Certified surgical technologists act as scrub persons during surgery, anticipating surgeon’s needs. They prepare instruments and supplies for specific procedures and pass instruments to the surgeon. They have the knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during operative procedures and are constantly vigilant in maintaining a sterile field.
Program objectives are designed for students to acquire necessary attitudes, knowledge, and vital skills of accountability and responsibility in the operating room.
The program is divided into classroom and clinical components. Students have training experiences in surgery departments at hospitals and other clinical facilities. Students are eligible to be certified to work in sterile processing area after the first section of the program.
All student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing his or her clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be receiving any monetary remuneration during this educational experience, nor will he or she be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution, in the capacity of a surgical technologist.
In simulated surgical environments, students prepare, set up and maintain sterile fields, use sterilization and disinfection procedures, prepare supplies and equipment for surgery, and patient preparation.
The program has achieved national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Graduates are eligible to take the National Examination for the Certified Surgical Technologists (CST), provided by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19N., Ste. 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
T: (727)210-2350; F: (727)210-2354
The program is 1 year (1,330 hours). Classes usually meet M-F. Class and clinical hours vary.
Industry Certification & State Credential Exams:
- Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)
Obtainment Time Frame: In Program
Required basic skills grade levels for this program are Reading-11, Math-10, Language-11 and must be met prior to program completion or a FL High School Graduate after 2007.
Applicants must also have:
- Completed Health Science Application
- A physical exam documenting the absence of lifting restrictions for all programs
Applicants with a documented Latex allergy are not eligible for admission.
Suncoast conducts a background check on applicants for all Health Science/EMS programs in accordance with the requirements set by affiliation agreements, licensing agencies, and state statutes. Restrictions on admission to programs include, but are not limited to, those indicated below.
1. Chemically Impaired―requires one full year of documented stability prior to admission.
2. Emotional/Mental Illness―requires one full year of documented stability prior to admission.
3. Arrests―Applicants who have been convicted of, or who have pleaded nolo contendere, for arson, assault, robbery, armed burglary, kidnapping, attempted murder, murder, manslaughter, repeated drug or alcohol offenses, or who have repeated misdemeanor offenses will be denied admission to Health Science/EMS programs. Applicants who have been arrested and convicted of or who have plead nolo contendere to offenses other than those stated above will be denied admission for one full year after the completion of all court ordered requirements. Applicants must be prepared to present documentation of satisfaction of all court mandates and document one year of satisfactory work history after completion of court ordered requirements. Regulatory agencies and local employers may have more stringent requirements for employment or for attendance for clinical rotations.
4. Health Risks―Determining that an applicant’s career choice will not be a detriment to his/her own health (or the safety of patients/clients), applicants may be required to provide documentation that is above and beyond medications and physical conditions identified on their physical exam questionnaire and exam report. All programs require documentation of the absence of lifting restrictions.
NOTE: Missing/incomplete or late (submitted past deadline date) applications will not be considered. Regular information sessions are held to answer questions about the application process. Call the Guidance Department, x62283 to make an appointment.
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|A||HSC0003||Basic Healthcare Worker||90 hrs|
|B||STS0015||Central Supply Technician||210 hrs|
|C||STS0010||Surgical Technologist 1||343 hrs|
|STS0011||Surgical Technologist 2||343 hrs|
|STS0012||Surgical Technologist 3||344 hrs|
*OCP-C is earned after completion of ALL Surgical Technologist courses.
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Surgical Technology Program Outcomes:
# of Graduates
Taken CST Exam
Passed CST Exam