Certified Surgical Technologists (CST) are responsible for providing an optimal surgical environment for the patient. CST’s are integral members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel-delivering patient care before, during and after surgery. Scrub, circulating and assisting surgical technologists have primary responsibility for maintaining the sterileeld, being constantly vigilant that all members of the team adhere to sterile techniques. The CST also handles the instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. The CST also circulates the operating room and monitors conditions and constantly assesses the needs of the patient and the surgical team.

Job Opportunities: Employment opportunities include hospitals, operating rooms, central sup- ply and purchasing, evaluating surgical products, and representatives for medical product companies. During the most recent follow-up survey, 85% of the graduates were employed.

Licensure: This program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP). The program prepares graduates to take the National Board of Surgical Technologist exam to become a Certified Surgical Technologist.

Program Costs: Students will be responsible for the payment of background checks and drug screening as well as exam costs. Approximate cost for this program is $5,800. This estimation of fees does not include costs incurred such as a physical and Hepatitis B immunizations.

Special Admission Requirements: All health occupation programs have special admission requirements. Individual application forms can be acquired from Student Services. Applications are accepted from mid- March through mid-June of each year with classes starting in August. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. All applicants must have a high school diploma or GED diploma. All applications are screened by the Surgical Technology entrance committee and students are admitted based on a point system. Interviews and essays are part of the point system. Prospective students must have a clear FDLE criminal background check. The list of felonies and misdemeanors that would exclude a student are listed below. (NOTE: If adjudication is withheld on a disqualifying offense, it is disqualifying. Some of the disqualifying offenses are misdemeanors and some are felonies. A DUI offense will also disqualify a student.)

To meet the requirements of the program, the following units of instruction are covered over three semesters (12 months). 

Total Clock Hours: 1,330

HSC003 Healthcare Support Worker

The Health Science Core is a core of basic knowledge necessary for any health occupations career. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the health care delivery system and health occupations, professional ethics and legal responsibilities; apply wellness and disease concepts; health safety, and environmental management systems; emergencies; technology; and blood borne diseases, including HIV/AIDS.

Adult – 90 clock hours

STS0015 Central Supply

The student will demonstrate skills in apply the principles of medical/surgical asepsis; infection control using CDC guidelines; equipment and supply inspection; decontamination; identify instruments, supply and distribution; labeling; and inventory. Simulated Labs, anatomy, medical terminology, and micro- biology are also included.

Adult - 210 clock hours 

STS0010 Surgical Technologist 1 - The surgical technology student will use communication and inter- personal skills; demonstrate understanding of microbiology, anatomy and physiology, asepsis, inflectional control techniques, physics, robotics, pharmacology, anesthesia, simulated labs, and how these sciences relate to surgical procedures.

Adult - 343 clock hours

STS0011 Surgical Technologist 2 - The student will be able to perform patient care procedures related to the surgical environment and methods for meeting patient’s needs. Including but not limited to patient transfer/transportation techniques used in the operating room; positioning and restraining patient for surgery; ground patient and connecting to electro surgical cautery unit; prepare operative site; identify steps for Foley catheter, applying sterile dressing and bandage. The student will also be able to select instruments; measure and pour solutions; perform surgical scrub, drape, and gown, demonstrate techniques of disinfection and sterilization, prepare specimens for lab, and apply safe patient care practices in surgery and knowledge of a variety of surgeries.

Adult - 343 clock hours

STS0012 Surgical Technologist 3 The student will be able to in a clinical environment, assist with surgical procedures; identify preoperative diagnosis, complications, and pathology relating to specific surgical procedures; list and describe types of incisions and would closures, identify instruments, equipment and supplies for any surgical procedures. The student will demonstrate understanding of legal and ethical responsibilities specific to surgical technology. The student will be able to state methods, standards, and aids of legal responsibilities and to explain job requirements as well as provide health care within the ethical/ legal framework of the job description.