Surgical Technician: CC
The Surgical Technician Program is a certificate program that can be completed in one year in addition to one semester of prerequisites and an externship of a minimum of 120 surgical cases following didactic training. The program prepares and trains individuals for a career in surgical technology. Surgical Technicians assist in operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses and other surgical personnel. Upon the successful completion of coursework, students receive a certificate of completion from Utah State University. At that time students are eligible to submit an application and if accepted, sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) certification examination. Graduates of accredited surgical technician programs are eligible to sit for the NBSTSA certification exam to become certified surgical technologist (CST).
The following courses are required prior to admission to the Surgical Technician (ST) Program:
ENGL 1010 - Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose 3 cr.
STAT 1045 - Intro to Stats with Elements of Algebra 5 cr.
-or- MATH 1050 - College Algebra 4 cr.
NURS 1000 - Nursing Assistant 5 cr.
NURS 1008 - Medical Terminology 2 cr.
HEAL 1500 - Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professions 3 cr.
(Students may take available courses during high school by following the Concurrent Enrollment Pathway if concurrent enrollment procedures are followed.)
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Meet placement requirements for Math and English.
Immunizations and Background Checks
Required Immunizations: All immunizations below are required. Administrative and Clinical Experience will not accept students that have not met immunization requirements.
- Twinrix (Hepatitis A and B series): The first injection of this series needs to be completed prior to semester one or in the initial weeks of the semester. The second injection is given one month after the first injection. The third injection is completed six months after the first injection of the series.
- MMR: Documentation of two MMR immunizations or a titer indicating immunity must be completed prior to the end of the first semester. If a student does not have childhood immunization records it is recommended that he or she begin these immunizations or obtain a titer before beginning the program. All students born after 1964 who have received their MMR immunization will require a booster.
- TB: Documentation of a recent two-step TB test is required during the initial weeks of semester one. Students can have this test up to 3 months before starting the program. TB tests are good for one year. If a student's test expires prior to completion of the program, he or she will need to repeat it.
- Varicella: Students must have two chicken pox vaccinations or a titer indicating immunity.
- Tdap: Students must have at least one pertussis immunization as an adult, within the past two years.
- Meningococcal: Students must have one dose.
- Influenza: Students may be required to have this immunization seasonally as required by the facility.
Background Check/Drug Screen: Students are required to order and pay for a background check and drug screen through CastleBranch prior to being accepted into the Surgical Technician program. Blanding students will complete background check through CastleBranch and the drug screen will be completed on campus with instructor coordination.
CPR Requirement: Students must take a Healthcare Provider CPR course and receive CPR and first aid cards to meet the CPR requirement. Periodically, CPR courses are offered on campus. Please make arrangements to attend (including notifying other instructors). This must be completed by the middle of the first semester. CPR certification is usually valid for 2 years.
CNA Certificate of Completion: Students must provide proof of a CNA course completion certificate to be included in the application packet.
A GPA of 3.0 is required for admission into the Surgical Technician (ST) Program.
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The program prepares and trains individuals for a career in surgical technology. Surgical Technicians assist in operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses and other surgical personnel.
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