Associate of Science in Surgical TechnologyPrepare for an Exciting Career in Health Care
In just two years at St. Catharine College in Kentucky, you can gain the skills you need to begin a demanding and fulfilling career as a Surgical Technologist. Surgical Technologists are allied health professionals, who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. Surgical Technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, equipment functions properly, and the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical Technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures (Source: www.ast.org).
The program’s small classes typically include 10 or fewer students, so you are assured of receiving the kind of individual attention that builds your skills quickly. You will get to know your professors well as you learn everything you need to know to be a true asset in a hospital setting.
Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of our Surgical Technology graduates find positions in hospitals, labor and delivery departments, and outpatient surgery centers, both in-state and beyond.Special Program Highlights and Features:
- Though the program only requires two years to complete, you are able to learn skills that gain you entry into a growing, essential career field.
- In addition to the extensive OR training, you will complete two semesters of liberal arts education that ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge worthy of an Associate of Science Degree.
- Surgical Technology classes typically include fewer than 10 students, allowing each student to receive personalized attention and instruction.
- After 24 weeks of classroom instruction and laboratory practice in our mock operating room, you begin your clinical rotations at area and surrounding hospitals.
- When you complete the program, you will take the Certified Surgical Technologist exam given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).
Perioperative Patient Care - This lecture course introduces the student to adult, pediatric, geriatric, bariatric and special needs patient care concepts. Discussion on types of consents, transportation and transfer of the surgical patient, perioperative patient routines, safety issues and death will be included.
Surgical Pharmacology - This lecture course will encompass the essential principles and practices of the clinical use of drugs in surgery to ensure safe patient care. The student will identify various systems of measurement, demonstrate basic mathematical skills, perform dosage calculations and recognize drugs commonly used in surgery.
Aseptic Technique With Lab - This lecture course focuses on the use of sterile technique, establishment of a surgical conscience, surgical microbiology, and methods of sterilization. In the surgical technology lab and various hospital settings, the student will continue to learn and practice aseptic technique, disinfection, and sterilization processes.
Career Outlook for Major
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Surgical Technologists can expect their job opportunities to grow by a full 25 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the growth anticipated for the average of all occupations. As the population grows older and the number of surgeries increases, the need for qualified Surgical Technologists will increase too.