Surgical Technology, Certificate of Proficiency

This program is no longer accepting students. 

Forest Park

The Surgical Technology Program prepares students for entry-level positions as surgical technologists. Students learn aseptic technique, instrumentation, surgical procedures and patient care through classroom lecture, laboratory practice and experience at a clinical affiliate. Students learn to assist the surgeon by passing instruments and sutures, holding retractors and cutting sutures.

Persons interested in this program should be able to work well with others in a team environment. They should have good manual dexterity, enjoy the operating room situation, and function effectively under intense and stressful situations.

This program is CAAHEP accredited and graduates are qualified to take the National Certification Exam offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354
www.caahep.org

Prerequisites

The following courses must be completed prior to applying for the program.

MTH 050Mathematical Literacy3
BIO 203General Microbiology I4
BIO 207Anatomy and Physiology I4

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. perform the tasks of an entry level surgical technologist.
  2. demonstrate skills necessary in specialty surgical procedures.
  3. explain anesthesia complications and interventions.
  4. practice independent clinical judgement.
  5. demonstrate knowledge of equipment, supplies, and instrumentation across multiple specialties.
  6. practice effective oral and written communication in the healthcare environment.
  7. complete the national board exam to become a Certified Surgical Technologist.

This program is no longer accepting students. 

Program of Study

BIO 208Anatomy and Physiology II4
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
PSY 200General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
or SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)
ST 104Pharmacology for Surgical Technologists2
ST 105Fundamentals of Surgical Technology4
ST 108Introduction to Surgical Technology6
ST 109Principles of Operating Room Communication2
ST 110Surgical Procedures I4
ST 111Surgical Technology Clinical I8
ST 210Surgical Procedures II2
ST 211Surgical Technology Clinical II4
Total Credit Hours42

This program is no longer accepting students. 

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ST 108 Introduction to Surgical Technology6 Must be enrolled in the Surgical Technology program and Reading Proficiency.
ST 109 Principles of Operating Room Communication2Must be enrolled in Surgical Technology program and Reading Proficiency.
ST 105 Fundamentals of Surgical Technology4ST 108 to be taken concurrently with ST 105. Must be enrolled in the Surgical Technology program and Reading Proficiency. 155 lab/clinical hours. 64 open lab hours.
ST 104 Pharmacology for Surgical Technologists2Must be enrolled in Surgical Technology program and Reading Proficiency.
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)
or General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)
3Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours17
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ST 110 Surgical Procedures I4ST 108 and must be enrolled in the Surgical Technology program and Reading Proficiency.
ST 111 Surgical Technology Clinical I8ST 108, ST 105 and Reading Proficiency.
BIO 208 Anatomy and Physiology II4BIO 207 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours16
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ST 210 Surgical Procedures II2ST 110 and must be enrolled in the Surgical Technology program and Reading Proficiency.Apply for graduation
ST 211 Surgical Technology Clinical II4ST 110, ST 111 and Reading Proficiency.
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 030.
Credit Hours9
Total Credit Hours42

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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.