The Surgical Technology Program at Gateway Community College has a site visit scheduled for pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org). This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that acceditation will be granted. (Statement added 11/26/19). (Update: 11/3/20 - The Surgical Technology program at Gateway Community College has undergone and successfully completed Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Eucation Programs).
(Crossed out text below done on 11/26/19)
Surgical Technologists are integral members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, registered nurses, and anesthesia personnel. Surgical Technologists are also responsible for assembling and organizing all the specialized instruments, equipment and tools needed for a wide variety of surgical procedures. They are experts in sterile technique and are responsible for maintaining the sterile field during surgery. Once students successfully complete the requirements of the two-year Associate of Science Degree Program, they wIll be eligible to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) examination. A passing score on this exam will grant the student status as a Certified Surgical Technologist, employable in all 50 states.
Program Goal Statement
The Surgical Technology Program prepares students to be competent, entry-level Surgical Technologists in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains. Graduates will qualify to become certified through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) examination.
Program Total - $10,413* (tuition and clinical program fee)
* Cost does not include student activity fees, textbooks, uniforms or other materials. Financial Aid may be available to those who qualify. Cost is subject to change.
Surgical Technology Program Goals
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:
- Apply principles of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology to perioperative patient care.
- Distinguish the elements, action, and use of medications and anesthetic agents used during the perioperative experience.
- Demonstrate safe practice in the role of Surgical Technologist.
- Display competence in technical skills and aseptic technique in the perioperative environment.
- Practice responsible and accountable behavior within the role and competencies of the Surgical Technologist.
- Organize the intraoperative environment efficiently as a member of the surgical team.
- Apply learned knowledge and skills in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains to become nationally certified as a Surgical Technologist.