Surgical Technologists are significant participants on the health care team and play a major role in the operating room arena. The Surgical Technology program at Wallace Community College aims to provide classroom, laboratory, and clinical instruction to enable individuals to perform as competent, entry-level Surgical Technologists following graduation. The role of a surgical technologist varies among hospitals and surgery centers, but typically entails preparation of the operating room with sterile instruments, equipment and supplies, maintaining sterility, as well as assisting the surgeon and other team members during procedures in the operating room suite.
Graduates of the program will be prepared to sit for the Association of Surgical Technology Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) credential upon program completion. With initiation of the Fall Semester 2019 surgical technology class, the program will seek accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology/Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).
The Surgical Technology program is designed to be completed in five semesters and students may choose between a certificate and an associate in applied science degree as the credential earned. Throughout the program, students will be required to earn a grade of C or higher in all academic requirements and SUR-prefix courses within the curriculum.