The Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team.
**Attention: Effective Fall 2015, the Diploma in Surgical Technology (D45740) will no longer be offered. The college will continue to offer the Associate in Applied Science in Surgical Technology (A45740) and the Accelerated Alternate Delivery (AAD) Program D45740B).
Surgical Technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners who provide surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. The Surgical Technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate safe and effective surgical procedures by ensuring that the operating room or environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. A Surgical Technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique. He / she combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and instrumentation, tools, and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
What do graduates of the program do?
They become members of operating room teams that typically include surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses. They prepare surgical instruments and equipment, prep patients, monitor vital signs, keep track of materials used during surgery, transport specimens to the lab and other support duties.
Surgical Technologists Job Related Requirements (Opens in a new window)
What kind of salary can graduates expect?
Median Average Salary
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012 edition), the median average
salary was $41,790.
Employment of Surgical Technologists is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
ACADEMIC PROGRAM SEQUENCING AND FACT SHEET -Associate Degree Program (Opens in a new window)
INDIVIDUAL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (Opens in a new window)
COMPETITIVE POINTS FOR APPLICANTS TO SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Program (Opens in a new window)
ESTIMATED PROGRAM COSTS (Opens in a new window)
GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT (Opens in a new window)
Graduates of this program are required to apply to take the NBSTSA (National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting) Certification examination for Surgical Technologists. FTCC offers a 2 year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree program. The AAS Degree prepares the graduate for advanced placement in the Surgical Environment.
**For the Diploma Option we also offer an Accelerated Alternate Deliver (AAD) BRIDGE Program for currently practicing, non-certified, Surgical Technologists.
BRIDGE Diploma Program Sequencing and Fact Sheet (Opens in a new window)
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