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Surgical Technology Diploma


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Program Start Date: Fall term
Minimum Program Length: 58 academic weeks; 4 consecutive terms day; 50 credits
Curriculum Code: 15211

Program Description

Surgical technology students learn to facilitate the surgical process by selecting sterile supplies, anticipating the needs of the surgeon, and assisting with the operation as directed by the surgeon. They also maintain aseptic technique and sterile conditions prior to and during surgery to minimize the risk of infection to the patient.

Practical Experience

Students work in lab simulations during the first and second terms and gain clinical experience in affiliated hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, and physicians’ offices during the second and third terms.

Professional Opportunities

Certified surgical technologist in operating rooms, labor and delivery suites, sterile processing departments, physicians’ offices, veterinary hospitals, medical sales, organ, and tissue procurement teams.

Unique Aspects

A criminal background investigation (CBI) and drug testing are required at student expense for each Health and Human Services student who has been accepted into a Spartanburg Community College curriculum program of study. For more information, please visit the Criminal Background Investigations and Drug Testing Policy section of the SCC webpage.

Graduates will fulfill the eligibility requirement to take the National Surgical Technology Certifying Exam through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting to become a certified surgical technologist. Students must be a graduate of a CAAHEP accredited program to take the exam.

EEDA Career Cluster

Health Sciences

Prerequisites

  • One unit high school biology or chemistry or equivalent

Total Credits: 50


Semester Display


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First Semester


Total Credits: 50


Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Medical Terminology within the surgical environment.
  2. Facilitate the surgical process by selecting sterile supplies, anticipating the needs of the surgeon, and assisting with the operation as directed by the surgeon.
  3. Demonstrate professional responsibility in performance, attitude, and personal conduct.
  4. Find errors in aseptic technique and unsafe sterile conditions in an effort to minimize the risk of infection to the surgical patient.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in the skills and procedures required of a surgical technologist in a professional/clinical setting.
  6. Demonstrate their ability to speak publicly, listen attentively, and respond effectively.

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