Surgical Technology (Associate of Applied Science)

Surgical Technology

At the clinical site, the curriculum prepares students to function in the operating room by combining classroom and campus laboratory instruction with actual surgical suite experience. Successful completion of the program prepares the graduate to write the National Certification Examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). This program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) - a CAAHEP Recognized Committee on Accreditation, and sponsored by the American College of Surgeons. The national accrediting body recommends the AAS as the entry degree.
 

CAAHEP
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763

Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354
www.caahep.org/

 

ARC/STSA
6 West Dry Creek Circle
Suite 110
Littleton, CO 80120
www.arcstsa.org

 

Admission to the program is highly competitive. Students should consult Advising and Career Services concerning admission, progression, and graduation requirements. A grade of "C" or above is required in all courses applicable to the program. Any changes from the curriculum must be approved by the Dean of the College of Health Sciences. Enrollment in courses beginning with a SUR prefix requires admission to the Surgical Technology Program.

 

REQUIREMENTS

EXPENSES

APPLICATION

MISSION STATEMENT

The UAFS Surgical Technology Program was accredited in 1980 to serve the needs of the community and surrounding area. The Surgical Technology Program and UAFS are committed to providing high quality education in the field of surgical technology; to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains; and to provide the health care consumer with highly competent and motivated practitioners.

Program Goal 

  • To prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavioral) learning domains.

Program Learning Outcomes

 Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

   1.   Apply learned knowledge of human physiology and surgical anatomy in the perioperative setting.

   2.   Demonstrate knowledge of instrumentation and appropriate use in surgical procedures.

   3.   Apply knowledge of physiological, spiritual, and cultural diversity in the care of the perioperative patient. 

   4.   Work cooperatively and become an integral member of the healthcare team.

   5.   Function in a professional, caring, and ethical manner when providing patient care.

Career Opportunities

  • Private technologists for surgeons
  • Main operating rooms in acute care hospitals
  • Physician offices
  • Ambulatory surgery suites
  • Traveling surgical technologists
  • Medical sales representative
  • Materials/Equipment manager
  • Organ and tissue procurement technician
  • Central service manager
  • Veterinarian surgical sssistant

Outcomes Assessment for the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Surgical Technology Program

 

     Date     

  Number of First –time Candidates Testing     Number of Candidates Passing on First Attempt     % Pass Rate 
2013 13 12 92.4%
2014 14 13 92.8%
2015 15 12 80%
2016 14 12 85.7%
2017 15 11 73.3%

The UAFS Surgical Technology Program has s pass rate that is consistently above the national average.

 

 

Graduate Survey

The Surgical Technology Program has an excellent reputation for exceptional graduates. The data and information gathered from our graduates is needed to continue the success of our program as well as provide information for ARC/STSA. If you have graduated from the UAFS Surgical Technology program in the last 6 months to 1 year, please complete the satisfaction survey

Employment Characteristics

It is important to consider potential job opportunities when planning a career. According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, the demand for surgical technologists is expected to increase as the number of surgical procedures grows. In 2008, there were approximately 91,500 surgical technologists. The employment rate of surgical technologists is expected to grow faster than average (an increase of 25%) through the year 2018. The volume of surgical procedures is expected to increase, as the population grows and ages. The over-50 population, entering retirement age (baby-boom generation) will account for a large portion of the general population. Older people require more surgical procedures. Technological advances, such as fiber optics and laser technology, will also permit new surgical procedures to be performed.

Hospitals are the primary employers of surgical technologists. However, fast employment growth is expected in ambulatory surgical centers, outpatient care centers and physician's offices.

Rapid advances in medical technology will bring dramatic changes to the field of surgical technology. Operating rooms incorporate computers, lasers, fiber optics, electronics and robotics to carry out routine patient care. The surgical technologist must be prepared to meet these advanced challenges.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for surgical technologists was $45,160 in May 2016.

 

Profession

The curriculum of the UAFS Surgical Technology program was developed to ensure students are well trained and workplace ready for their chosen career. The program meets or exceeds all accreditation standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

A surgical technologist is an allied health professional who works as part of the surgical team to ensure that the operative procedure is conducted under optimal conditions. Surgical team members function in two capacities-nonsterile and sterile. The nonsterile team members are the circulator and the anesthesia provider. In certain situations, other personnel, such as the radiology technologist or pathologist, may also be present. The sterile team members are the surgeon, the surgical assistant, and the surgical technologist in the scrub role (STSR). Role descriptions for the surgical team members are available in the brochure published by the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) entitled, "Certified Surgical Technologists are vital members of the operating room team."

Professional competence requires that surgical technologists apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning, aseptic technique, organization, scope of practice, and patient care in the performance of their duties. They must also be able to communicate effectively with patients and other health professionals. Duties may include but are not limited to:

Certified Surgical Technologist in the scrub role:

  • Helps prepare the room and arrange supplies and instruments
  • Opens packs and instruments sets
  • Performs a surgical scrub
  • Dons gown and gloves and works within the sterile field
  • Prepares instruments and passes them during the procedure
  • Maintains the sterile field
  • Assists with other intraoperative tasks

Certified Surgical Technologist in the circulator role:

  • Helps position the patient
  • Performs preoperative skin preparation
  • Communicates between sterile and nonsterile areas
  • Opens sterile supplies onto the sterile field during the procedure
  • Assists with other tasks not requiring action within the sterile field

Important Qualities

  • Detail Oriented.  Surgical technologists must pay close attention to their work at all times.  For example, they need to provide the correct sterile equipment for surgeons and nurses during an operation.
  • Dexterity.  Surgical technologists should be comfortable working with their hands.  They must be able to provide the needed equipment quickly.
  • Stamina.  Surgical technologists should be comfortable standing for an extended period.
  • Stress-management skills.  Working in an operating room can be stressful. Surgical technologists should be able to work well under pressures while providing a high level of care. 

 

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