Surgical Technologists are part of the operating room team, working with surgeons, circulating nurses and anesthesiologists. They play a critical role in maintaining the integrity of the operating room sterile field, assist with patient positioning, and during surgeries hand medical tools to the surgeon. A surgical Technologist knows the name and function of each instrument, anticipates its use and passes the instrument without being asked.
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 full-time student status. Students who seek VA benefits, government grants, and many scholarships need to be full-time students 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.
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.
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.
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.
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