The Surgical Technology Curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team.
Students will apply theoretical knowledge to the care of patients undergoing surgery to develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations.
Employment opportunities include labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physicians’ offices, and central supply processing units.
Students of Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited programs are required to take the national certification exam administered by the National Board on Certification in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) within a four-week period prior to or after graduation.
The Surgical Technology Curriculum offers two options – a degree and a diploma program Completion of a diploma program from an accredited college will qualify students for entry into the Associate Degree program. Certification in Surgical Technology is preferred but not mandatory. Completion of the associate degree program is highly recommended as it prepares the graduate to be a practitioner with a broader knowledge base in the field of Surgical Technology.
Because the use of computers is integral to this curriculum, some courses are delivered in an online format.
In addition to tuition and books, students are responsible for extra costs for uniforms, supplies, medical exams, criminal background checks and drug screens, insurance, and travel.
Due to the generosity of many individuals and families, Sandhills Community College is able to offer a multitude of scholarships to deserving students. Scholarships provide the resources to enable our students to succeed. They provide hope and opportunity to those who might have otherwise had none. A scholarship is an incentive to strive for excellence. It is also recognition of a job well done.
Our students are encouraged to apply each year. Here are links to those that apply to this course of study at Sandhills Community College.