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  The Surgical Technology program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in the surgical field. The Surgical Technology Degree programs provide learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and technical knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in Surgical Technology. Graduates of the program receive a Surgical Technology degree and are qualified for employment as surgical technologists. The National Certification exam is given prior to graduation. Students that pass the national certification exam will earn the credential Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). The Surgical Technology department reported a 90% pass rate for the certification exam on its 2018 annual accreditation report.

Additional Entrance Requirements

Surgical Technology program admission is a competitive selection process. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in the General and Occupational core classes at Lanier Tech or have a GPA of 2.5 on all previous college courses. See program flyer for required courses.

Students must take the TEAS entrance exam. Priority will be given to those with the highest scores. Cumulative GPA on all core classes will also be considered as part of the selection process. Transfer students must submit a transfer of credit evaluation form to the Registrar’s Office and have all transfer of credit issues finalized at least one full semester prior to the semester in which they are seeking admission. Transfer of credit will not be done on the day of registration. STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THE SELECTIVE APPLICATION FOR SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY FOUND ON THE LANIER TECH WEBSITE AND SUBMIT IT TO THE SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY OFFICE BY October 30, 2018 TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE Spring 2019 SEMESTER. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR SELECTION UNLESS A PROPERLY COMPLETED APPLICATION AND A COPY OF YOUR TEAS TEST SCORE ARE SUBMITTED PRIOR TO THE DEADLINE.

Minimum Clinical Case Requirement for Graduation

Students must complete a minimum of 120 total scrub cases as delineated below; Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 cases in General Surgery, with 20 of these cases in the first scrub role. The remaining 10 cases may be performed in the first or second scrub role. Students are required to complete 90 cases in various surgical specialties, excluding General Surgery; 60 of these cases must be performed in the first scrub role. The additional 30 cases may be performed in either the first or second scrub role. A minimum of 60 surgical specialty cases must be performed in the first scrub role and distributed amongst a minimum of 4 surgical specialties. A minimum of 10 cases in the first scrub role must be completed in each of the required minimum of four surgical specialties (40 cases total required). The additional 20 cases in the first scrub role may be distributed amongst any one surgical specialty or multiple surgical specialties. The remaining 30 specialty cases may be performed in any surgical specialty either in the first or second scrub role.

Lanier Technical College and the ARC/STSA adhere to the following student work policy:

All student activities associated with the surgical technology curriculum, especially while students are completing clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not receive any monetary remuneration during this educational experience, nor will the student be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution, in the capacity of a surgical technologist.

Program Accreditation

The Surgical Technology program at Lanier Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763. 727-210-2350

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does our Surgical Technologist Program offer you?
  • Study of the anatomy & physiology of the body
  • An introduction to the operating room as well as training in surgical skills and laboratory procedures
  • CPR certification
  • Education related to sterilization and surgical instrument set-ups
  • Knowledge of surgical room equipment and supplies
  • Training in the application of surgical dressings
  • The skills to properly prepare a patient for surgery
  • An externship at a medical facility

What kind of work do we prepare you to do?
As a Surgical Technologist, you'll assist in surgical procedures under the supervision of surgeons, nurses and other surgical personnel.
Your training will give you the expertise you need to set up operating room instruments, supplies and equipment, prepare patients for surgery, assist the surgeon during surgery and more.

What career choices are available to graduates?
Before you graduate you will be given the opportunity to take an exam to complete your certification as a Surgical Technologist. When you pass this exam you will hold the title of Certified Surgical Technologist and will be qualified to work in places like:
  • Hospital operating rooms           
  • Surgical centers
  • Delivery rooms
  • Clinics

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Significant Points [+]

  • Employment is expected to grow much faster than average.
  • Job opportunities will be best for technologists who are certified and for those who are willing to relocate.
  • Training programs last 12 to 24 months and lead to a diploma or associate’s degree.

