Program Description:

Students in the Surgical Technology program are educated to be surgical technologists who work as part of the surgical team to ensure the operative procedure is conducted under optimal conditions. The Surgical Technologist is responsible for three phases (preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative) of patient care with minimal direction. All surgical team members must adhere to the principles of asepsis and the practice of sterile technique. The Surgical Technologist normally functions in a sterile capacity, passing instruments, equipment and supplies to the surgeon during the surgical procedure but may also perform many non-sterile duties throughout the work day. The content includes but is not limited to communication and interpersonal skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, aseptic techniques, patient care procedures, surgical technology procedures, patient safety, use and care of equipment and supplies, CPR, Heartsaver, employability skills, and basic computer literacy.

Prerequisites: Adult students only. Pre-admission exam (TABE) and interview required; student may enroll without a high school diploma or high school equivalency assessment but will not be awarded a Certificate of Applied Studies without a high school diploma or high school equivalency assessment.

Eleven months (1215 clock hours)
Students are accepted yearly in August

Schedule for new students starting in August 2018 will be:

  • Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with lunch from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Clinical rotations will begin around the end of January 2019 and the general schedule will be from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Courses: Required Courses:
  • Anatomy and Physiology (Surgical Technology I)
  • Lab (Surgical Technology II)
  • Pharmacology (Surgical Technology III)
  • Medical Terminology (Surgical Technology IV)
  • Introduction into Surgical Technology (Surgical Technology V)
  • Principles and Practices of Surgical Technology (Surgical Technology V)
  • Microbiology (Introduction to Central Supply and Employability Skills)
  • Surgical Procedures (Surgical Technology VI)
  • Clinical Rotation (Surgical Technology VII and Science Clincial Experience)

Certified Surgical Technologist, Surgical Technologist - Certified, CPR/AED Healthcare Provider, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission

The Surgical Technology program at ACT holds an accreditation with the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Click here for more info on this accreditation.

Sample Job Titles:

Certified Surgical Technologist, Surgical Technician, Operating Room Technician, Surgical Tech


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