What is Surgical Technology?
Surgical Technologists function under the supervision of a surgeon as a vital member of the health care team responsible for ensuring that operating room equipment is functioning properly and operative procedures are conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Additionally, the Surgical Technologist supervises the placement, care, and utilization of all instruments and assists with invasive, therapeutic, and diagnostic procedure.
• 67 credits
• Clinical experience
Surgical Tech Program Curriculum
The Associate Degree in Surgical Technology offers students the opportunity to combine the knowledge of human anatomy and physiology with expertise in the theory and application of aseptic techniques, instrumentation, and surgical procedures.
Orientation to Perioperative Services
This course provides an introduction to the perioperative skills required to function as a beginning Surgical Technologist in various health care environments. The course will focus on establishing, maintaining, and coordinating the methods required for quality patient care in the operating room according to established professional standards. Students will apply aseptic technique, surgical principles, and surgical conscience in the performance of the required skills.
The Surgical Technology Admissions Committee holistically reviews each applicant’s admission materials and selects the most highly qualified candidates for a limited number of seats. The admission requirements are as follows:
- Submission of High School Diploma/GED
- Submission of College transcripts for candidates that have previously earned college credits
- Minimum GPA and overall cumulative academic performance of C+ (75) or higher
- Placement into college level Math with a score of 250 or higher on the Accuplacer exam or equivalent
- Placement into college level English
- Interview with the Surgical Technology Program Director
- Submission of Personal Statement
Future Career in Surgical Technology
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that between 2020 and 2030, employment opportunities for surgical technologists will grow at a faster-than-average rate of nine percent. This increased demand is expected to create 9,500 new surgical tech positions over a ten-year timeframe.
Positions in the New York tri-state area include:
- Operating Room Technician
- Obstetrical Scrub Technician
- Organ Recovery Specialist
- Surgical Tech – Ambulatory Surgery OR
- Surgical Tech – Plastic Surgery
Clubs and honor societies offer a wealth of networking opportunities, and often give you information and experiences you don’t get in a classroom. At Monroe, there are several to choose from:
- Alpha Eta - The national honor society for the allied health professions
- American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) - A professional organization
- Allied Health Club of Monroe College - Conduct health fairs, attend presentations, participate in community service