Surgical technologists are an integral part of the surgical team, assisting surgeons, anesthesiologists, and registered nurses in providing care to patients in the operating room. The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual ensures that the operating room or environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

The Cisco College Surgical Technology Program is a one-year certificate program beginning in the fall semester of each year. The program includes hours of clinical observation and experience in the operating room, as well as lecture and laboratory classes. After successful completion of the required curriculum, students earn a certificate. Students interested in the program should be in good physical and mental condition, be able to perform under stress, and possess manual dexterity.

Please see pages 118-119 of the Cisco College Course Catalog for course information.

Application Procedure

The Surgical Technology Program is a limited access program with one start per year in August. To be considered for admission to the Surgical Technology program, interested persons should:

  1. Apply to Cisco College
  2. Complete Surgical Technology Application and Application Letter (Available January 1 through JULY 1 of each year)
    1. As part of the Surgical Technology Application you are required to provide the Surgical Technology Program Director with a copy of your immunization record containing proof (titer, immunization or physician's documentation of illness) of the following immunizations and a negative Tuberculin skin test:
      1. Varicella
      2. Bacterial Meningitis
      3. Tetanus-Diphtheria
      4. Hepatitis B (2 of the 3 doses must be administered prior to the program start. The 3rd dose must be administered prior to clinical start in the Fall semester)
      5. MMR - x2
      6. Tuberculin skin test
    2. Many clinical sites utilized throughout the various Health Sciences Programs at Cisco College require a background check and/or drug screen prior to participation in the clinical portion of the program.
    3. Applications are due by JULY1st.

RESOURCES & REQUIREMENTS

Selection Criteria

  • GPA no less than 2.0
  • Biographical essay discussing why you want to become a Surgical Technologist
  • Completion of pre-requisite courses (BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I & BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II) with a grade of "C" or better or current enrollment and satisfactory progress.
  • Any additional academic, occupation/health sciences, or science related courses taken and passed with a "C" or better are viewed favorably
  • Formal interview with a panel, including but not limited to the Program Director, Division Chair, and other health science professionals.

The Surgical Technology Program is a strenuous program requiring your full time commitment and attention. It is a limited access program and accepts no more than 10 students; as a result, the selection process is taken very seriously.

Prerequisites

BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II

Must attain a grade of "C" or better or show proof of current enrollment and satisfactory progress.

About this Program

Degrees & Certifications Program Length
Associate of Applied Science Degree Four Semesters
Surgical Technician Level I Certificate Four Semesters

What Can This Program Do For You

  • Potential Career Paths
    • Surgical Technologist
    • Surgeon's Assistant
  • Salary Information

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  • Certification

    Students who successfully complete the Surgical Technology Program at Cisco College are eligible to sit for the certification exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

    2013 - 2014 100% certification rate

    2014 - 2015 100% certification rate

    2015 - 2016 100% certification rate

    2017 - 2018 60% certification rate

  • Additional Resources
  • Student Success Outcomes

    Outcomes Assessment Exam

    Annual Reporting YearAcademic Year# of Students Graduated# of Students Who Took CST Exam# of Students Who Passed CST Exam*% of Students who Passed CST Exam*
    20188/1/2016 - 7/31/201755360%
    20178/1/2015 - 7/1/2016222100%
    20168/1/2014 - 7/1/2015555100%
    20158/1/2013 - 7/1/2014
    333100%
    *CST Exam Pass Rate = 70%

Meet the Faculty

Jennifer Mazey

Surgical Technology Professor
Abilene Campus
(325) 794-4436
jennifer.mazey@cisco.edu

Curriculum Vitae