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Surgical Technology

Support doctors and other medical professionals as an operating room technician. You’ll learn to prepare for and assist during surgeries as part of a healthcare team.

What is Surgical Technology?

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings such as medical offices, out-patient clinics, and the operating room. 

The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures.  This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic techniques and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

This program provides clinical experience built upon classroom instruction in the basic sciences, patient care, aseptic techniques and surgical procedures. CPR (for Healthcare Professionals) requirements must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in clinicals mid-October and must be kept current throughout the program.

Students who have completed program requirements must sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist examination (CST) offered by the National Board on Certification for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 100; Littleton, CO 80120; Phone: (800) 707-0057; www.nbstsa.org.

What are my career choices?

The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Advising Plans

First Semester
Class Credit hours
BIO 137 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
AHS 115 - Medical Terminology OR 3
CLA 131 - Medical Terminology from Greek and Latin OR (3)
MIT 103 - Medical Office Terminology 3
ENG 101 - Writing I 3
Total 10
Second Semester
Class Credit hours
BIO 139 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
MAT 110 - Applied Mathematics OR 3
MAT 150 - College Algebra Functions OR (3)
Higher Level Quantitative Reasoning Course (3)
Heritage/Humanities 3
Social/Behavioral Science 3
Digital Literacy or Competency Exam 3
CPR (American Heart Association Only)  
Total  13-16
Summer Term
Class Credit hours
BIO 118 - Microbes and Society OR
BIO 225 - Medical Microbiology w/Lab OR (4)
BIO 226 - Principles of Microbiology OR (3) 
Bio 227 - Principles of Microbiology w/Lab (5)
Total 3-5
Third Semester
Class Credit hours
SUR 100 - Surgical Technologies Fundamentals/Theory 12
SUR 101 - Surgical Technologies Fundamentals/Lab 1
SUR 125 - Surgical Technology Skills Practicum I 3
SUR 130 - Principles of Surgical Pharmacology 2
Total  18
Fourth Semester
Class Credit hours
SUR 200 - Surgical Technology Advanced Theory 9
SUR 201 - Surgical Technology Skills Practicum II

 

7
Total  16
Other (Degree Option Courses)
Class Credit hours
BAS 120 - Personal Finance 3
NAA 100 - Nursing Assistant Skills I 3

Total hours for program: 60-65


Download Program Overview (pdf)

Pre-Admission Conference

You can now participate in the online pre-admission conference.

After viewing the online pre-admission conference, a student may then print the application and verification form and hand in the completed documents to Tammy Watters, Program Coordinator.

If a student applied to the program or attended a pre-admission conference in the past, the student must still view the online pre-admission conference each semester and submit a new application and other necessary information to be considered for acceptance.

Downloads

Application (pdf, new window)
Verification Form (pdf, new window)
Point System (pdf, new window)

Accreditation

The Surgical Technology program at Somerset Community College is accredited through the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA) (6 W. Dry Creek Cir., Suite 110, Littleton, CO 80120; info@arcstsa.org 303-694-9262, and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; 727-210-2350.; mail@caahep.org

SCC Accreditation
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 

Professional Organization: www.ast.org
Note: Credential requirements for this program are subject to change. Students should verify course requirements with their advisor.

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Examination Pass Rate
Rate year Passing students/number of examinees Number passing on 1st attempt Number passing on 2nd attempt Percent Pass Rate
2018  10/12 83%   83%
2017 7/7 100%   100%
2016 9/9 100%   100%
2015 7/8 88% 1/1=100% 100%
2014 9/9 100%   100%

Coordinator’s Notes

  • Surgical Technology is a selective admissions program with limited enrollment.
  • Program admits one time per year in August. 
  • Clinical Component: Community Agencies providing clinical services include: Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, Lake Cumberland Surgery Center, MedPark West Surgery Center, Russell County Hospital, St. Joseph of London and Manchester Memorial Hospital.

Additional Criteria:

Students must undergo a drug/background check and submit the following documentation prior to clinicals:

  • Current CPR certification  
  • Eye exam
  • Physical exam
  • Immunization records: MMR or titer, Tdap/Tetanus or titer, Varicella or titer, Hepatitis B or titer, TB skin test, Influenza

Admissions Process

A pre-admissions conference is required prior to applicant’s consideration by the Surgical Technology Admissions Committee.
Follow this link to Pre-Admission Conference Information.

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Program Contact

Tammy Watters

Program Coordinator

606.451.6792

tammy.watters@kctcs.edu

Program Contact

Cheryl Ping

Surgical Technology

Administrative Assistant

606.451.6841

cheryl.ping@kctcs.edu 

Program Contact

Anita Anderson

Surgical Technology

Clinical Coordinator

606.451.6814

anita.anderson@kctcs.edu