Surgical Technologist

Associate in Occupational Studies Degree Program 94.5 quarter credits

The Surgical Technologist degree program prepares students to become an integral part of the surgical team in a variety of perioperative settings. Students learn basic anatomy and physiology, aseptic techniques and infection control, and general and specialized surgical procedures. Laboratory classes in a simulated operating room provide an opportunity to practice what is learned in lecture classes, and clinical experiences in hospitals and surgery centers prepare students to enter this challenging career field. General education courses in psychology, communications, information literacy and the ethics of patient care provide students with the tools needed to perform with integrity and a high level of professionalism.
This program prepares students for entry-level employment. Surgical technologists work in a variety of settings, such as hospital surgical and sterile processing departments, outpatient surgical centers, physician and dentist offices, ambulatory surgical centers and in the private sector in medical sales, insurance, product development and education.
Graduates are awarded an Associate in Occupational Studies degree (AOS) as authorized by the New York State Board of Regents.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

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).

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

This program prepares competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of bioscience and surgical procedures to the entry-level practice of surgical and sterile processing technology in a variety of perioperative settings;
  • Practice within legal, ethical and professional standards as defined by the governing bodies for professional practice;
  • Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with surgeons, nurses, the healthcare team, patients and their families;
  • Apply critical thinking and ethical reasoning skills in decision-making situations;
  • Promote wellness practices and a healthy lifestyle for patients and engage in effective self-care to promote health and career longevity.

CONSUMER INFORMATION

  • Profession: Find out more about the profession of surgical technologist from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (SOC code 29.2055.00).
  • Skills: Find out more about the skills needed for a surgical technologist career from the U.S. Department of Labor's O*net.
  • Program Costs (if completed on time):
    • Tuition: $29,012
    • Fees: $2,270
    • Books and supplies: Approximately $1,500
  • Typical student loan debt of graduates:
    • 100 percent of the 13 students completing the program in the last reporting period (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013) had obtained loans in addition to grants and scholarships to finance their education.
    • The median cumulative debt from Federal loans was $19,850
    • The median cumulative debt from private loans was $0.
  • On-time graduation rate: This is a new program and does not yet have graduates.
  • Graduate employment rate: This is a new program and does not yet have graduates.