Surgical technologists are 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.
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:
- Apply to Cisco College
- Complete SRGT application to the college (available from April through May)
- 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:
- Bacterial Meningitis
- 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)
- MMR - x2
- Tuberculin skin test
- 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.
- GPA no less than 2.0
- Biographical essay discussing why you want to become a Surgical Technologist
- Completion of pre-requisite courses (MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology, 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.
RESOURCES & REQUIREMENTS
MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology
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.
What Can This Program Do For You
The Surgical Technology program is a 12 month Health Sciences program beginning in the Fall semester of each year. Below is the suggested pathway for full-time prospective students looking to receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology.
*Developmental Courses: Some students may need preparatory courses in English, Reading, or Math. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a certificate or degree.
Surgical Technology Level I Certificate Plan
Pre-Requisites First Semester (Fall) MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology* 3 HPRS 2200 Pharmacology for Health 2 BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I* 4 SRGT 1405 Intro to Surgical Tech 4 BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II* 4 SRGT 1409 Fund of Aseptic Technique 4 SRGT 1260 Clinical I 2 TOTAL 11 TOTAL 12
*Completed with a minimum grade of "C"
Second Semester (Spring) Third Semester (Summer) SRGT 1541 Surgical Procedures I 5 Professional Readiness 1 SRGT 1542Surgical Procedures II 5 Clinical III 5 SRGT 2260 Clinical II 2 TOTAL 12 TOTAL 6
Associate of Applied Science Degree
In order to obtain an A.A.S Degree, the above Certificate Plan must be completed in addition to the following courses:
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3 MATH 1322 or MATH 1314 3 BIOL 2421 Microbiology 4 GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3 Humanties/Fine Arts Elective 3 SPCH 1321Business & Prof Speech 3 PSYC 2314 or SOCI 1301 3 TOTAL 22
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.
Potential Career Paths
- Surgical Technologist
- Surgeon's Assistant
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