The Surgical Technology certificate program is a two-year program offered at community colleges through the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market. This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to practice as certified surgical technologists.
Students successfully completing the program will be fully qualified for jobs as scrub surgical technologists and circulating surgical technologists. Program graduates will be eligible for employment in hospitals, surgical centers, and clinics and physicians offices. The program is offered off-campus in a central laboratory.
Graduates of the accredited S.T. program must sit for the National Certifying Exam for Surgical Technologists. The computer-delivered examination will be administered at students’ home campus upon completion of the program. The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) is the certifying agency, which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Successful completion of this exam will confer the title of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).
Persons seeking admission to the Surgical Technology Program must meet the following criteria:
- Have graduated from an approved high school or demonstrate equivalent competency (GED examination)
- Meet all admission policies and complete all required admission forms of the college
- Take the Health Occupation Aptitude Examination – Revised
- Submit a completed Surgical Technology application form to the college by March 1
- Submit to a criminal background check and drug testing after admission into the program
Students must be certified in CPR Healthcare Provider through the American Heart Association at the start of the program.
Retention in the ST program requires that students must earn a grade of C or better in all STP and general education courses.
First Year Courses
|Fall Semester||Credit Hours|
|STP 121||Intro to Surgical Technology||3|
|HIT 100||Medical Terminology I||3|
|*BIO 221||Anatomy and Physiology I*||4|
|MAT 122||Mathematics for Healthcare Professionals||3|
|Spring Semester||Credit Hours|
|STP 122||Principles and Practices||7|
|STP 127||Pharmacology for Health Professions||3|
|*BIO 222||Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|Summer Semester||Credit Hours|
|STP 123||Surgical Procedures I||3|
|STP 125||Clinical Rotation I||2.5|
|ENG 111||English Composition I||3|
|*Prerequisite Course BIO 115 Human Biology|
Second Year Courses
The SICCM Surgical Technology Program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) by recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology.