Get acquainted with all areas of surgical technology while earning a diploma or Associate in Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology. Surgical technologists work with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical personnel in a range of ways. As an integral part of the surgical team, surgical technologists need in-depth training and practical experience to best deliver patient care for and assume appropriate responsibilities before, during and after surgery.
Because surgical technology practitioners fill various roles, our dual-track program ensures you're prepared for all possible responsibilities. Here are the roles you'll train in:
- Scrub surgical technologist: handles the instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure; anticipates the needs of the surgeon; ensures quality patient care during the operative procedure and is constantly on vigil for maintenance of the sterile field.
- Circulating surgical technologist: obtains additional instruments, supplies and equipment necessary while the surgical procedure is in progress; monitors conditions in the operating room and constantly assesses the needs of the patient and surgical team.
- Second assisting surgical technologist: assists the surgeon and/or first assistant during the operative procedure by carrying out technical tasks other than cutting, clamping and suturing of tissue. This role is distinct from that of the first assistant and may, in some circumstances, be performed at the same time as the scrub role.
Surgical Technology A.A.S. Program Outcomes
- Correlate the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology to their role as a Surgical Technologist.
- Demonstrate a safe and professional level of practice and knowledge in their role as a Surgical Technologist.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical, legal, moral, and medical values related to the patient and the surgical team during the perioperative experience.
- Correlate the elements, action, and use of medications and anesthetic agents used during the perioperative experience.
- Implement safe practice techniques in regards to perioperative routines, patients transportation, positioning, and emergency procedures.
- Integrate principles of surgical asepsis as part of the perioperative experience.
- Accurately apply the knowledge and skills of a professional Surgical Technologist to meet the biopsychosocial needs of the surgical patient.
- Perform proficiently and competently as an entry-level surgical technologist in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.
- Exhibit professional attributes of the Surgical Technologist.
- Practice within the recognized scope of practice within the healthcare setting to provide optimal patient care.
The Surgical Technology Program at Iowa Lakes Community College is a CAAHEP-Accredited Program. Graduates of our program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam offered by the National Board of Surgical Technologist and Surgical Assistants (NBSTSA) and upon passing the exam, are able to use the credential Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).
Last year (2019), 100% of our graduates took the exam offered by the NBSTSA, and 100% of our students passed the exam. Also in 2019, 100% of our students were placed in surgical technology related jobs following graduation.
The Surgical Technology Diploma and AAS Degree Programs, Spencer Campus, are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. (ARCSTSA)
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Littleton, CO 80120
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