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.
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. Graduates of an accredited S.T. program are eligible to sit for the National Certifying Exam for Surgical Technologists. The exam is given year round by appointment. It is administered by the Liaison Council on Certification for the Surgical Technologist (LCC-ST) which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA). Successful completion of this exam confers 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.
|Fall Semester||Credit Hours|
|STP 121||Intro to Surgical Tech||3|
|HIT 100||Medical Terminology I||3|
|*BIO 218||Intro to Microbiology||4|
|MAT 122||Mathematics for Applied Tech||3|
|Spring Semester||Credit Hours|
|STP 122||Principles and Practices||7|
|STP 127||Pharmacology for Health Professions||3|
|*BIO 210||Intro to Human Anatomy||4|
|Summer Semester||Credit Hours|
|STP 123||Surgical Procedures I||3|
|STP 125||Clinical Rotation I||2.5|
|BIO 215||Intro to Human Physiology||4|
|*Prerequisite Course BIO 115 Human Biology|
Career Clusters: Health Science
Career Pathways: Therapeutic Services
Possible Career Opportunities:
Certified Surgical Tech/First Assistant * Certified Surgical Technician
Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) * Surgical Scrub Technician
Operating Room Surgical Technician (OR St)
Surgical Technician Operating Room Technician (OR Tech)
Operating Room Technologist (OR Tech)
Surgical Scrub Technologist (Surgical Scrub Tech)
Surgical Technologist (Surgical Tech)
Total projected program cost – $9,345.00
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