  • Program Instructors [+]

      Sylvia Bache  
      Surgical Technology/Allied Health Science Instructor
      Hall Campus
      Phone: (770) 533-6947

      Mark Wiese  
      Surgical Technology Program Director
      Hall Campus
      Phone: (770) 533-6972

    Nature of the Work [+]

    Surgical technologists, also called scrubs and surgical or operating room technicians, assist in surgical operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. Surgical technologists are members of operating room teams, which most commonly include surgeons, anesthesiologists, and circulating nurses.

    Before an operation, surgical technologists help prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment, sterile drapes, and sterile solutions. They assemble both sterile and nonsterile equipment, as well as check and adjust it to ensure that it is working properly. Technologists also get patients ready for surgery by washing, shaving, and disinfecting incision sites. They transport patients to the operating room, help position them on the operating table, and cover them with sterile surgical drapes. Technologists also help the surgical team put on sterile gowns and gloves.

    During surgery, technologists pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and surgical assistants. They may hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments. Surgical technologists help prepare, care for, and dispose of specimens taken for laboratory analysis and help apply dressings. Some operate sterilizers, lights, or suction machines and help operate diagnostic equipment.

    After an operation, surgical technologists may help transfer patients to the recovery room and clean and restock the operating room.

    Certified surgical technologists with additional specialized education or training also may act in the role of the surgical first assistant or circulator. Under the surgeon's direction, the surgical first assistant, as defined by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), provides aid in exposure, hemostasis (controlling blood flow and stopping or preventing hemorrhage), and other technical functions that help the surgeon carry out a safe operation.

    Work Environment [+]

    Surgical technologists work in clean, well-lighted, cool environments. They must stand for long periods and remain alert during operations. At times, they may be exposed to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights, odors, and materials.

    Most surgical technologists work a regular 40-hour week, although they may be on call or work nights, weekends, and holidays on a rotating basis. Before an operation, surgical technologists help prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment, sterile drapes, and sterile solutions.

    Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement [+]

    Surgical technologists receive their training in formal programs offered by technical colleges, universities, hospitals, and the military. In 2008, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) recognized more than 450 accredited training programs. Programs last from 12 to 24 months and lead to a diploma or associate’s degree. High school graduation normally is required for admission. Recommended high school courses include health, biology, chemistry, and mathematics.

    Programs provide classroom education and supervised clinical experience. Students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, professional ethics, and medical terminology. Other topics covered include the care and safety of patients during surgery, sterile techniques, and surgical procedures. Students also learn to sterilize instruments; prevent and control infection; and handle special drugs, solutions, supplies, and equipment.

    Other qualifications. Surgical technologists need manual dexterity to handle instruments quickly. They also must be conscientious, orderly, and emotionally stable to handle the demands of the operating room environment. Technologists must respond quickly and must be familiar with operating procedures in order to have instruments ready for surgeons without having to be told to do so. They are expected to keep abreast of new developments in the field.

    Certification and advancement. Most employers prefer to hire certified technologists. Technologists may obtain professional certification from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assistaing (NBSTSA) by graduating from a CAAHEP-accredited program and passing a national certification examination. They may then use the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) designation. In order to maintain certification, certified surgical technologists must earn 60 hours of approved continuing education over a 4-year period or retake and pass the certifying exam at the end of the 4-year period.

    Job Outlook [+]

    Employment of surgical technologists is expected to grow 25 percent between 2010 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations, as the volume of surgeries increases. The number of surgical procedures is expected to continue to rise as the population grows and ages. Older people, including the baby-boom generation, which generally requires more surgical procedures, will continue to account for a larger portion of the U.S. population. In addition, technological advances, such as fiber optics and laser technology, have permitted an increasing number of new surgical procedures to be performed and also have allowed surgical technologists to assist with a greater number of procedures.

    Employment change. Hospitals will continue to be the primary employer of surgical technologists. However, because of better paying opportunities, much faster employment growth is expected in offices of physicians and in outpatient care centers, including ambulatory surgical centers.

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