Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Offered through Health Sciences

@ Forest Park

This program prepares students for entry-level positions as surgical technologists. Students learn aseptic technique, instrumentation, surgical procedures and patient care through classroom, laboratory practice and at a clinical affiliate. Students learn to anticipate the needs of the surgeon and have the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure, while monitoring the sterile field. Students interested in this program should be able to work well with others in a team environment, have good manual dexterity, be able to stand for long periods of time, and be able to function effectively under intense, stressful conditions.

Required Courses

The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their degree. Preview information for the associate in applied science degree for the suggested semester-by-semester course schedule that will keep you on track for a timely graduation.

Program Coordinator

Emily Albers

Email

ealbers12@stlcc.edu

Phone

314-644-9645

Certification

Upon graduation students will receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology and will be eligible to complete the national board examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Job Outlook

Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook) Individual salaries vary by geographic location, amount of education and experience, and the type and size of the employer. On average, a surgical technologist will start with an annual salary of $33,000-$39,000 ($16.00-$19.00 hourly). For more information about a career in surgical technology please refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

The gainful employment regulation requires nondegree programs at community colleges to meet minimum thresholds with respect to the debt-to-income rates of their graduates. You can view the information for this program here as reported to the Department of Education.

 

The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon recommendation of the ARC-STSA Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (arcstsa.org). The program has been fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) since 1978.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

The student can expect to incur some fees/expenses while enrolled in the Surgical Technology program. These fees are approximate and subject to change. Listed below is the approximate tuition currently based on 63 credit hours:

Fees Per Credit Hour:

In District: $110.50 ($6961.50 - based on 63 credit hours)
Out of District: $157.50 ($9922.50 - based on 63 credit hours)
Out of State: $215.50 ($13576.50 - based on 63 credit hours)

Textbooks: $700.00

Current Healthcare Provider CPR or BLS: $70

Background Check and Drug Screen: $85-$100

Medical Expenses: (physical form, vaccines, TB testing, health insurance) Cost Varies

Scrub Uniform: $35

AST Membership: $45

Travel Expenses to Clinical Sites: (gas/transportation costs) Cost Varies

Approximate Total Cost: Tuition and Miscellaneous fees

In District: $7911.50
Out of District: $10872.50
Out of State: $14526.50

St. Louis Community College provides a comprehensive financial aid program. For more information including a cost calculator, information on STLCC scholarships and FAFSA please visit the financial aid webpage.

Prior to application, we recommend that you meet with an STLCC academic advisor. The advisor can help you plan your courses, clarify program requirements, and review your academic history as it relates to this program. Visit the STLCC academic advising page.

  • All applicants for the Surgical Technology program must first be admitted to St. Louis Community College.
  • Applications for this program are accepted on a continuing basis throughout the year. Visit an academic advisor on the Forest Park campus to apply to the program.
  • Due to the popularity of this program, the number of qualified applicants often exceeds the number of openings. Students are then put on a wait list on a first come/first serve basis.
  • Those applicants admitted to the program enter the program in the fall semester and must attend a mandatory orientation session. The specific date, time and location of the orientation are included in the admissions letter.

Requirements and prerequisites for the surgical technology program must be satisfied prior to applying to the program. For specific requirements refer to the recommended academic plan listed above.

Students enrolled in the associate program will have the entire second year to gain experience at a clinical site passing instruments and assisting the surgeon.

Prior to attending clinical education, students will be required to:

  • Submit proof of current BLS or CPR for Healthcare Professionals
  • Submit a completed heath history and physical examination
  • Submit a negative TB skin test
  • Undergo a background check, and drug screen through a college-approved background screening company prior to the beginning of the fall semester of admission. Students not passing the criminal background check and/or drug screen may be prohibited from participating in clinical education. This will prevent the student from being able to complete all program requirements
  • Meet technical standards related to observation, communication, motor skills, behavioral and social attributes

Students will have the opportunity to attend a clinical site under the supervision of an instructor and staff preceptors, students will perform as members of the operating room team. Below is a list of affiliated clinical sites.

Alton Memorial Hospital
Barnes Hospital
Barnes West Hospital
Belleville Memorial Hospital
SSM Cardinal Glennon Hospital
Children’s Hospital
DePaul Hospital
Des Peres Hospital
Missouri Baptist Hospital

Mercy Hospital
Mercy Hospital – Crystal City
St. Anthony Hospital
St. Clare Hospital
St. Louis University Hospital (SLUH)
St. Luke’s Hospital
St. Joseph Health Center – St. Charles
St. Joseph West Hospital
St. Mary’s Hospital
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Surgical Technologists are in demand in St. Louis and St. Louis Community College graduates are actively recruited by local employers. The statistics below indicate the percentage of graduates who accepted positions as Certified Surgical Technologists or in a related field within one year of graduation.

Class of 2017 - 94% employed
Class of 2016 – 85% employed
Class of 2015 – 100% employed

Below are the pass rates for St. Louis Community College graduates on the National Examination for the Certified Surgical Technologist offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Class of 2018 – 84% pass rate
Class of 2017 – 94% pass rate
Class of 2016 – 90% pass rate
Class of 2015 – 94% pass rate

Emily Albers CST, B.A. - Program Director

314-644-9645 - ealbers12@stlcc.edu

Diane Gerardot CST, M.Ed. - Professor

314-644-9340 - dgerardot@stlcc.edu

Stacey Boedeker CST, M.Ed. - Clinical Coordinator

314-644-9629 - sboedeker@stlcc.edu

Minnie Smith Buckingham CST, CSFA - Adjunct Faculty

Stan Romeo CST - Adjunct Faculty

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