The program of surgical technology is a full-time, accredited 10- month program divided into four 10- week terms. The program is based on nationally established standards and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP). The design of the curriculum follows the guidelines provided by the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST). Required hours for program completion consist of total didactic/classroom hours 450, total classroom labs hours 24, total clinical lab hours 640, total program hours 1114, total case requirements 120, minimum 1st scrub 80, and 2nd scrub 40. Prior to graduation the student takes the certification examination for surgical technology through National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. 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 BHSN 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. Emphasis is on skill practice in the classroom laboratory and demonstration of competency 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. During the clinical laboratory component, the student is introduced into the operating rooms to gain experience functioning as a surgical team member in minimally complex surgeries.
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 work force.
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 within the YNHH system.
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.