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Surgical Technology

National Surgical Technology Week - 3rd week in September - September 14-20, 2014

Each year, National Surgical Technologist Week is an opportunity to promote the profession and educate the community about the vital role that surgical technologists play in the O.R.

General Program Information

The Lansing Community College Surgical Technology Program is designed to cover both the academic and clinical skills necessary to perform as a surgical technologist. The program begins fall semester of each year. Certain prerequisite courses must be completed prior to admission to the professional portion, the 2nd year, of this program.

Students who plan to complete this associate degree program follow the Phase I Admission Requirements and Phase II guidelines for Admission Ranking.

Surgical technologists who take and pass the certifying examination offered by the NBSTSA (National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting) are certified and authorized to use the initials CST to designate their status as a Certified Surgical Technologist. Certification can be a means of upward mobility, a condition of employment, a route to higher salary, or a source of national recognition.

The Surgical Technology program is nationally accredited by the following:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354
www.caahep.org
Accreditation Granted: April 22, 1999

Selective Admission Information - May 1st Application Deadline

The Surgical Technology Program is a selective admission program with a limited number of openings each year. To be accepted, you must meet the basic program admission requirements. You will be ranked for admission based on points awarded according to additional criteria.

All admission procedures are coordinated through the Enrollment Services Office. They are responsible for distributing, receiving and dating application forms. Therefore, any student desiring admission into this program should contact Enrollment Services, Gannon Building, Room 203, (517/483-1200), email selective_admission@lcc.edu to receive an application or go to www.lcc.edu/futurestars/apply/selective/ to print an application.  The student may then contact the program advisor for further information.

Students meeting the Phase I Admission Requirements will be ranked for admittance into the program using a point value system. Points will only be awarded to students who meet the Phase I Admission Requirements at the time selection for admission is made.

The student applicant is responsible for providing verification of other information not contained in the current Lansing Community College official transcript.

Nature of Work

The surgical technologist is the person who stands elbow-to-elbow with the surgeon and passes the instruments. After the surgeon, the surgical technologist is the person closest the surgery. It is his or her job to maintain the sterile field and to respond to the surgeon's needs.

In operating rooms in this area, only the surgeon, the surgical technologists, and possible a resident or intern "scrub in" or wash hands in sterile fashion, don gowns, masks and gloves and have contact with the surgical opening. It is the surgical technologists' responsibility to be aware of everything going on in the room to make sure that sterility is maintained. The surgical technologist is also responsible for counting the instruments, needles, blades, scalpels, sponges and other paraphernalia before and after the operation, in cooperation with the circulating nurse. The surgical technologists also helps physically arrange the patient for surgery.

Employment Prospects

Demand for surgical technologists is expected to increase much faster than that for other professions, because the US population is aging and older people generally require surgery more often. Hospitals will continue to be the major employer, although some surgical technologists work in the offices and clinics of physicians. There is 100 percent placement of graduates of LCC's surgical technology program, unless they choose not to be employed. There is very high demand nationwide, with about five job openings for every graduate.

Skills You Need

Surgical technologists need manual dexterity to handle instruments quickly. They also must be conscientious, orderly, and emotionally stable to handle the demands of the operating room environment. Technologists must respond quickly and know the procedures well enough to have instruments ready for surgeons without having to be told. They are expected to keep abreast of new developments in the field.

Other skills that are required to succeed as a surgical technologist include: physical strength, eye/hand coordination, critical thinking skills, concentration, good interpersonal relations, memorization and sequencing. Prerequisite college courses are required for admission the Surgical Technology Program.

Expected Earnings

Starting salaries for surgical technologists range from $25,000 to $35,000. The higher figure reflects shift, weekend, and overtime differentials. An experienced surgical technologist may earn close to $39,000 not counting the differentials mentions.

Associate in Applied Science Degree Option

Students who plan to complete the associate degree program follow the Phase I and Phase II guidelines for Admission Ranking.  Students will follow the curriculum for the Associate Degree Option.

Surgical technologists who take and pass the certifying examination offered by the Liaison Council on Certification for the surgical technologist are certified and authorized to use the initials CST to designate their status as a Certified Surgical Technologist.  Certificate can be a means of upward mobility, a condition of employment, a route to higher salary, or a source of national recognition.

To view degree and certificate requirements click on the curriculum code below.

Code

Associate Degree

1021

Surgical Technology, AAS

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Course Offerings

Visit the Course Offerings page for information pertaining to courses available during a particular semester and to view course descriptions.

