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Surgical Technology

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AAS DEGREE
Surgical Technology (60-65 credit hours)

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Pre-Admission Conference

Program Advisors

Tammy Watters, Program Coordinator
(606) 451-6792
tammy.watters@kctcs.edu

Rebecca Jones, Clinical Coordinator
(606) 451-6814
becky.jones@kctcs.edu

Location

Program is offered at the Somerset Campus.

Program Details

surgical tech photoSurgical 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.

Pre-Admission Conference

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.

Downloads

Application
Verification Form
Point System

Accreditation

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

SCC Accreditation
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.

Coordinator’s Notes

  • Surgical Technology is a selective admissions program with limited enrollment.
  • Program admits one time per year in August. 
  • Clinical Component: Community Agencies providing clinical services include: Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, Lake Cumberland Ambulatory Surgery Center, Med Park West Surgery Center, Russell County Hospital, St. Joseph of London, and Westlake Regional Hospital.

Additional Criteria:

Students must undergo a drug/background check and submit the following documentation prior to clinicals:

  • Liability insurance
  • Current CPR certification  
  • Eye exam
  • Physical exam
  • Immunization records: MMR or titer, Tdap/Tetanus or titer, Varicella or titer, Hepatitis B or titer, TB skin test, Influenza

Admissions Process

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.