Surgical Technology


Associate in Science

The Gateway Community College (GCC) Surgical Technology Program is licensed by the Connecticut Board of Regents.

Surgical Technologists are integral members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, registered nurses, and anesthesia personnel. Surgical technologists are also responsible for assembling and organizing all the specialized instruments, equipment and tools needed for a wide variety of surgical procedures. They are experts in sterile technique, responsible for maintaining the sterile field during surgery.


Accreditation

The Surgical Technology Program at Gateway Community College (GCC) is licensed by the Connecticut Board of Regents and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). The program is accredited by the: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), www.caahep.org, 9355-113th str, N, #7709 Seminole FL 33775. Phone: (727) 210-2350. Fax: (727) 210-2354. Email: mail@caahep.org.

Certification/Licensure Disclosure Statement:

Federal Regulation, 34 CFR 668.43-Institutional Information for Disclosure for Licensure Program requires the institution to disclose whether completion of a covered licensure program would be sufficient to meet licensure requirements in a State for that occupation. An institution can make the one or more of the following determinations:

The Surgical Technology Program at Gateway Community college is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 9355-113th St. N #7709, Seminole, FL 3373 and meets the state education requirements for “a recognized course of study in Surgical Technology” in the state of Connecticut. In addition, a graduate of the Gateway Surgical Technology Program in the state of Connecticut is eligible to take the national certification exam.

The Surgical Technology Program at Gateway Community College has not determined if the associate degree program in Surgical Technology meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia.  Program applicants should investigate each state certification/licensure requirements prior to accepting an offer of admission to the Surgical Technology Program at Gateway Community College.

The licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. Students who intend to seek certification/licensure in any state other than Connecticut need to consult with the state professional licensing board.  The state professional licensing boards make the decision on whether an individual is eligible for certification/licensure based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for certification/licensure. 

Job Opportunities

The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of Surgical Technologists is nationally projected to grow 15% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than average.

 

Surgical Technology Information Sessions
Surgical Technology Technical Standards Student Work Policy
Clinical Case Requirements 2021-2022 Surgical Technology Information Packet


PROGRAM TOTAL: $10,413.00 (tuition and clinical program fee) *Cost does not include student activity fees, textbooks, uniforms or other materials. Financial Aid may be available to those who qualify. Cost is subjected to change.

Goal Statement:

The Surgical Technology program prepares students to be competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.

Program Goals:

The graduate will:

  • Apply principles of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology to perioperative patient care.
  • Distinguish the elements, action, and use of medications and anesthetic agents used during the perioperative experience.
  • Demonstrate safe practice in the role of Surgical Technologist.
  • Display competence in technical skills and aseptic technique in the perioperative environment.
  • Practice responsible and accountable behavior within the role and competencies of the Surgical Technologist.
  • Organize the intraoperative environment efficiently as a member of the surgical team.
  • Apply learned knowledge and skills in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains to become nationally certified as a Surgical Technologist.

Criteria for successful completion of curriculum and graduation.

 

Program Outcomes 2020:

Year Retention Rate CST Exam Eligible Sat for the CST Exam Pass Rate NBSTSA CST Exam ST Grads Employed
2020 75% 100% 100% 100% 100%


 

For more information:
Angel Pickett, Program Coordinator
(203) 285-2070 | APickett@gwcc.commnet.edu

 

Admission Requirements/ Procedures:  (Please see Info Packet)

In addition to completing the GCC general admissions application, students who are interested in pursuing a career in surgical technology are required to complete a separate Surgical Technology Application. The GCC Surgical Technology application for Fall 2021 will be available July 31, 2020 – October 31, 2020 on the GCC website.

A minimum of C+ is required for all science and Surgical Technology courses and a C in all other general education courses for the Surgical Technology degree.

Suggested Sequence of Courses:


Prerequisite or parallel courses may be required. Please check individual course descriptions for details.

Freshman Year


  • ENG* I101 - Composition (3 credits)
  • MAT* I109 - Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
  • HIM* I101 - Medical Terminology (3 credits)
  • CSA* I105 - Introduction to Software Applications (3 credits)
  • BIO* I115 - Human Biology for Allied Health (4 credits)
  • ENG* I102 - Literature & Composition (3 credits)
  •     or  ENG* I202 - Technical Writing (3 credits)
  • Elective (SOPX) - Social Phenomena II (3 credits)
  • SUR* I110 - Operating Room Techniques (4 credits)
  • SUR* I111 - Operating Room Skills Seminar (4 credits)
  • SUR* I109 - Microbiology for Surgical Technologists (2 credits)

Sophomore Year


  • PSY* I111 - General Psychology I (3 credits)
  • SUR* I211 - Clinical Experience I (6 credits)
  • SUR* I213 - Surgical Procedures I (3 credits)
  • SUR* I215 - Surgical Technology Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • Elective (AESX) - Aesthetic Dimensions (3 credits)
  • SUR* I212 - Clinical Experience II (6 credits)
  • SUR* I214 - Surgical Procedures II (3 credits)
  • SUR* I250 - Advanced Seminar for the Surgical Technologist (3 credits)

Total Credits: 62


*BIO*211 and BIO*212 Anatomy and Physiology I and II can be substituted for BIO*115