Proposed Academic Program Inventory Title including concentrations: (No concentrations are provided.)
A.A.S. in Surgical Technology, Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Allied Health with concentrations in Surgical Technology
COMMON COURSE LIBRARY FRAMEWORK FOR SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY
CIP Code: 51.0909 Surgical Technology
SOC 1: 29-2055.00
Program Description: The Surgical Technology program is designed to prepare students for careers as members of a surgical team in the operating room under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions appropriately, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Instruction includes a combination of classroom work and clinical experience in the operating room/delivery room which enables the technologist to assist surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses with client care and related services. Special emphasis is placed upon the skills involved in scrubbing and circulating duties during surgical procedures and in the preparation and maintenance of sterile and non-sterile supplies. This program is comprised of theory and clinical experience. The theory includes courses in the basic sciences and related subjects. The correlated clinical instruction stresses manual dexterity in using surgical instruments, the application of aseptic technique, and safe patient care. Emphasis is also placed on medical ethics and legal considerations. Following successful completion of the program, students are qualified to sit for the National Certifying Examination.
Program Outcomes: Following successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Certification. The program will prepare the student for the Certified Surgical Technologist Examination. Students who complete the examination gain the credential of Certified Surgical Technologist.
Professional Accrediting Body: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 727-210-2350) in collaboration with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110, Littleton, CO 80120, Phone: 303-694-9262)
State Agency/Entity Oversight: If applicable
Applicable Certification/License or Industry-recognized Certificates to Be Awarded: If applicable
(At NaSCC testing is a requirement for program completion).
Articulation with Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT):
TCAT transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis until a system-wide articulation is established.