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Certificate Surgical Technology Program

Surgical technologists are allied health professional who are an integral part of a team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. The Surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and techniques to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

Surgical Technology Program Goals

The primary goal of the Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences Surgical Technology Program is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Students successfully completing the program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the knowledge of biologic sciences, pharmacology and biomedical technology in the field of surgical technology. (cognitive)
  2. Meet performance standards that are needed to respond to the surgical patient needs in the perioperative setting. (psychomotor)
  3. Demonstrate knowledge from a broad academic curriculum to pass the NBSTSA certification exam. (cognitive)
  4. Maintain a “surgical conscience” and accountability for personal actions. (affective)
  5. Assume responsibility as a member of the profession of surgical technology through maintenance of standards of practice, professional ethics, and ongoing self-evaluation. (affective)

Clinical Requirement for Caseloads

Clinical Requirements for caseloads: (Taken directly from the Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology 6th edition. Pg. 174)

  1. The total number of cases the student must complete is 120
  2. Students are required to complete 30 cases in general surgery. Twenty of the cases must be in the First Scrub role.
  3. Students are required to complete 90 cases in various surgical specialties. Sixty cases must be in the First Scrub role and evenly distributed between a minimum of 5 surgical specialties. However, 15 is the maximum number of cases that can be counted in any one surgical specialty.
  4. The surgical technology program is required to verify through the surgical rotation documentation that the students’ progression in First and Second Scrubbing surgical procedures of increase complexity as he/she moves towards entry level graduate abilities.
  5. Diagnostic endoscopy cases and vaginal delivery cases are not mandatory. But up to 10 diagnostic endoscopic cases and 5 vaginal delivery cases can be counted towards maximum number of Second Scrub Role cases.
  6. Observation cases must be documented, but do not count towards the 120 required cases.
  7. Counting cases
    • Cases will be counted according to surgical specialty. Examples:
      • Trauma patient requires a splenectomy and repair of a Lefort I fracture. Two cases can be counted and documented since the splenectomy is general surgery and the repair of Lefort I is an oral-maxillofacial surgical specialty.
      • Patient requires a breast biopsy followed by a mastectomy. It is one pathology, breast cancer, and the specialty is general surgery; therefore it is counted and documented as one procedure- one case.

Program Schedule
2016-17 Surgical Technology Schedule

The Southeast Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 or

For more information about our program, contact Program Director Jill Stroud, CST For more information about the profession of surgical technology visit

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