This course prepares students to be a scrubbed, gowned, and gloved participant in surgery. He or she acts as primary scrub person who handles sterile instruments, supplies and equipment needed during actual surgeries. The technician is part of the sterile team, along with surgeons, doctors, assistants and nurses in the Operating Room (OR).
Upon successful completion of the course, students shall be eligible to take the certification exams for surgical technologists through National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), which is an independent credentialing organization that is accredited by the Natioanl Commission for Certifying Agencies or NCCA.
Students will be able to demonstrate use of their knowledge in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and medical terminology to assist in surgical procedures and patient preparation, maintain a sterile field, thoroughly understand and demonstrate the aseptic surgical technique, set up surgical instruments and drapes, and pass surgical instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and assistants during surgery, and lastly, have a working knowledge regarding various energy sources in the perioperative area, such as electricity used for surgery.
The course has a total training time of 800 hours, consisting of 500 classroom hours of both lectures and laboratory work and 300 externship hours.