Selective Admission Information - May 1st Application Deadline

The Surgical Technology Program is a selective admission program with a limited number of openings each year. To be accepted, you must meet the basic program admission requirements. You will be ranked for admission based on points awarded according to additional criteria.

All admission procedures are coordinated through the Enrollment Services Office. They are responsible for distributing, receiving and dating application forms. Therefore, any student desiring admission into this program should contact Enrollment Services, Gannon Building, Room 203, (517/483-1200), email selective_admission@lcc.edu to receive an application or go to www.lcc.edu/futurestars/apply/selective/ to print an application.  The student may then contact the program advisor for further information.

Students meeting the Phase I Admission Requirements will be ranked for admittance into the program using a point value system. Points will only be awarded to students who meet the Phase I Admission Requirements at the time selection for admission is made.

The student applicant is responsible for providing verification of other information not contained in the current Lansing Community College official transcript.

PDF file Student Handbook »

Surgical Technology Program Related Links

AST

Association of Surgical Technologists
6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 200
Littleton, CO  80120-8031
www.ast.org

CAAHEP

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park St.
Clearwater, FL  33756
www.caahep.org

NBSTSA

National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 West Dry Creek Circle
Suite 100
Littleton, CO  80120-8031
www.nbstsa.org

ARC/STSA

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO  80120-8031
Phone:  303-694-9262
Fax:  303-741-3655
info@arcstsa.org

Occupational Outlook Handbook

United States Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Surgical Technology Program Physical Guidelines

Students must be able to do:

  1. STRENGTH: Perform physical activities requiring ability to push/pull objects/persons more than 100 pounds and to transfer objects of more than 100 pounds.
  2. MANUAL DEXTERITY: Perform simple motor skills such as standing, walking, handshaking; manipulative skills such as writing and typing, setting up exposure factors on x-ray control panel; manipulating the x-ray tube, bucky tray and x-ray table; injecting contrast, catheterizing patients, calibrating x-ray equipment, adjusting film processors, loading/unloading film magazines, etc.
  3. COORDINATION: Perform body coordination such as walking, filing, retrieving equipment; eye-hand coordination such as aligning x-ray beam with body part and film tray; computer/keyboard skills; arm-hand steadiness such as taking blood pressures, performing venipuncture, catheterizing, calibration of tools and equipment, etc.
  4. MOBILITY: Perform mobility skills such as walking, standing, bending; pushing portable equipment throughout hospital; prolonged standing while wearing leaded aprons during invasive x-ray exams/procedures; manipulate equipment in a sterile setting, such as surgery or special studies; manipulate x-ray equipment 40" above recumbent patients, etc.
  5. VISUAL ABILITY: See objects far away and to discriminate colors, and to see objects closely as in reading faces, dials, monitors, etc.
  6. HEARING: Hear normal sounds with background noise from x-ray generators, computers, etc., and to distinguish sounds.
  7. CONCENTRATION: Concentrate on details with moderate amount of interruptions such as patient requests, doctor and staff requests, etc.
  8. ATTENTION SPAN: Attend to task/functions for periods up to 60 minutes in length and periods exceeding 60 minutes in length.
  9. CONCEPTUALIZATION: Understand and relate to specific ideas, concepts, and theories generated and simultaneously discussed.
  10. MEMORY: Remember task/assignments given to self and others over both short and long periods of time; duplicate settings/exposure factors of x-ray machine.
  11. STRESS: Work with patients who may be very young or old, critically ill or injured, or mentally or physically deficient/impaired; work in other departments such as surgery and emergency room, work with a constantly changing group of staff and resident physicians, medical students, etc.
  12. CRITICAL THINKING: Ability sufficient for clinical judgment when working independently to obtain diagnostic images.
  13. COMMUNICATION: Sufficiently for interaction with others in verbal and written form.
  14. SUBSTANCE ABUSE: Not use a Schedule 1 drug; does not use amphetamines, narcotics, or any other habit-forming drug unless prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner.
  15. INTERPERSONAL: Interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds. Must be able to establish rapport with patients, colleagues, faculty, and professional staff.

Environmental Conditions

The charter of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Since OSHA was created in 1971, work-related deaths have decreased by approximately 62% and work-related injuries have decreased by 42%.

As a surgical technology student you will be exposed to a variety of substances within the work environment and hospital sites. You can expect exposure to blood, body tissues, and fluids. There is the potential of exposure to electrical hazards, hazardous waste materials, radiation, poisonous substances, chemicals, loud or unpleasant noises and high stress emergency situations.

