Surgical Technology

Become part of the operating room team, working with surgeons, circulating nurses and anesthesiologists as a surgical technologist.

Surgical Technologists prepare the operating room sterile field, assist with patient positioning, and prepare and drape the operative site. They pass instruments, drains, sponges and dressings to surgeons. They know the name and function of each instrument, anticipate its use and pass the instrument without being asked. They play a critical role in maintaining the integrity of the sterile field.

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Surgical Technology student

Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology at MCC

The program, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology, provides the knowledge necessary to take the national certification examination for surgical technology.

Surgical Technology applications are due by August 1st  for admission to the following Fall class. Early submission is recommended. 

All students applying for the program will have a one-on-one conference with the Program Director at the time the application is submitted. This conference will allow the student to receive more information about Surgical Technology, hear more details about the program, receive a transcript review, as well as have an opportunity to resolve questions.

Please contact  Michelle Diaz to submit an application and make an appointment.

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Fall 2021 Update: Surgical Technology Program Requirements

Prerequisite Requirements: 19

  • BIO 181—General Biology I (4)
  • BIO 201—Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • BIO 202—Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • BIO 205—Microbiology (4)
  • HES 113—Medical Terminology (3)

General Education Requirements: 12

  • ENG 101—English Composition I (3)
  • CIS 110—Intro to Computer Info Systems (3) or higher
  • PSY 101—Introductory Psychology ( 3)
  • COM 121 – Interpersonal Communications (3)

Program Requirements: 38

  • SGT 121—Orientation and Introduction to Surgery (2)
  • SGT 122—Surgical Techniques (4)
  • SGT 123—Pharmacology for Surgical Technology (3)
  • SGT 221—Surgical Concepts (2)
  • SGT 222—Surgical Procedures (6)
  • SGT 231—Surgical Technology Externship I (12)
  • SGT 232—Surgical Technology Externship II (9)

Total Degree Credits: 69

Options:

Students will receive credit for COM 121 if they took COM 100 or COM 151

Questions or Concerns contact Taylor Shipman 928-505-3307 tshipman@mohave.edu

Surgical Technology Student

CST to AAS Bridge Program Fall 2021 Updates:

Prerequisites: 31

  • Current CST Certification from NBSTSA – Credits: 31

General Education Requirements: 31

  • BIO 181—General Biology I (4)
  • BIO 201—Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • BIO 202—Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • BIO 205—Microbiology (4)
  • ENG 101-English Composition I (3)
  • HES 113—Medical Terminology (3)
  • CIS 110—Intro to Computer Info Systems (3) or higher
  • PSY 101—Introductory Psychology ( 3)
  • COM 121 – Interpersonal Communications (3)

Total Degree Credits: 62

Options:

Students will receive credit for COM 121 if they took COM 100 or COM 151

Questions or Concerns contact Taylor Shipman 928-505-3307 tshipman@mohave.edu

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Here is what you need to know:

(all subject to change with notice):

For the Fall Semester Program Start, all applicants MUST . . .

  • Complete BIO 181, BIO 201, BIO 202, BIO 205, and HES 113 as prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher.
    • Biology courses must be completed within the last five (5) years prior to program application.
  • Hold and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all prerequisite courses for consideration into the program.
  • We recommend making an appointment to speak with our Program Director, Michelle Diaz, to discuss the program and profession expectations.
  • Submit a completed program application once all prerequisites are complete. Current application made available online each year. 
  • Understand that the program accepts up to 20 candidates.
  • Understand that students entering the Surgical Technology program must be willing to devote their time and energy to his/her education.
    • Didactic (classroom) hours are held on Mondays and Tuesdays. *subject to change.
    • Assigned Clinical Hours are between 6:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
    • Students in this program are involved in their professional coursework and clinical education rotations 40 hours per week, not including study time.
    • Full-time work outside of the program is strongly discouraged.
  • Understand that the Mohave Community College Surgical Technology Program does not accept surgical technology course credits from other surgical technology programs.
  • Understand that each accepted student must attend a MANDATORY New Student Orientation held mid-August each year.
  • Understand this DISCLAIMER: Due to the nature of a surgical technology career students must be able to provide a; 1) negative drug screen and a; 2) background check which documents no offenses that indicate unfitness to serve as a health care professional.

