The Program of Surgical Technology is a full-time, 10 month accredited
program divided into 4 ten-week terms. The design of the curriculum is based on
guidelines provided by the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc. Required hours for program completion consist of 450 hours of total didactic/classroom, 24 hours of total classroom lab, 640 hours of total clinical lab, 1114 total program hours, 120 hours of total case requirements, minimum 80 first scrubs, and minimum 40 second scrubs. Prior to graduation, the student takes the certification examiniation for Surgical Technology. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a Certificate verifying successful achievement of the program of study. The student also receives a copy of their individual transcript.
Students are required to
attend full-time, 4 days a week. Typically, the classroom hours are from 8:00
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the clinical hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Refer
to the academic calendar for scheduled holidays and vacations.
Term I is dedicated to preparing the student for entrance into the operating
room. Students study anatomy and physiology, fundamentals of asepsis and
surgical technology, patient care and safety, and medical terminology. Ample
time is dedicated to skill practice in the classroom laboratory before students
begin their clinical experience in the second term.
During Term II, students build upon previous courses by studying more complex
components of anatomy and physiology. Specific surgical procedures are
introduced in this term with emphasis on surgical interventions for the Surgical
Technologist. Surgical pharmacology, another component of this term, helps the
student correlate the dynamics of pharmacology and anesthesia to the care of the
patient during surgery. The clinical laboratory component gives the student the
necessary experience to function as a surgical team member in surgeries that are
Term III provides students with the opportunity to study surgical procedures
that are moderately complex. Students devote additional hours in the clinical
setting to practice corresponding skills. Classroom time is allotted for the
study of personal and professional growth to prepare students for joining the
The final phase of the program, Term IV, allows students to study
increasingly complex surgical procedures in the classroom and clinical
environment. Students are introduced to the advanced practice roles of
circulating and first assisting. They also discuss cultural, ethical, legal and
moral issues in the classroom as they relate to clinical practice.
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.
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.