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Surgical Technology

The health care field of Surgical Technology is a dynamic and exciting allied health profession. The Surgical Technologist is a vital member of the allied health field of professionals who work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other personnel delivering surgical patient care.

Columbus State Community College offers a three (3) semester academic/laboratory/clinical Certificate Surgical Technology program concurrent with a five (5) semester academic/laboratory/clinical Associate of Applied Science Degree program.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), Columbus State Community College Surgical Technology Program provides students with the opportunity to work as a Certified Surgical Technologist. In this program, students will be required to complete the academic classroom requirements, but will also have the opportunity to gain valuable supervised clinical practice. As part of the curriculum, the students will rotate through the clinical affiliates as scheduled in the course sequence. The standard surgical rotation case requirements that students must achieve is 120 cases, following the AST Core Curriculum, 6th edition. The case types and roles are identified below:

Surgical Rotation Case Requirements

As of January 1, 2013

Surgical TechnologySurgical Technology students will be required to complete the academic classroom requirements, but will also have the opportunity to gain valuable supervised clinical practice. As part of the curriculum, the students will rotate through the clinical affiliates as scheduled in the course sequence. The standard surgical rotation case requirements that students must achieve is 120 cases, following the AST Core Curriculum, 6th edition

Students are required to complete 30 cases in General Surgery. Twenty of the cases must be in the First Scrub Role. Observation cases must be documented, but do not count towards the 120 required cases.

FIRST SCRUB ROLE (STSR1) – The student surgical technologist shall perform the following duties during any given surgical procedure with proficiency.

  • Verify supplies and equipment needed for the surgical procedure.
  • Set up the sterile field with instruments, supplies, equipment, medications and solutions needed for the procedure.
  • Perform counts with the circulator prior to the procedure and before the incision is closed.
  • Pass instruments and supplies to the sterile surgical team members during the procedure.
  • Maintain sterile technique as measured by recognized breaks in technique and demonstrate knowledge of how to correct with appropriate technique.

SECOND SCRUB ROLE (STSR2) – The second scrub role is defined as the student who is at the sterile field who has not met all the criteria of the first scrub role, but actively participates in the surgical procedure in its entirety by completing any of the following:

  • Sponging the surgical wound
  • Suctioning wound
  • Cutting suture
  • Holding retractors
  • Manipulating endoscopic camera

ASSISTANT CIRCULATOR ROLE (STAC) – The non-sterile role is defined as the student who assists with the following:

  • Preparing the OR
  • Transports the patient to the OR
  • Positions the patient
  • Performs the surgical skin prep
  • Dispenses additional items to the sterile field
  • Maintains the patient’s operative record
  • Assists the anesthesia provider

OBSERVATION ROLE (OBS) – T

The observation role is defined as the student who is in the operating room performing roles that do not meet the criteria for the first or second scrub role.

Students are required to complete 90 cases in various surgical specialties to include Cardiothoracic, ENT, Eye, GU, Neuro, Ob-Gyn, Oral/Maxillofacial, Orthopedics, Peripheral vascular, Plastics, Procurement/Transplant.

Sixty of the cases must be in the First Scrub Role and evenly distributed between a minimum of 5 surgical specialties. However, 15 is the maximum number of cases that can be counted in any one specialty.

Diagnostic endoscopy cases and vaginal delivery cases are not mandatory. But up to 10 diagnostics endoscopic cases and 5 vaginal delivery cases can be counted towards maximum number of Second Scrub Role cases.

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Prospective students can obtain additional information at program information sessions or by contacting the Surgical Technology Department at 614-287-5215 or surgtech@cscc.edu