The Program of Surgical Technology is a full-time, 10 month accredited program which begins each fall. The curriculum is based on guidelines provided by the Association of Surgical Technologists. The program is divided into four 10 week terms. Students are required to attend full-time, 4 days a week. Typically, the classroom hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the clinical hours are from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.

During the program, students acquire experience in various clinical areas and several surgical specialties. Central sterile supply, endoscopy, urology and the delivery room are some of the environments used for clinical experience. General surgery, otolaryngology, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology, gynecology, peripheral vascular surgery and neurosurgery are some examples of surgical specialties which provide students with clinical experience in an operating room and a one-day surgery center.

Prior to Graduation, students take the National Certifying Examination for Surgical Technologists offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). At program completion, the student receives a Surgical Technology Certificate.


Application Process for Admission Fall 2014

Applications accepted February 1, 2014 through May 30, 2014

Mail applications to:

Admissions Office
Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing
200 Mill Hill Avenue
Bridgeport, CT  06610
Your application packet should include*:
  • Completed application form
  • 1½ x 2" recent color photo
  • Official (sealed) high school transcript or official G.E.D.
  • Official (sealed) college transcript(s) - optional
  • Official Version 5.0 TEAS** score    
  • Proof of United States Citizenship or Current Permanent Resident Card
  • 3 Professional References
  • 250-500 word Essay 
  • $50.00 non-refundable application fee

*ONLY COMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED.

**TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills):  As part of the application process you will be required to submit an official TEAS score.  TEAS exams must be Version 5.0.  BHSN offers many dates during the application period to take the TEAS examination.  You will be given an opportunity to sign up for it after your application is submitted.  If your file is otherwise complete, the admission review begins with the receipt of your TEAS score. BHSN Admissions are on a rolling basis.

The Admissions Office will confirm receipt of your application via letter or email.  It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that BHSN has received all documentation.

You may obtain application and reference forms at the School of Nursing or by downloading them here.  

Applicants must submit an official high school graduation transcript or an official high school equivalency certificate (G.E.D). Records from secondary schools outside the United States must be translated and evaluated for U.S. equivalency by an approved translating agency. Verification of dates and discharge status are required of applicants who have served in the military.

The Admissions Committee selects applicants for admission after thoroughly reviewing the applicant's file. The Faculty and Administration of the School reserve the right to refuse admission to an applicant if it is felt to be in the best interest of the School or the applicant.

Students selected for admission must send a non-refundable tuition deposit of $150.00 within one week of the postmarked acceptance letter to assure a place in the class.


Accredited by:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, Florida 33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Approved by:

State of Connecticut
Executive Director of the Office of Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education
61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105-2326
www.ctohe.org

Certification

At BHSN program completion, surgical technology students take a certification examination. Certification as a surgical technologist by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) provides evidence to employers, healthcare professionals and colleagues that the student has been educated and trained to provide safe and competent care in the operating room.  It also demonstrates mastery of knowledge in the field of surgical technology. Students who pass the certifying exam use the initials CST to designate their status as Certified Surgical Technologists.