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Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology  

Length 1,330 Hours
Admissions Contact Nancy Stevens - stevensn@pcsb.org
Course Information P. Gould - 727-893-2500, ext. 2577 
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The next start date for the Surgical Technology program is scheduled for August, 2017. 

Mission: The mission of this program is to provide training for employment in the surgical area of the health care industry. The surgical technologist works under the supervision of surgical and nursing personnel to facilitate the safe and effective administration of invasive procedures.

Program H170211 consists of a planned sequence of courses.

Basic Healthcare Worker - Course HSC0003 (90 hours) – Instruction covers basic health care and safety procedures, employability, communications, interpersonal skills, basic mathematics, science, and computer literacy.

Central Supply Assistant - Course STS0015 (210 hours) – Consists of theory and application of central services departmental organization and function; basic anatomy, physiology, microbiology and chemistry related to central service activities; quality assurance; infection control and isolation techniques, principles of safety; principles, methods and controls of sterilization processes; cleaning, processing packaging, distributing, and storing.

Surgical Technologist, 1 of 3 - Course STS0010 (343 hours) – This course provides the student with an introduction to anatomy and basic physiology, microbiology, the biomedical sciences, and pharmacology.

Surgical Technologist, 2 of 3 - Course STS0011 (343 hours) – This course provides an introduction to operating room theory with a practical application of the skills to be performed by the surgical technologist; principles and concepts of aseptic technique and their relation to the surgical suite; proper use of instrumentation, sutures, needles, and surgical counts; all other techniques associated with the surgical technologist’s role; and a review of anatomy and the various specialties.

Surgical Technologist, 3 of 3 - Course STS0012 (344 hours) – This course includes legal and ethical responsibilities; clinical application; and a continuation of the study of anatomy and specialty areas.

The Pinellas Technical College Surgical Technology program is unable to accommodate students who want to participate in clinicals at sites other than those approved for use locally. Only day hours are available. Note:  schedule will vary during clinical experience hours; see the instructor or counselor for more information.

Special Admission Requirements: Specific health occupations admission guidelines (immunizations, drug screening, background check, etc.) are available in Student Services.

Attend a mandatory information session:  An information session is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6, 2017 and Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 8:00 am. For questions/more information, contact Nancy Stevens, guidance counselor - stevensn@pcsb.org.

To find out what skills you need to be a surgical technologist 

Distance Education:  The Surgical Technology course curriculum is delivered online in the classroom setting with limited distance education offered off-campus.  The program does not use a lecture only format; demonstrations and occasional lectures supplement the online curriculum.  The Surgical Technology program has the distance learning option of one day a week, as determined by the instructor for the first 234 hours, which includes the Basic Healthcare Worker and the Central Supply Assistant theory portion of the program.  Once the Central Supply Assistant clinical is complete, the instructor may assign off-campus days during the remainder of the program.  Distance education is not available to students receiving VA benefits.  For additional information go to the 'Online Programs and Courses' page.

Articulation Agreement(s): Pinellas County Schools Centers for Wellness and Medical Professions

Program Accreditation: The Pinellas Technical College Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), on recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763
(727) 210-2350

Industry Certification(s):

  • After completion of course HSC003 and course STS0015, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (CSPDT) exam
  • After graduation, students are eligible to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) exam to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

CST Certification Outcomes:

 Reporting Year

 Program Graduates

 # Passed CST Exam

 % Passed CST Exam

 2015

 6

 4

 67%

 
Related Links
The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (formerly known as the Liaison Council on Certification for the Surgical Technologist) - www.nbstsa.org

Minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirement:  80%

Minimum Attendance Requirement:  80%

Basic Skills Entrance/Exit Requirements:  Student's competency in reading, math, and language is pre-assessed using the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).  Required basic skills grade levels are: Reading-11, Math-10, and Language-11.

 

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