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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 four-quarter academic/laboratory/clinical Certificate Surgical Technology program concurrent with a six-quarter 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/commu- nication 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 MATH 104 or completion of MATH 103. 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 101 or ENGL 111 or completion of ENGL 100. Student who has college transfer credit for ENGL 101 is not required to take the placement test.
  • Placement testing above the reading requirements or completion of DEV 044. Student who has college transfer credit for ENGL 101 is not required to take the placement test.

High School Course Completion

  • High school graduate or GED equivalency
  • High school biology (grade of “C” or better) within the past five years or BIO 100 or BIO 101 (with a grade of “C” or better)

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

  • CHEM 113 with grade of “C” or better
  • NURC 101 Nurse-Aide Training Program
  • NURC 102 Patient Care Skills I
  • HIMT 121 Advanced 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, the following additional items are required to be completed by the student before registration for autumn quarter will be allowed:

  • MULT 102 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 Don Durst at (614) 287-3655 or ddurst@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.

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Surgical Technology Associate Degree

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
SURG 102 Surgical Technology I 7
ENGL 101 Beginning Composition 3
BIO 261 Human Anatomy 5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   15

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
SURG 104 Surgical Technology II 7
BIO 262 Human Physiology 5
ENGL 102 Essay and Research 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   15

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
SURG 202 Surgical Technology III 9
HIMT 141 Pharmacology 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   12

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
SURG 204 Surgical Technology IV 9
SSCI xxx Social Sciences 100, 101, 102, 104, or 105 5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   14

Quarter 5

Course Name Credits
SURG 250 Surgical Technology V 7
BIO 215 General Microbiology 5
HUM xxx Humanities 111, 112, 113, 151, 152, or 224 5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   17

Quarter 6

Course Name Credits
SURG 251 Surgical Technology VI 7
BIO 263 Human Pathophysiology 5
COMM xxx 200 or 202 or 204 3
COMM xxx 105 or 110 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   18
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS   91

 

Surgical Technology Certificate

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
SURG 102 Surgical Technology I 7
ENGL 101 Beginning Composition 3
BIO 261 Human Anatomy 5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   15

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
SURG 104 Surgical Technology II 7
BIO 262 Human Physiology 5
ENGL 102 Essay and Research 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   15

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
SURG 202 Surgical Technology III 9
HIMT 141 Pharmacology 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   12

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
SURG 204 Surgical Technology IV 9
SSCI xxx Social Sciences 100, 101, 102, 104, or 105 5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   14
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS   56

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