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Surgical Technology

Since 1998, the Surgical Technology department at Sinclair Community College has been offering the opportunity for you to prepare for a career as a member of a surgical team. A Surgical Technologist works together with a Surgeon, Registered Nurse, and Anesthesiologist to ensure proper surgical case management. Specifically, Surgical Technologists prepare and pass all sterile instruments during the surgical procedure while maintaining the sterile field and anticipating the needs of the surgeon.

The goal of this program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as entry-level surgical technologists and become contributing members of the health care team.

This will be accomplished by:

  1. Preparing competent graduates in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains
  2. Meeting or exceeding the criteria set forth in the current CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology

Why major in Surgical Technology?

Our program is specifically designed to provide you with the educational skill development and clinical experience to function under medical direction as a competent surgical technologist. The coursework for this program offers full range exposure to math and science, communication, professionalism, and the complete study of surgical science. Our program’s educational combination of both didactic instruction and clinical practice provides the knowledge you need to succeed in this field.

This area of study might be for you if:
  • You would like to work in medical field as surgical assistant and with knowledge of advanced medical techniques.
  • You are a person who enjoys working as part of a team.
  • You enjoy working with a diverse population, performing a variety of tasks.
  • You want to gain new skills that are in demand across the country.

A surgical Technologist helps to meet the needs of patients in the operating rooms in a variety of different environments. Employment may be found in hospital operating rooms, OB departments, ambulatory surgery centers, endoscopy centers, tissue banks, sterile processing departments, and private work with physician groups.

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Associate of Applied Science
Surgical Technology

The Surgical Technology program at Sinclair Community College has been CAAHEP approved since 1998 and offers the opportunity to prepare for a career as a member of a surgical team. A surgical technologist works together with the surgeon, registered nurse, and anesthesiologist as a member of the surgical team. To ensure proper surgical case management, the surgical technologist prepares and passes all sterile instruments during the surgical procedure while maintaining the sterile field and anticipating the needs of the surgeon. The surgical technologist helps to meet the needs of patients in the operating rooms of hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, physician offices, diagnostic facilities and other agencies where surgery is performed. The Surgical Technology program is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters on a full-time basis. The degree program consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required, as well as a grade of C or higher in all program courses. The program includes both didactic instruction and supervised clinical practice in all areas required by the ARC/STSA (in collaboration with CAAHEP). Supervised clinical practice in area operating rooms include participating in procedures in general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, plastic surgery, urology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, thoracic surgery, cardiovascular, and peripheral vascular surgery. Note: For students under age 18 there may be restrictions on participating in certain Health Sciences programs. Any student under age 18 must contact the program director/department chair to discuss whether he or she may enroll.

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Short-term Technical Certificate
Perioperative Nursing

This is an advanced certificate program designed to provide Registered Nurses (RN’s), graduate nurses, and nursing students, an introduction to and experiential learning opportunities in perioperative nursing. Students will be exposed to the knowledge and skills required to provide safe, patient-centered care to patients having surgical intervention during the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative periods. Upon completion, students will be prepared for an entry-level operating room staff nurse position. Graduates are also eligible to join the Association of PeriOperative Nurses (AORN), and, following two years of operating room experience, may sit for the CNOR exam, an accredited credentialing exam for perioperative registered nurses.

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RN Scrub

This advanced short-term certificate is designed to provide Registered Nurses, who specialize in Perioperative Nursing, the opportunity to learn the technical skills required to perform in the role of the Scrub during surgical intervention. Students will be exposed to the knowledge and skills required to provide assistance to the surgeon performing surgical intervention during the intraoperative period.

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Surgical Instrument Technician

The Surgical Instrument Technician short-term certificate program will prepare the graduate to work within a health-care facility to ensure medical and surgical supplies, instruments, and equipment are properly cleaned, prepared, processed, stored, and distributed for patient care and surgical use. Knowledge of basic human anatomy, medical terminology, and a combination of sterilization, inventory control, and information technologies are integrated into the curriculum to ensure a safe outcome for all patients. This program combines both lecture, lab, and a practicum to prepare the Sterile Processing Technician student to take the CRCST Exam upon graduation and upon completion of 400 work related hours in a Sterile Processing Department. Hours attained during practicum count as credit toward the 400 work related hours required for CRCST Exam eligibility. Note: For students under age 18 there may be restrictions on participating in certain Health Sciences programs. Any student under age 18 must contact the program director/department chair to discuss whether he or she may enroll.

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Tissue Banking Technology

The Tissue Banking Technology certificate program prepares individuals to attain the skills necessary to become a certified tissue banking technologist. Tissue banking technologists are integral in the recovery, processing, storage and distribution of human tissue.

Students in this program will gain basic knowledge of human anatomy, medical terminology, sterile techniques, surgical recovery and processing techniques, and all ethical and regulatory standards related to the field of Tissue Banking. Note: For students under age 18 there may be restrictions on participating in certain Health Sciences programs. Any student under age 18 must contact the program director/department chair to discuss whether he or she may enroll.

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ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in collaboration with The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), Sinclair’s 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.

CAAHEP: 25400 US Highway 19N, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763

ARC/STSA: 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120-8031

CST Pass Rates

Graduates of our Surgical Technology Program take the CST Exam before graduation each Spring Semester.

The CST statistics for our graduates are as follows:

  Pass Rate Participation Rate
Class of 2018 94% 100%
Class of 2017 79% 100%
Class of 2016 90% 100%


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