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Surgical - Sterile Processing Technologist



​Surgical Technologists Profession

Surgical technologists, formerly called operating room technicians, perform many different responsibilities in the operating room. They act as the scrub person, the circulator, and as the first assistant on the surgical team. Their responsibilities include preparing the operating room and instruments, equipment and supplies that will be needed for the procedure. The technologist helps prepare the patient for surgery and passing instruments, sponges, and sutures to the surgeon.         
Surgical technologists are the surgical team's expert in aseptic technique, being constantly vigilant for any break in the technique that could endanger the sterile field necessary for a successful outcome of the operation. Surgical technologists belong to a separate non-nursing profession of highly skilled, credentialed allied health professionals that possess specialized education and training to work specifically in the operating room. The preferred entry level education for the surgical technologist is the Associate Degree.          

Sterile Processing Profession

This course is designed to present the basic concepts and principles for developing skills and competencies required for infection prevention and control in the sterile processing department in a health care facility.  This course will offer knowledge in cleaning, disinfecting, decontamination, sterilization, Standard precautions, and Universal precautions.         


Please see the college catalogue for the program curriculum.  

  • English Composition 101
  • Please attach a copy of your Academic History with the application
  • This is a two semester program

Four Courses with Co-enrollment of 216, 217 and 218, 219
Prerequisite for 217 is a C or better in 216

Application Deadlines Surgical Technology Spring 2015 Term:  

  • Application Deadline (includes steps 1,2,4,6,7,& 9): 4/17/15
  • Interviews: May 4 – May 29, 2015
  • Acceptance Letters: June 8 – 19, 2015
  • All  requirements outlined in application package must be met by July 24, 2015
  • Orientation: Thursday, August 13, 2015
  • Class Starts: Monday, August 24, 2015 

    All applicants receiving acceptance letters, enrollment is contingent on completion of all requirements submitted to the Program Director’s office on or before deadline date indicated. All pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to acceptance into the Surgical Technology program. (No Exceptions)
1st Semester      ​ 2nd Semester
Course ST 216 Theory/ lab Course ST 218 Clinical
Course ST 217 Clinical Course ST 219 Capstone
8 Credit hours 5 Credit hours


Total 2 Semester 13 Credit hours. ​​​​​​​​​



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