Upon acceptance into the Surgical Technology Program students will be notified regarding a mandatory online OSHA Blood-Borne Pathogen and Universal Precautions training session.

Background Check

In order for the Surgical Technology Program to be in compliance with Michigan Public Health Code Section 20173, criminal background checks will be completed on all students applying for admission (or readmission) to the program. Admission to the Surgical Technology Program will be denied for the following:

Any felony conviction within 15 years prior to application

Any misdemeanor within 10 years prior to application that involved or is similar to the following:

  • Abuse, neglect, assault, battery
  • Criminal sexual conduct
  • Fraud or theft against a vulnerable adult (as defined by the Michigan penal code)

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PDF file https://miltcpartnership.org/Documents/LegalGuide.pdf

Once admitted to the program, students subsequently convicted of the crimes listed above will be dismissed from the Surgical Technology Program. It is the student's responsibility to report changes in the status of their criminal background to the Program Director.

Surgical Technology

What's Going On - Surgical Technology

New Surgical Technology Program Partnerships

The Surgical Technology program is seeking to become more cost effective through partnerships with three other community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College, Mid-Michigan Community College, and Jackson Community College. (An Articulation Agreement with JCC was recently signed to allow their students to articulate next year.) This year the program has transfer students from MMCC and GRCC. To accommodate the increased numbers of students, five new clinical sites were established: Pennock (Hastings), Mid-Michigan (Midland), Central Michigan (Mt. Pleasant), Genesis, and Eaton Rapids. The program's ROI is improving due to the fuller sections. In Surgical Technology, the national pass rate for licensure is 72%; however, 2006 LCC graduates experienced a 100% pass rate (20/20 students passed!)

LCC students take top awards!

The Spring Workshop for the State Assembly of Surgical Technologist (MSA-AST) was held on March 25th, 2006 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A new event was on the agenda for this Year's Workshop: A "Scrub Bowl": This was a competition for Surgical Technology Students to participate in answering Certification Type questions posed to individual students, for individual recognition and overall school recognition. From the 17 programs across the State of Michigan, a number of programs had student representation. LCC had 8 of 21 students in attendance, with 6 students participating in the competition. Joe Long was recognized for his contribution to the State Assembly Board, as he received a Certificate of Appreciation for his term completion on the Board. The most exciting part of the day-long event came when Kelly Shaw took first place in the competition and Jeff Sutliff took third place in the competition; both students from the LCC Program. And, the Overall Grand Championship Award in the competition was Presented to Lansing Community College; as Joe Long accepted the award for the school, someone in the audience proclaimed, "What are they putting in the water in Lansing?"; alluding to the fact that we took 1st, 3rd and the Overall Trophy. It was a most exciting day! We should all be proud of the accomplishment of these students and all students that took part in the competition. A little "icing on the cake" occurred when Jon Lueth (another LCC student) won the 50/50 drawing and received $129.00. We were all "riding high" on the trip back home to Lansing!

While the site may not be updated as of yet, you might fine more information on the State Assembly site (check out "workshop"): www.msa-ast.org

Program Award

The LCC Surgical Technology Program recently received an award from the Liaison Council on Certification for the Surgical Technologist in recognition of "100% of program graduates who attempted the National Certification Examination in 2002 achieved the status of CST (Certified Surgical Technologist)."

Watch for more news and happenings in the Surgical Technology Program!

Occupational Program Awards - Deadline for 2014 Scholarship Applications is Friday - January 31, 2014.

The awards are offered for a maximum of three semesters over a period of two consecutive years (Fall, Spring and one Summer Semester.) Renewal each semester is contingent upon the recipient meeting all award requirements. The Awards will cover up to $1,096 in tuition and fees each fall and spring semester and up to $382 for an optional summer semester. These amounts will cover approximately 12 billing hours plus partial fees in Fall and Spring Semesters and 4 billing hours plus partial fees in Summer Semester. An award recipient must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Reside in the LCC district.
  • Be a high school graduate.
  • Pursue an approved LCC Health or Human Services Degree (occupational curriculum).
  • Have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.0.

Click here for application form: http://www.lcc.edu/scholarships/application/

For more information, please contact:

Health and Human Services Division Scholarship Awards Coordinator at
(517) 483-1210.

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Surgical Technology Program
Health and Human Services Bldg, Room 108
Phone: (517) 483-1410
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