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Standards & Requirements

The following is used as a guideline for the prospective student so that he/she may understand the requirements and essential job functions necessary for successful completion of the Surgical Technology Program. This list is not intended to be all-inclusive, but rather a detail of the basic physical demands of the profession of surgical technology.

Surgical technologists must be able to:
  • Stand, bend, stoop, and/or sit for long periods of time in one location with minimal or no breaks.
  • Bend, twist, and lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Function without nourishment or rest room breaks for up to 6 – 8 hours.
  • Demonstrate sufficient visual ability to load a fine suture onto needles with or without corrective lenses and while wearing protective eyewear.
  • Demonstrate sufficient peripheral vision to anticipate and function while in the sterile surgical environment.
  • Hear and understand muffled communication without visualization of the communicator’s mouth/lips and within 20 feet with significant background noise.
  • Hear activation/warning signals on equipment.
  • Detect odors sufficient to maintain environmental safety and patient needs.
  • Manipulate instruments, supplies, and equipment with speed, dexterity, and exceptional eye-hand coordination.
  • Ambulate/move around without assistive devices.
  • Assist with, and/or lift, move, position, and manipulate, with or without assistive devices, the patient who is unconscious.
  • Communicate and understand fluent English both verbally and in writing.
  • Be free of reportable communicable diseases and chemical abuse.
  • Function without allergic reaction in an environment with substantial latex exposure.
  • Demonstrate immunity to rubella, rubeola, tuberculosis, and hepatitis B, varicella or be vaccinated against these diseases.
  • Possess short- and long-term memory sufficient to perform tasks such as, but not limited to, mentally tracking surgical supplies and performing anticipation skills intraoperatively.
  • Demonstrate the use of positive coping skills under stress.
  • Demonstrate calm and effective responses, especially in emergency situations.
  • Exhibit positive interpersonal skills in patient, staff, and faculty interactions.
  • Make appropriate judgment decisions.
If the applicant is unable to perform any of the designated tasks, upon request LCCC will make reasonable accommodations if these accommodations do not constitute an undue hardship on LCCC and if those accommodations do not interfere with the performance of any essential functions of a surgical technologist’s duties.

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