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Surgical Technology

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The Surgical Technology Program is a two year Associate of Applied Science degree program starting in the fall semester.

Upon completion of the Surgical Technology Program, you will be qualified to assist the surgical team during surgery. A surgical technologist may work as a surgical scrub person, passing instruments and surgical supplies to the surgeon, assist the RN circulating during the surgical procedure, or other areas within the operating room department.

During your training you will learn theory, surgical procedures, instrumentation, aseptic technique, and surgical equipment and supplies. Through a clinical education course, you will receive valuable clinical experience in the operating suite of a local hospital. Upon completing your course work, you will be eligible to take the National Certification Examination. 

 

 

PROGRAM SURGICAL CASE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION ELIGIBILITY

Surgical Specialty 

Total # of Cases Required 

Minimum # of First Scrub Cases Required 

Maximum # of Second Scrub Cases That Can be Applied Towards 120 Cases 

General Surgery 

30 

20 

10 

Surgical Specialties 

Cardiothoracic 

ENT 

Eye 

GU 

Neuro 

Ob-Gyn 

Oral/Maxillofacial 

Orthopedics 

Peripheral Vascular 

Plastics 

Procurement/Transplant 

90 

60 

30 

Diagnostic Endoscopy 

Bronchoscopy 

Colonoscopy 

Cystoscopy 

EGD 

ERCP 

Esophagoscopy 

Laryngoscopy 

Panendoscopy 

Sinoscopy 

Ureteroscopy 

  

  

10 diagnostic endoscopy cases may be applied toward the second scrub cases 

Labor & Delivery 

  

  

5 vaginal delivery cases may be applied toward the second scrub cases 

Totals 

120 

80 

40 

 

  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 of the 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 the students’ progression in First and Second Scrubbing surgical procedures of increased 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 toward the 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  

                   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 specialty and repair of LeFort I is 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.  


FIRST AND SECOND SCRUB ROLE AND OBSERVATION 

FIRST SCRUB ROLE 

The student surgical technologist shall perform the following duties during any given surgical procedure with proficiency.  The following list is provided to identify the items that must be completed in order to document case in the first scrub role.  A student not meting the five criteria below cannot count the case in the first scrub role and the case must be documented in the second scrub role or observation role. 

  • Verify supplies and equipment needed for the surgical procedure.  
  • Set up the sterile field with instruments, supplies, equipment, medication(s), and solutions needed for the procedure.  
  • Perform counts with the circulator prior to the procedure and before the incision is closed.  
  • Pass instruments and supplies to the sterile surgical team members during the procedure.  
  • Maintain sterile technique as measured by recognized breaks in technique and demonstrate knowledge of how to correct with appropriate technique.    

SECOND SCRUB ROLE 

The second scrub role is defined as the student who is at the sterile field who has not met all criteria for the first scrub role, but actively participates in the surgical procedure in its entirety by completing any of the following:  

  • Sponging  
  • Suctioning  
  • Cutting suture  
  • Holding retractors  
  • Manipulating endoscopic equipment  

OBSERVATION ROLE 

The observation role is defined as the student who is in the operating room performing roles that do not meet the criteria for the first or second scrub role.  These observation cases are not to be included in the required case count, but must be documented by the program. 

For further information on the Surgical Technology (ST) program, please select a topic of interest from the list below.

Program Topics

Professional Organizations & Sites of Interest

The Surgical Technology Program maintains close ties with the Association of Surgical Technologists and the Association of Operating Room Nurses.

  • Association of Surgical Technologist
  • Association of Operating Room Nurses

The following are some interesting web sites about Surgical Technology.  

Faculty & Staff

The Surgical Technology Program faculty are certified surgical technologists with years of experience in operating room nursing. They are dedicated professionals with expertise in many surgical services, providing the student with the best academic and clinical experience available.

  • K. Renee Guillory, CST, Program Director, Assistant Professor
  • Jessica Garza, CST, Clinical Coordinator, Instructor

 

Contact Information

Program Director:
Renee Guillory, CST
kguillory3@alamo.edu 

Location:
MLK Campus
Center for Health Professionals (CHP) 330D

Phone:
210-486-2418