Surgical Technology

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of a team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings.

This twelve month program prepares students for entry-level positions as surgical technologist. Students learn aseptic technique, instrumentation, surgical procedures and patient care through classroom, laboratory practice, and supervised practicums in area clinical agencies. Students learn to assist the surgeon by passing instruments and sutures, holding retractors and cutting sutures. Persons interested in the program should be able to work well with others in a team environment, and function effectively under intense and stressful situations.

Surgical technologists are integral members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel-delivering patient care before, during, and after surgery. Scrub, circulating, and second assisting surgical technologists have primary responsibility for maintaining the sterile field, being constantly vigilant that all members of the team adhere to aseptic technique. It is recognized that not all surgical technology practitioners fill the roles of circulator and second assistant. It is imperative, however, that the surgical technology student be educated in all aspects of surgical technology, identified by the following duties and the curriculum content section.

Eligibility for graduation is dependent upon the completion of the Minimum case load of 120 cases within the time frame of ST 102-105.  Case load requirements are followed according the Core Curriculum for Surgical Technologist sixth edition.

Upon completion of the Surgical Technology Program, graduates will have met the academic and clinical requirements to take the National Certifying Examination for Surgical Technologists offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Fact Sheet for 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)


Summer (8 weeks) 

FYS 101 College Seminar (1)
ENG 100 English Composition (3) or ENG 099 Writing Skills (0) (if needed)
BI 151 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
AH 201 Human Diversity (1)

Fall (16 weeks)
ST 100 Fundamentals of Surgical Care I (3)
ST 100 Fundamentals of Surgical Care I Lab (3)
BI 152 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
ENG 100 English Composition (3) (if needed)
ST 102 Fundamentals of Surgical Care II (3)
ST 102 Lab Fundamentals of Surgical Care II Lab (3)
St 101 Pharmacology (3)

Spring (16 weeks)

ST 103 Surgical Technology I (2)
ST 103 Lab Surgical Technology I Lab (4)
ST 104 Surgical Technology II (2)
ST 104 Lab Surgical Technology II Lab (4)
ST 105 Surgical Technology III (2)
ST 105 Lab Surgical Technology III Lab (4)
BI 200 Microbiology (3)

Total semester hours = 49

Eligibility Requirements

Program Effectiveness

Student Achievement Data

2015 2016 2017
Pass Rate 80% 100% 100%
Retention 38% 40% 44%
Employment Rate 100% 100% 100%

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