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Is there a waiting list to get into the Surgical Technology Program?

Students are considered based upon the following:  Completion of all pre-requisites, a GPA of 2.5 or above, and a TEAS score of at least 50.  Our procedure is an open admission process, and not a competitive one.

 

The department tries to accommodate and accept students into the next cohort, but this can be dependent on when a student starts their prerequisites and finishes them. 
The course pre-requisites are:  ALH 1101, BIO 1121, ENG 1101, HIM 1101, AND MAT 1130.

 

A student is actively considered as soon as they get 'linked' to the SUT major.

 
    Below is a summary of the department's procedure:
       
    • At the end of every Spring semester, the SUT office runs a database queue of all students who are 'linked' to SUT. 
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    • The list is sorted by those who have all of the pre-requisites completed.  Then the list is sorted by ‘linked’ date (earliest to latest).
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    • Those who have all of the pre-requisites completed are considered based on their 'link' date. Class size is restricted by a limited number of ‘seats’.  
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    • Remember, in addition to the pre-requisite courses, you must also have at least a 2.5 GPA and have taken the TEAS Exam with a score of at least 50.
    • The SUT office will notify those  students who meet all of the above requirements, by mail, shortly after the end of Spring semester.  
What do I do to get started in the Surgical Technology Program?

Start by completing your application for Sinclair Community College. It is VERY important to sit down with an Academic Advisor to choose your program of study and to ensure your record is correct and on track with your academic goals. The date you choose your major is very important as this will allow our department to track your application and interest in our program. If you do not choose Surgical Technology as your major, we have no way of tracking you. The Academic Advisors are located in Building 10 on the 3rd floor. The phone number is 512-3700. After you speak to the Academic Advising Advisors, you may contact the department at 512-3560.

When does the Surgical Technology Program actually start?

Your first Surgical Technology course will actually begin in Spring Semester. It is set up this way to avoid an overlap of 1st year and 2nd year students in the clinical area. It also gives you time to complete the Fall Semester courses before you begin the Surgical Technology Program in Spring.

What are the job opportunities and how much does a Surgical Technologist make?

There are many job opportunities for Surgical Technologists. These include positions in hospital Operating Rooms, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Sterile Processing Departments, Tissue Banks, and private work with physician groups. A Surgical Technologist can also pursue training to become a First Assistant. The First Assistant role actually moves the Surgical Technologists from a position of passing the instruments into a position of using the instruments and assisting in the surgical procedure. First Assistants can cut tissue, manipulate tissue, place retractors, provide hemostasis and close wounds. In our area, most Surgical Technologists can expect to have a starting pay of $20.00 per hour.

What does a Surgical Technologist do?

Before a surgical procedure, the surgical technologist is responsible for ensuring all needed equipment and supplies for the specific procedure are available and ready for use by the surgeon. This includes testing and preparing equipment for use, ensuring the availability of all sterile supplies, and preparing the sterile environment so a surgical procedure can take place.

During a surgical procedure, and as a sterile surgical team member, one of the surgical technologist’s main responsibilities is to pass sterile instruments and supplies to the surgeon. This requires complete knowledge of the surgical procedure being performed and anticipation of the needs of the surgical team. The surgical technologist also assumes accountability, along with the registered nurse, for all sponges, needles, and instruments used before, during, and after the procedure.

In addition, the surgical technologist may hold retractors, cut sutures, care for specimens, and assist in applying the sterile dressing. Surgical technologists must have good manual dexterity, be conscientious in a sterile environment, be emotionally stable, and have the ability to communicate effectively on many levels, including one-on-one and team interactions.

What if I've never taken a course in Anatomy or cannot decide between a major in Surgical Technology or Nursing?

If you are new to anatomy, a good course to take as an introduction to human anatomy is BIO 1107. This course will provide a good foundation for success in either BIO 1121 or BIO 1141. However, taking BIO 1107 is not necessary. If you are also considering a major in Nursing, it is suggested you take that program's anatomy BIO series, which is BIO 1141 and 1242 instead of our anatomy BIO series, which is BIO 1121 and  BIO 1222. The Surgical Technology Department accepts the Nursing BIO series for credit, and this will save you time and money if you change your major to Nursing.


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