Surgical Technology
The Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) is an integral member of the surgical team, working closely with surgeons, anaesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during, and after surgery.

San Angelo - Surgical Technology

SAN ANGELO APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 1

MANUAL DEXTERITY TEST DEADLINE: MAY 1

The Surgical Technology Program is a 9-month certificate program, once accepted, that offers college credit, beginning in the fall of each year. The program is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Upon completion, students may earn a professional credential by passing a nationally administered certifying examination by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Those who pass the exam become certified and are granted the designation of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

The Surgical Technology Program is a 9-month certificate program, once accepted, that offers college credit, beginning in the fall of each year. The program is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Upon completion, students may earn a professional credential by passing a nationally administered certifying examination by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Those who pass the exam become certified and are granted the designation of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). Clinical Case Requirement for Successful Completion of the Program:

* General Surgery: Minimum of 30 Solos/

* Other Surgical Specialties: Minimum of 90 Solos

Specialties include: Ortho, GU, ENT, Ophthalmology, GYN, Neuro, Vascular, Cardiothoracic, Plastics, Oral/Maxillofacial Solo: The student in the first scrub role performs more than 90% of the case with proficiency at their level of education and expertise (includes pre, intra, and post-op duties). First Scrub Role: The student in the first scrub role performs less than 90% of the case independently (includes pre, intra, and post of duties). Student Work Policy All student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution, in the capacity of a surgical technologist.

ARC / STSA take out spaces ARC/STSA West Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110 Littleton, CO 80120 Phone: (303) 741-3655 info@arcstsa.org

NBSTSA 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite #100 Littleton, CO 80120 Phone: (800) 707-0057 (toll-free) Fax: (303) 325-2536 mail@nbstsa.org

The purpose of the Surgical Technology Program at Howard College is to provide for the education of students in surgical technology and provide learning opportunities that are innovative and educationally sound. We serve a 13 county area ranging from Lamesa to Junction. The program and the college are committed to personal development of each student in the field of surgical technology so that he or she will be able to serve the community as a competent surgical technologist.

The goal of the Surgical Technology Program is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of surgical technology practice as performed by certified surgical technologist (CSTs)

All admission requirements including the science prerequisite classes must be completed by June 1 unless approved by the program chair.

Pre-application Requirements (Before June 1):
1. Passing test scores from an approved college assessment exam are required to gain entrance into academic courses. If needed, HC administers the TSI exam. The Testing Schedule is posted on the campus website or may be obtained by contacting the Testing Center on each campus.

2. Attend a Howard College Health Professions Orientation. A schedule may be obtained by contacting the HCSA Health Professions Division at (325) 481-8371, extension: 3435. Orientations will also be posted on the HCSA homepage. Attendance is mandatory for anyone applying for the Surgical Technology program. Failure to attend a HPO may result in a deduction in admission points. The Health Professions Orientation is very important because at that time we will answer all your program-related questions and hand out the paperwork necessary to apply to the program.

3. Prior to actual admission to the Surgical Technology program, the applicant must successfully complete the required prerequisite courses with a final grade of “C” or above.

• BIOL 2101/2301 – Anatomy & Physiology I (Lecture & Lab)
• BIOL 2102/2302 – Anatomy & Physiology II (Lecture & Lab)
• BIOL 2120/2320 – Microbiology & Lab  
• HPRS 1206 – Medical Terminology

4. Students seeking admission to the Surgical Technology program must take the Manual Dexterity Test. An appointment must be made with the Program Chair at 325-481-8300, ext. 3432

5. Successful completion of a criminal background check.

Application Requirements June 1.
1. Submit the Health Professions Application for the desired program to the Health Professions Assistant (Debbie Sartain Office HC 1008 at the St. John’s Campus of Shannon Medical Center) along with transcripts from each college/university attended. Applications will be accepted starting May 1st with the final due date being June 1st.

2. Provide proof of immunizations – provide copies, you keep the originals for your records. Immunizations required: Hepatitis B (3 doses OR a positive titer; must have received the first 2 doses of the series by June 1 deadline, MMR (2 doses OR a positive titer, Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis – one dose within the last 10 years). Varicella (2 doses OR a positive titer).

Once Selected
1. Successfully take and pass the approved Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers class.

2. Pass a ten-panel drug test (prior to beginning clinical rotations—due date provided).

Academic Year
# of Students Who Took the CST Exam
# of Students Who Passed the CST Exam
% of Students Who Passed the CST Exam
August 2018-May 201910770
August 2017-May 20189889
August 2016-May 20177571
August 2015-May 201699100
August 2014-May 201566100
August 2013-May 20149556
August 2012-May 20137571
August 2011-May 20124375

These expenses in addition to tuition and fees are approximate only and are subject to change. Tuition and Fees for each semester can be found in the Howard College Catalog.

Fees Associated with Admission:
* Immunizations – Variable
* Background Check –Variable

In addition to tuition/fees assessed from the college, the following approximate additional fees are the responsibility of the student and are subject to change:
* Basic Life Support Class for Health Care Providers (CPR) – $56 depending on where you take it.
* Physical Exam – Variable depending on health insurance
* 10-Panel Drug Test through Castle Branch –Variable
* Health Insurance – Variable
* TB Test (PPD) – Variable depending on health insurance
* Flu Shot –Variable

Uniforms:
* Scrubs– $60 each set (each student will need at least 2 sets of scrubs) (variable)
* Lab coats are optional – $40 (variable)
* Program Patch – $6

Textbooks: (prices are variable)
* Fall Semester I – $
* Spring Semester I – $

Licensing Expenses during Final Semester:

For questions or additional information regarding this program, please contact the Program Chair:

Carah Dunagan, BS, CST
Program Chair – Surgical Technology
St. John’s – Office HC-1023
(325) 481-8371 ext. 3432
cdunagan@howardcollege.edu

Debbie Sartain
Assistant to Health Professions Division
(325) 481-8371 ext. 3435
(325) 481-8373 Fax
dsartain@howardcollege.edu