Surgical Technologists are allied health professionals, who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. Surgical Technologists work under the supervision and delegatory authority of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive and non-invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical Technologists are experts in the theory and application of the principles of asepsis and sterile technique to combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation and tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
Surgical Technology education programs are accredited by the ARC/STSA - a collaborative effort of AST and the ACS, under the auspices of CAAHEP. Accredited programs provide both didactic education and supervised clinical experience based on a Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology. Certification is conferred by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Initial certification as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST?) is based upon satisfactory performance on the national certifying examination following completion of a CAAHEP accredited program in surgical technology. The Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc., has declared the associate degree in surgical technology to be the preferred educational model for entry-level practice.
This fully accredited program combines lectures, laboratory activities, simulation, and operating room experience that lead to an Applied Associate in Science degree. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the national certification examination, which is required in Massachusetts for employment as a surgical technologist. Certification is conferred by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 100, Littleton, Colorado 80120, (800) 707-0057
This program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (www.arcstsa.org). Information on accredited Surgical Technology programs may be obtained from the ARC/STSA at 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 210, Littleton, Colorado 80120, telephone 303-694-9262.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
For more information email us at: SurgTech@northshore.edu or call 978-762-4160