•  Surgical Technologist

    Surgical Technologist

    Program Description

    The program at Baltimore City Community College follows the Core Curriculum for the Surgical Technologist, developed by the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc. Students who complete the program will earn a Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology and will be eligible to sit for the certification exam given by the National Board for Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants. The program prepares students for successful employment in an operating room, assisting the surgeon and other members of the professional staff with patient care before, during, and after surgery.
    Through classroom study and clinical fieldwork in area hospitals, students learn surgical asepsis and the preparation and use of instrumentation and equipment. Students completing the program are eligible to take the certifying examination given by the Association of Surgical Technologists. Prospective SGT students should consult with the Admissions Office about the insurance, course sequence, and grade standards that must be maintained. Students must be eligible for all college level courses to be eligible for admission to the program. There is a maximum enrollment of 16 for each entering cohort. A new cohort is accepted every fall semester.
    The mission of the Surgical Technology Program at Baltimore City Community College is to provide students with comprehensive learning experiences encompassing the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior), domains necessary to perform as competent entry level Surgical Technologist while serving the needs of the community.
    The Surgical Technology Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Technology and Assisting (ARC/STSA) and the CAAHEP's Board of Director.

    Job Description

     A Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) is a member of the surgical team who works with surgeons, anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during and after surgery. Duties include passing instruments to the surgeon and assisting during surgery.
    Surgical Technologists are responsible for many important tasks assisting in the care of surgical patients, including:
    • Working with surgeons, nurses, and other operating room personnel
    • Understanding fundamentals steps and routine procedures in order to assist the surgeon
    • Helping to ensure surgical procedures are performed efficiently and effectively
    • Preparing operating rooms for surgery
    • Maintaining equipment, rooms, and supplies
    • And many other important responsibilities   

    Career Options and Occupation Outlook

    Surgical technologists may gain employment in a number of different settings. Some of these include:

    • Hospital operating rooms
    • Ambulatory surgery centers
    • Organ procurement facilities
    • Labor and delivery
    • Veterinary clinics

    Skills Needed

    Individuals who want to enter the field of surgical technology need manual dexterity because they must handle instruments quickly. A surgical technologist must have excellent critical thinking skills to be able to anticipate the needs of the patient and the surgical team. They must also be alert, conscientious, orderly, and emotionally stable to handle the demands of surgeons. Surgical technologists need to have stamina and be able to work on their feet through out operations that may last several hours.Extensive knowledge of human anatomy is also essential.