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 as you learn everything you need to know to be a true asset in a hospital setting.
Upon graduation, 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:
- 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).
Surgical Microbiology/Aseptic Techniques with Lab: This course focuses on preventing perioperative disease transmission with the use of sterile technique, development of a surgical conscience, understanding surgical microbiology, and the process and methods of sterilization.
Surgical Case Management with Lab: This course explores the role of the Surgical Technologist during the pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative phases. The student will learn how to acquire needed supplies and create and maintain the sterile field, pass instruments, and anticipate the surgeon's needs.
Career Outlook for Major
According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Surgical Technologists is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.