General Catalog 2013-2014 Updated
General Catalog 2013-2014 Updated > Programs of Study > Surgical Technology > Surgical Technology Diploma
Availability: North Metro Campus
Program Accreditation: The Surgical Technology diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).
Program Purpose: The surgical technology diploma program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in the surgical field. The surgical technology diploma program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and technical knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. In addition, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in surgical technology. Graduates of the program receive a surgical technology diploma and are qualified for employment as surgical technologists as well as eligible to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).
Program Length: A fulltime student who has successfully completed all pre-requisite courses with a C or better and who has been admitted into the Surgical Technology program can complete the Surgical Technology Diploma in three semesters.
Students must meet all admission requirements of the college and have reached the age of 17. Students are required to achieve the appropriate scores on the ASSET/COMPASS placement exams in order to qualify for admission into the required diploma level prerequisite courses. Students who intend to apply for the diploma level Surgical Technology program must enroll in the college’s Health Care Assistant Certificate program level pre-requisite courses. The completion of the pre-requisite courses does not guarantee admission into the Surgical Technology program. Admission into the Surgical Technology program is competitive, and the program does not maintain a waiting list. Please consult the Surgical Technology webpage on the college’s website for specific program admission information.
Total Credit Hours: 63
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