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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-semester academic/laboratory/clinical Certificate Surgical Technology program concurrent with a five semester, academic/laboratory/clinical Associate of Applied Science Degree program.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits the certificate and associate degree programs. Graduates are eligible to obtain national certification as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) upon successful examination administered by the Liaison Council on Certification for the Surgical Technologist (LCC-ST).

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Surgical Technology, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate all competencies required for the certified Surgical Technologist (CST)
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and practice of patient care techniques
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of sterile and surgical techniques
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and practice in the role of the first scrub (STSR) and second scrub (STSR2)
  • Demonstrate knowledge and practice of circulating skills and tasks (STAC)
  • Demonstrate knowledge relating to operating room emergency situations
  • Demonstrate advanced organizational skills
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge in one or two surgical specialty areas
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude.

Upon completion of the Surgical Technology Certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and practice of basic patient care concepts
  • Demonstrate the application of the principles of asepsis in a knowledgeable manner that provides for optimal patient care in the operating room
  • Demonstrate basic surgical case preparation skills in the sterile processing role (STSP) and transportation/communication role (STTC)
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the role of first scrub (STSR) and second scrub (STSR2) on basic surgical cases
  • Demonstrate responsible behavior as a health care professional.

Specific Program Admission Information

Listed below are additional requirements for admission to the Surgical Technology program.

College Placement Testing

  • Placement testing into or completion of MATH 1030. A student who has college algebra transfer credit (grade of “C” or better) is not required to take the placement test.
  • Placement testing into ENGL 1100 or completion of ENGL 1100. Student who has college transfer credit for ENGL 1100 is not required to take the placement test.

Course completion of the following:

  • High school graduate or GED equivalency
  • High school physics within the last three years or PHYS 0100 Introduction to Physics
  • High school biology (grade of “C” or better) within the past five years or BIO 0100 or BIO 1101 (with a grade of “C” or better)

College Course Completion (or successful completion of equivalent approved training)

  • CHEM 1113 with grade of “C” or better
  • NURC 1101 Nurse-Aide Training Program
  • NURC 1102 Patient Care Skills 
  • HIMT 1121Advanced Medical Terminology
  • Grade Point Average of 2.5 or better in courses related to the Surgical Technology plan of study

Upon acceptance into the Surgical Technology program, the following additional items are required to be completed by the student before registration for autumn semester will be allowed:

  • MULT 1020 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Completed Health Record on file at the Health Records Office, including drug testing and background check.

Acceptance is conditional on submission and clearance of student background history by the Columbus State Community College Public Safety Department, and drug screening clearance by the Columbus State Community College Health Records Office. Prospective students can obtain additional information at program information sessions or by contacting Shawndeia Thomas (T: 614-287-5215/E: sthoma11@cscc.edu). Interested persons also can visit the Surgical Technology website, www.cscc.edu/SurgTech/

Statement Regarding Infectious Diseases

Students in this program perform clinical work on real people. Columbus State does not discriminate against students, faculty, or patients in any way, or based on color, creed, national origin, gender, disability or sexual preference. The patient populations with whom we work come from all walks of life, thus students may be exposed to many types of communicable diseases. These are not limited to, but may include Hepatitis (A, B, C or D), HIV/AIDS, TB, measles, German measles, and mumps. All students are required to have appropriate immunizations after they are admitted to the program (information is given to all admitted students). Additionally, although all precautions are taken to minimize exposure and risk, there is always a slight possibility that precautions may fail or that a student may accidentally expose him/herself to an infectious disease. All students entering the program must be aware of this slight, but real, potential risk. All students are encouraged to have personal health insurance in effect by the first day of class.

Surgical Technology Associate Degree

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
BIO 2300 Human Anatomy  4
SURG 1861 Surgical Technology I  6
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
Semester 2 . .
SBS XXXX Refer to approved list  3
BIO 2232 Human Physiology  4
SURG 1862 Surgical Technology II  6
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
Summer Semester . .
HIMT 1141 Pharmacology  2
SURG 1863 Surgical Technology III  8
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 10
Semester 3 . .
HUM XXXX Refer to approved list  3
BIO 2263 Human Pathophysiology  3
SURG 2864 Surgical Technology IV  6
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
Semester 4 . .
STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics  3
BIO 2215 Introduction to Microbiology  4
SURG 2865 Surgical Technology V  9
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS  . 65

GE-SOCIAL BEHAVORIAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

ANTH 2202 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology  3
GEOG 2240 Economic and Social Geography  3
POLS 1100 American Government  3
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology  3
ECON 2200 Principles of Microeconomics  3

GE-ART/HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

HART 1201 History of Art I  3
HART 1202 History of Art II  3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648  3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648  3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877  3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877  3
HIST 1181 World Civ I: Non-Western/Non-Amer/1500  3
HIST 1182 World Civ II: Non-Western/Non-Amer/Since 1500  3
HIST 2223 African American History I:  1451-1876  3
HIST 2224 African American History II:  1877-Present  3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities  3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions  3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History  3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy  3
PHIL 1130 Ethics  3

Surgical Technology Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
BIO 2300 Human Anatomy  4
SURG 1861 Surgical Technology I  6
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
Semester 2 . .
SBS XXXX Refer to approved list  3
BIO 2232 Human Physiology  4
SURG 1862 Surgical Technology II  6
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 37
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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