The Surgical Technology Program is an Associate of Applied Sciences Degree program. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, the student will qualify to take the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technologists. The certifying exam is written and administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Certified Surgical Technologists (CSTs) are integral members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesia providers, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel delivering patient care before, during, and after surgery. Their primary responsibility is maintaining the sterile field. The CST handles the instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. Certified Surgical Technologists have an understanding of the procedure being performed, anticipate the needs of the surgeon and have the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure. The student should recognize that the clinical rotation of the Surgical Technology program demands that attitude; work habits, communication skills and manual dexterity are developed and evaluated along with academic readiness. CIP 510909
The Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida 33763, 727-210-2350. The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit accreditation services agency providing national recognition for higher education programs in surgical technology and surgical assisting, in collaboration with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), in order to promote quality surgical patient care through quality credible education.