Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the surgical team. Their primary role is to work with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical technologists in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during, and after surgery.
Specifically, surgical technologists apply and maintain the principles of sterile technique and safety in the operating room; prepare, handle, sterilize, and care for surgical instruments, supplies, equipment, and medications; set up instrumentation, equipment, and supplies for various surgical cases; apply critical thinking skills to anticipate procedural steps and corresponding instrumentation; and pass surgical instrumentation and supplies to the surgeon.
About the Program
The goal of the Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program is to prepare competent, entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Graduates of the program will be able to apply fundamental theoretical knowledge in the practice of surgical technology; acquire and evaluate emerging surgical knowledge; effectively and safely manipulate surgical equipment, instruments, and supplies; consistently maintain sterile technique; demonstrate the ability to maintain a stable emotional state, even under stressful conditions, which enables the effective use of reason and good judgment in patient care situations; and demonstrate the formation of a strong sterile conscience.
The program has limited enrollment and admits one class each fall. The prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress prior to application for program admission. Prospective students should contact the Surgical Technology Program Director for admission deadlines. Applicants must be in excellent physical health and be able to perform the rigorous physical tasks required of the profession. In addition, candidates must have a stable emotional temperament to be able to function safely and use good judgment under stressful conditions. Drug screening and criminal background checks may be required by clinical affiliates for those persons accepted into the program.
Once the student has been accepted, the intensive 11-month surgery core program combines classroom lectures and discussions, laboratory demonstrations with hands-on practice, and supervised clinical experiences in actual patient care settings to provide students with a variety of learning opportunities. Clinical rotations will include experiences outside of Laramie County, and students must be willing and able to travel to attend scheduled clinical assignments. Due to the distance, overnight stays may be necessary.
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, which allows graduates to take the national certifying examination sponsored by the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).
Drug Screening and Criminal Background Checks
Clinical sites require a drug screening and/or a criminal background check prior to allowing students into the clinical setting. (Any associated fees will be the responsibility of the student.) Clinical sites may also require random drug testing and/or drug testing for reasonable cause. Testing positive on the drug screening or evidence of tampering with a specimen will disqualify a student from participation from clinical assignment.
In addition to drug screening, for the safety of patients and health care workers, child abuse clearance and criminal background checks are required by some agencies prior to a clinical assignment. Certain criminal activity, as evidenced by a criminal background check, may also disqualify a student from clinical participation.
Students are advised that the inability to gain clinical education experiences can result in the inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. These circumstances may prevent acceptance into and/or continuance in the program..
Program Graduation Competencies
Cognitive Learning Domain
- Graduates will apply fundamental theoretical knowledge in the practice of surgical technology.
- Graduates will acquire and evaluate emerging surgical knowledge.
Psychomotor Learning Domain
- Graduates will effectively and safely manipulate surgical equipment, instruments, and supplies.
- Graduates will consistently maintain sterile technique.
Affective Learning Domain
- Graduates will demonstrate the ability to maintain a stable emotional state, even under stressful conditions, which enables the effective use of reason and good judgment in patient care situations.
- Graduates will demonstrate the formation of a strong sterile conscience.
- Graduates will demonstrate professional behaviors expected of surgical technologists.