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Surgical Technology

Degrees

Surgical Technology is an AAS degree that presents the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a surgical environment and function as a vital member of the operating room team. You will typically begin the program each May and August.  The learning environment consists of the campus classroom and laboratory along with local hospitals, day surgery centers and physicians offices. Accreditation is from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

As a graduate, you are eligible to take the Surgical Technologist National Certifying Examination for Surgical Technologists. If you pass this examination, you will be certified and authorized to use the initials CST to designate their status as Certified Surgical Technologist.

Sterile Processing

Sterile Processing Technician certificate provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a hospital's Central Supply or Sterile Processing Department. You will develop skills necessary to properly disinfect, prepare, process, store and issue both sterile and non-sterile supplies and equipment for patient care. Also, you will learn to operate sterilizing units and monitor effectiveness of the sterilization process. The learning environment consists of the campus classroom and laboratory.

As a graduate, you will receive a certificate and may be eligible to apply to take the National Institute for Certification of Healthcare Sterile Processing and Distribution Personnel Examination (CBSPD). Employment opportunities include surgery centers, dialysis facilities, and central processing units in hospitals.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

If you have a valid NBSTSA CST certificate or employer verification, you can receive credit for courses in the Surgical Technology program by filling out the following form: