Program Details

Accreditation

Presentation College’s Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.  Information about accreditation of surgical technology programs can be found at www.caahep.org or write to:

CAAHEP
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL  33756
(727) 210-2350

Mission Statement

The mission of this Surgical Technology Program is to develop surgical technologists into responsible operating room team members.  Program graduates will work to promote and maintain healthy patient outcomes in the surgical environment.  Each graduate will be a skilled and experienced asset to any surgical community.

Certification

Upon graduation from Presentation College’s Surgical Technology Certificate Program, students will be eligible to take the professional certification examination given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Successful completion of this exam provides students with a nationally recognized credential to practice surgical technology. It also allows them to continue in Presentation College’s Associate of Science Surgical Technology Completion program.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate

Credentialing examination pass rate is defined as the number of graduates who pass the Surgical Technology Certification Exam (CST) credentialing examination compared to the number of graduates who take the examination. Consistent with CAAHEP STANDARDS, programs must document a five-year credentialing examination pass rate average of not less than 70% at first attempt, within six months of graduation. The program’s credentialing examination pass rate stated as an average for the reporting period of August 1, 2011 to July 31, 2015 was 51%. Eighteen of the thirty-five graduates of this program taking the CST certification examination within six months of graduation passed on first attempt.

Program Requirements

All surgical technology students must adhere to program, hospital, and professional policies and standards.  Supportive behavioral attributes include an ability to follow directions, rigorous self-accountability based on conscientiousness and trustworthiness, and strict maintenance of a positive and professional attitude.

Requirements include:

      •Minimum ACT composite of 18 and GPA of 2.2 

      •Background checks 

      •Students must provide proof of current and required immunizations.

      •A physical health assessment 

      •Students must present a current CPR certificate “healthcare provider level.”

      •Other required paperwork must be completed.

      •A “C” or above in all required courses is needed to progress.

      •Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA to proceed in courses.

      •Each student must demonstrate technical standards of the Surgical Technology Program.

Technical Standards
  1. Maintain vision, hearing, and the appropriate ability to articulate the words necessary to observe and communicate effectively in surgery.
  2. Maintain the physical functions needed to respond appropriately to a patient’s needs including: standing for long periods of time, holding retractors for long periods of time, twisting and bending at the waist, carrying and lifting heavy trays of instruments, pushing surgical carts and equipment, lifting heavy items, transferring patients to and from surgery, using fine motor skills and manual dexterity needed to operate surgical supplies, instruments, and equipment.
  3. Exhibit meticulous attention to aseptic and sterile technique.
  4. Demonstrate a technological intelligence to prepare surgical instruments, equipment, and supplies.
  5. Present the anticipatory ability necessary to understand the surgeon’s timely needs.
  6. Demonstrate and apply the intellectual and emotional functions needed to exercise independent judgment and discretion in the performance of assigned responsibilities.
Course Descriptions

 

ST111 Professional Communication/Ethics

1 credit

This course prepares the health care professional to participate in modern medical communications. Professional ethics includes an introspective look at decision making related to patient care values.

 

ST122 Microbiology for the Surgical Technologist

2 credits

This medical microbiology course is a study of the basic concepts of microbiology which are directly related to proper aseptic and sterile applications in the operating room. These applications affect outcomes of surgical procedures and overall patient safety.

 

ST134 Introduction to Surgical Technology

4 credits

The goal of this course is to prepare the student for safe entry-level practice. This course includes an introduction to surgical technology and related surgical technology principles and practice.

 

ST136 Clinical Practicum I

6 credits

This clinical course will allow students to practice the skills, critical thinking, and professional behavior that demonstrate competent entry-level surgical technology practice. This experience will take place in a designated hospital operating room under the supervision of experienced preceptors. The student will be assigned up to 24 hours per week to include scheduled emergency on-call. Prerequisite: BI115/BL115, BI162, ST111, ST122, ST134 and ST143; Co-requisite: ST212, ST224 and ST242.

 

ST143 Clinical Lab

3 credits

This course will provide the student with an opportunity to learn, practice and master the critical entry-level skills necessary for safe patient care in the operating room. Students must demonstrate technical competence in a lab setting, which includes a series of required skill assessments relevant to entry into the actual clinical environment. The lab may only be taken if previously or concurrently enrolled in ST134.

 

ST200 Variable Topics in Surgical Technology

1-3 credits

In this course, students will have the opportunity to study specific topics in surgical technology not usually covered in the present course offerings. Prerequisite: “C” or above in ST112 and ST114, or comparable introduction to surgical techniques lecture and laboratory courses.

 

ST211 Surgical Pathophysiology

1 credit

This course describes the most common diseases indicated as pre-operative or post-operative surgical diagnoses. Prerequisite: BI115/BL115, BI162, ST111, ST122, ST134 and ST143; Co-requisite: ST136, ST212, ST224 and ST242.

 

ST212 Biomedical Science for the Surgical Technologist

2 credits

This course provides an introduction to basic technological sciences related to current and future surgical practice.

 

ST222 Professional Development

2 credits

This course will prepare the student for the certification exam and employment in surgical technology. A series of pre-tests will be used to further examine areas of weakness. Each student will complete the certification exam prior to graduation from the program.

 

ST224 Surgical Procedures I

4 credits

A comprehensive study of basic, intermediate, and advanced surgical procedures, this course includes an introduction to surgical diagnostics, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecological surgery, otorhinolaryngologic surgery, ophthalmic surgery, and orthopedic surgery. Prerequisite: BI115/BL115, BI162, ST111, ST122, ST134 and ST143; Co-requisite: ST136, ST211, ST212 and ST242.

 

ST234 Surgical Procedures II

4 credits

This course is a comprehensive study of basic, intermediate, and advanced surgical procedures. It includes oral and maxillofacial surgery, peripheral and cardiovascular surgery, thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, and plastic and reconstructive surgery. Prerequisite: ST136, ST211, ST212, ST224 and ST242; Co-requisite: ST222 and ST236.

 

ST236 Clinical Practicum II

6 credits

This clinical will allow students to advance their surgical skills, critical thinking, and professional behavior in preparation for sustained surgical technology competence. This experience will take place in a designated hospital operating room under the supervision of experienced preceptors. Students will be assigned up to 30 hours per week to include scheduled emergency on-call. Prerequisite: ST136, ST211, ST212, ST224 and ST242; Co-requisite: ST222 and ST234.

 

ST242 Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist

2 credits

The goal of this course is to introduce the student to pharmacology as it relates to the operating room. This includes weight and measures, common pharmacologic agents, and anesthesia. Prerequisite: BI115/BL115, BI162, ST111, ST122, ST134 and ST143; Co-requisite: ST136, ST211, ST212 and ST224.