Health Science

Surgical TechSurgical Technician - Certificate

The Surgical Technician certificate prepares skilled students to enter into the healthcare environment as surgical technologists. Graduates function under the supervision of surgeons and registered nurses, performing duties that are vital for surgical patient safety and care during operative procedures, such as preparing and maintaining sterile fields; passing instruments, sutures, and sponges; and functioning as a key part of the surgical team. Students are trained in aseptic techniques, medical-equipment nomenclature, and human anatomy for the operating room. HGTC's Surgical Technology program provides students with classroom study, laboratory practice, and clinical experience.

The Surgical Technician program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program ( www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health, Education Programs, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1970, Chicago, IL 60601-2208, telephone 312-553-9355. For more information about HGTC's accreditations, click here.

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Career Outlook

Supervised clinical practice in surgical environments prepares the student for entry-level positions in such areas as:
  • Hospital operating room departments
  • Obstetrical departments
  • Surgical supply and/or processing departments
  • Outpatient surgical centers
  • Surgeon office practices
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Specific Admission Requirements for Program:

Student Requirements – Personal Traits

    • Possess a strong sense of responsibility, considerable patience and concern for others
    • Function well as a team member
    • Possess manual dexterity and fine motor coordination
    • Perform accurately and efficiently under pressure

Specific Admission Requirements for Program

  • Criminal Background Check
  • Urine Drug Screening
  • Submit a Health Sciences Division Student Health Record Form indicating the candidate has the ability to perform the physical tasks required in the program
  • Proof of CPR certification for Health Care Providers
  • Completion of BIO 210, BIO 211 and BIO 225 with a minimum grade of "C"
 

Course Sequence and Progression Requirements

A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for all SUR-prefixed courses for progression and graduation.

 

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester  - Fall
   
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3
AHS 126 Health Calculations 1
SUR 101 Introduction to Surgical Technology 5
SUR 103 Surgical Procedures 4
  TOTAL 13
Second Semester - Spring
   
SUR 102 Applied Surgical Technology 5
SUR 104 Surgical Procedures II 4
SUR 111 Basic Surgical Practicum 7
  TOTAL 16
Third Semester - Summer    
SUR 113 Advanced Practicum 6
SUR 120 Surgical Seminar 2
  TOTAL 8
 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

37