 

Program Goal

Prepare competent, entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains by meeting or exceeding the criteria set forth in the current CAAHEP Standards.

  Accreditation
Requirements
2015-2016 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
Job Placement 80%  100%  88% 93% 50%
Board Pass Rate 70%  100% 100% 100% 100%

MCC’s Surgical Technology program has goals for our graduates to attain. These include earning an Associate of Applied Science and the title of Certified Surgical Technologist. To receive that designation, the student must sit for the exam given by the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. The Director takes pride in the results of the student’s efforts.

Mohave Community College Surgical Technology Program Student Work Policy

All student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are in the clinical rotation will be educational in nature.  Students will not be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution, in the capacity of a Surgical Technologist.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Pre-Requisite for the program and a General Education Course Requirement?

– Questions always arise as to the difference between a Program Pre-Requisite and Program General Education Requirements. As of Fall 2021 (subject to change) there are only 5 courses that are required prior to applying to and being accepted into the Surgical Technology Program. These courses are: BIO181, BIO201, BIO202, BIO 205, and HES 113. All other non-SGT courses are considered General Education courses – CIS110, COM121, ENG101; & PSY101. These General Education courses can be scheduled throughout the Program in order to facilitate particular students maintaining a full-time student status. Students who seek VA benefits, government grants, and many scholarships need to be a full-time student and that requires a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. If the General Education courses are taken prior to acceptance into the Surgical Technology Program, a student may find themselves without financial assistance due to the shortage of credit hours during certain semesters. General education courses may be completed either before being admitted into the program, or while taking SGT courses. General education courses must be completed before graduating from the program A student should always communicate their financial needs to his/her advisor so if the full-time status is required that status may be maintained.

What is considered when applications are evaluated?

Applications are evaluated for strong academic background. This background comes from ONLY the pre-requisite courses taken at Mohave Community College or similar courses taken at other colleges/universities which have been accepted for transfer credits at Mohave Community College. Work and volunteer experience with health-related and/or service-oriented emphasis may only be considered and are not required. Additionally, students are required to take an entrance examination (HESI RAD Admission Exam) and recommended to participate in a job shadowing experience.

Do all program participants have to travel to clinical facilities?

We try to place students in clinical facilities close to where they live, however students should be prepared to travel to other clinical facilities if we are unable to do so.

Can I work full-time while participating in the program?

Although we cannot dictate what a student does outside of the program, it must be emphasized that it is extremely difficult to successfully meet the requirements of the program while working a full-time job. Some factors to consider beyond personal stamina and abilities are: • The physical and mental demands of a job. • Flexibility of scheduling-ability to reduce/switch hours to accommodate the program and clinical schedules. • Personal/family responsibilities. • Study time requirements outside of program hours. • Your learning style – are you a quick learner, or an individual who needs to spend more time on a task in order to master the material? • Clinical assignments may and can be scheduled from 24-40 hours per week. Many students do work part-time while in the program. The program faculty, while sympathetic and understanding of financial situations, cannot lower performance expectations based on a need to work outside of the program. Ultimately, it is for each individual to honestly evaluate their abilities, both physical and academic, and determine if after committing to the hours in the program and the hours spent at a job, that there will still be enough time left to eat, sleep, study, travel, and fulfill family responsibilities, while meeting the requirements of the Surgical Technology Program for its entire duration.

Do you allow students to attend the program part-time?

– The program is full-time and four (4) semesters in length. Clinical rotations will be scheduled so that each student can have access to the required clinical experience. Currently, the program is Full-Time. No part-time access to the program exists.



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