Surgical Technologist
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Become Part of a Surgical Team

The Surgical Technologist degree program prepares students to become an integral part of the surgical team in a variety of perioperative settings.

Graduates are awarded an Associate in Occupational Studies degree (AOS) as authorized by the New York State Board of Regents.

The Surgical Technologist program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). ARC/STSA Outcome Assessment *Based on the 2017 Annual Report submitted to ARC/STSA In compliance with Standard V.A.4


 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater FL 33763
Phone: 727.210.2350


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What to Expect in the Program

The Surgical Technologist program is available in a 94.5-quarter (18 month) course sequence. Classes for this program are held during weekday daytime hours. This program provides students with an in-depth understanding of basic anatomy and physiology, aseptic techniques and infection control, and general and specialized surgical procedures so they can work collaboratively and communicate effectively with surgeons, nurses, healthcare teams, patients and their families. Students are also presented with the opportunity to practice what they learn in lecture classes through simulated operating room exercises in the program’s laboratory classes. Clinical experiences in hospitals and surgery centers are also used to help prepare students to enter this in-demand career field.

Successful completion of the Surgical Technologist program prepares students for entry-level employment in a variety of healthcare settings, such as hospital surgical and sterile processing departments, outpatient surgical centers, physician and dentist offices, and ambulatory surgical centers. Graduates can also find gainful employment in the private sector in areas such as medical sales, insurance, product development, and education.

Want to know more about what a day in the life of a Surgical Technologist student is like? Check out a Sample Schedule!

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Academic Calendar

Semester Calendar
Massage Therapy, Nursing, Personal Training
2018 Spring Semester

Classes Begin Monday, May 7

Classes End Saturday, August 18

School is closed for Holidays, Memorial Day- Monday, May 28, Independence Day- Wednesday, July 4th

2018 Winter Semester

Classes Begin Tuesday, January 16

Classes End Saturday, April 28

School is closed for Holiday: Martin Luther King- Monday, January 15

2017 Fall Semester

Classes Begin Thursday, September 7

Classes End Friday, December 22

School is closed for Holiday: Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 23 and

Friday, November 24

2017 Spring Semester

Classes begin Monday, June 26 *Massage Therapy only (morning classes)
Classes end Saturday, August 19

Classes begin Monday, May 8
Classes end Saturday, August 19

School is closed for Holidays:
Memorial Day – Monday, May 29
Independence Day – Tuesday, July 4

Quarter Calendar
Medical Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding, Surgical Technologist
2018 Spring Quarter

Classes Begin Monday, April 16

Classes End Monday, July 2

School is closed for Holiday: Memorial Day- Monday, May 28

2018 Winter Quarter

Classes Begin Tuesday, January 16

Classes End Tuesday, April 3

School is closed for Holiday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day- Monday, January 15

2017 Fall Quarter

Classes Begin Thursday, October 5

Classes End Friday, December 22

School is closed for Holiday: Thanksgiving- Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24

2017 Summer Quarter

Classes Begin Wednesday, July 12

Classes End Wednesday, September 27

School is closed for Holiday: Labor Day – Monday, September 4

Message from the Director

Dear Prospective Student,

The Surgical Technology Program is an accelerated 18-month associate degree program (as opposed to 24 months in most schools). The Surgical Technology program is a full-time, Monday through Friday course. Students will need to keep availability open from 6:30am to 5:00pm, depending on the schedule for each quarter.

I’m so happy to see you have an interest in Surgical Technology. Our staff at Swedish Institute will be more than helpful in fostering your enthusiasm for surgery, teaching you various surgical procedures as well as aseptic technique and anatomy of the human body, just to name a few courses. You will soon come to realize how exciting and rewarding surgery can be. You will walk away from work every day of your life knowing you have made a positive difference in many people’s lives. This will be a very challenging career in which you will perform a wide range of procedures, from routine biopsies to complex open heart surgeries. You may even be exposed to a good deal of trauma while on clinical rotations.

But, don’t worry; you will be well-prepared for everything thanks to the education and training you receive in this program.

Our instructors are all at the top of their professions with each having a national certification and decades of experience collectively. All of us are eager to teach the future of Surgical Technology by making you the best you can be before you leave Swedish Institute.

You will start with the basics for the beginning term. By the sixth month you will be going out to hospitals in real operating rooms with real patients, doing real procedures. It is at this point that you will swell with pride knowing how wonderful it feels to help save someone’s life.

I look forward to seeing you next term. I want to welcome you and look forward to you being a part of my surgical team.

Scott A. Freer CSTFA, BS

Director of Surgical Technology

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Success Stories

I am honored to say I graduated from Swedish Institute not once, but twice. The First time was in the Massage Therapy Program and the second, Surgical Technology. I felt more than prepared in the in the surgery room. Mostly very confident in what I have learned. Special thanks to Richard Gardner in Career Services who worked day and night to make sure I got a job. If I had to do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat.

Swedish was the perfect place for my transition for my journey into the medical field. I was properly taught and prepared for what I could expect in real life applications. Once making it through the 18-month program, career services helped me immensely, in finding the right place to be employed by. I love what I do, and that wouldn't have happened if not for Swedish Institute.

Being in the surgical tech program was mostly a fun experience at the Swedish Institute. I learned a lot in my clinical rotations, such an intense and exciting profession, and clinical helped me tremendously with preparing for the "OR World". During my last term, Career Services help me so much, especially with my resume. Richard was able to find me a job, a now I'm living my dream of working in the operating room.