Careers in Surgical Technology
Surgical technologists perform many different responsibilities in the operating room. They act as the scrub person, as the circulator, and as the first assistant on the surgical team. Surgical technologists’ responsibilities involve preparing the operating room and instruments, equipment, and supplies that will be needed; positioning and preparing the patient for surgery; and passing instruments, sponges, and sutures to the surgeon. Surgical technologists are the surgical team’s experts in aseptic technique, being constantly vigilant for any break in the technique that could endanger the sterile field. Surgical technologists belong to a separate non-nursing profession and are highly skilled, having completed the necessary specialized education and training focused on working in the operating room. The preferred entry-level education for the surgical technologist is the associate degree.
Additional Program Requirements
As defined by Illinois State Law (225ILCS46/25):
All health care workers and student health care workers are required to undergo a criminal background check in order to work in a clinical setting. A student with a positive background check containing disqualifying conditions will not be allowed to enter the clinical portion of this program, thus preventing the student from obtaining mandated certification and/or licensure in Surgical Technology. Please contact the Program Director to discuss disqualifiers.
Health Career students with direct patient contact must be drug-tested prior to clinical site assignment.
Clinical locations are assigned based on student performance and can be a distance of up 50 miles from the college.
Clinical Hours are
Monday through Friday and can include any of three shifts at a designated
clinical site. The student must be willing to take any location and any shift
the program faculty deem appropriate for their success. The student cannot be
substituted for a paid employee once at a clinical site and will not be
compensated for their duties performed there.
The Surgical Technology Program prepares students to become certified surgical technologists. Certification is granted by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) upon successful completion of the national board examination.
The Malcolm X College Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA).
The program was placed on probationary accreditation, with one or more Standards requiring critical attention and timely resolution to bring the program into compliance with the Standards and Guidelines. The program will remain accredited during a review period lasting until reporting year 2018, at which time the accreditation status will be reviewed
Program admission requirements and program curriculum are currently under review.
Clinical Hours are Monday through Friday and can include any of three shifts at a designated clinical site. The student must be willing to take any location and any shift the program faculty deem appropriate for their success. The student cannot be substituted for a paid employee once at a clinical site and will not be compensated for their duties performed there.