1. Provide a brief description of your department and list the programs within your department?
Associate of Applied Science: Surgical Technology
We only have afternoon surgical technology classes. The admission department can only enroll every March, July, and November 15 students each time. This is due to that we can only have 12:1 student teacher ratio in our ST classes. Department chairs meets with every ST student before they enroll into the program to make sure they understand the intensity of this field. This is why it is important to send them on a field trip with in the first 4 months so they get a firsthand look at their profession.
Students take 13 courses, prior to starting surgical technology classes. Then they have seven didactic and four extern classes.
2. List possible jobs opportunities/ career opportunities for each program.
Student work in a hospital, same day surgery unit, doctor office that provides surgery, cardiac cath labs (yes, we can do that to!) pretty much anywhere there is surgery. Surgical technologist will go back to school to get a Bachelor or Master degree.
3. What are the job responsibilities and duties?
Surgical technologists are allied health professionals, who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. They work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, equipment works, patient is safe. Surgical technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique. They possess the natural science background, and perform as ethical professionals in the field of study, exhibiting sound reasoning and effective communication in an increasingly diverse world.
4. How do you become successful in the field?
Professionalism, staying current in the field (conferences, CEU), becoming a member of AST (Association of Surgical Technologist), becoming certified, and making sure you are a well rounded surgical technologist (being able to scrub all cases in all services).
5. What are the current and future trends?
This field is a very completive field and students have to go the extra mile to succeed. It is important for our students to learn Robotics. It is huge in the surgical area and the demand will continue to grow.
6. What is the certifications requirement in this profession? Is certification a requirement for graduation or job?
CST (Certified Surgical Technologist) – Examination is given to student around 2 weeks before graduation, even though it is not required by law in Ohio, yet. However, most hospitals require students to be CST certified. Some states have already started to move to mandating accreditation.
7. Please add additional questions/responses important to your department/program.
- Club information – we just started our club 2 months ago, we did the ribbons for Haiti, and we go on field trips to the hospital.
- Success stories – we have ST that have passed their exam and are employed at UC, Christ, Children’s, etc.
This Website is provided “as is” for a public service to the educational community. Use of information from this website is voluntary and at the discretion of the viewer. BMC Library Cincinnati provides links to many websites that we do not control, maintain, or regulate. EDMC and Brown Mackie College disclaims any responsibility or liability for the services or information herein.