Tammy Watters, Program Coordinator
Rebecca Jones, Clinical Coordinator
Program is offered at the Somerset Campus.
Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings such as medical offices, out-patient clinics, and the operating room.
The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.
A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic techniques and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
This program provides clinical experience built upon classroom instruction in the basic sciences, patient care, aseptic techniques and surgical procedures. CPR (for Healthcare Professionals) requirements must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in the first surgical technology course and must be kept current throughout the program.
Students who have completed program requirements must sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist examination (CST) offered by the National Board on Certification for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 100; Littleton, CO 80120; Phone: (800) 707-0057; www.nbstsa.org.
You can now participate in the online pre-admission conference.
After viewing the online pre-admission conference, a student may then print the application and verification form and hand in the completed documents to Tammy Watters, Program Coordinator.
If a student applied to the program or attended a pre-admission conference in the past, the student must still view the online pre-admission conference each semester and submit a new application and other necessary information to be considered for acceptance.
The Surgical Technology program at Somerset Community College is accredited through the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA) (6 W. Dry Creek Cir., Suite 110, Littleton, CO 80120; www.arcst.org 303-694-9262, and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) (1361 Park Street,Clearwater, FL 33756;727-210-2350.; www.caahep.org
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Professional Organization: www.ast.org
Note: Credential requirements for this program are subject to change. Students should verify course requirements with their advisor.
Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Examination Pass Rate
Number of Examinees
Number Passing on 1st Attempt
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Percent Pass Rate
Students must undergo a drug/background check and submit the following documentation prior to clinicals:
A pre-admissions conference is required prior to applicant’s consideration by the Surgical Technology Admissions Committee.
Follow this link to Pre-Admission Conference Information.
Download Program Overview (pdf)
To learn how to apply, see the Admissions Checklist.