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The Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) is an integral member of the surgical team, working closely with surgeons, anaesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during, and after surgery.

Program

Surgical Technology Program

surgical tech The Surgical Technology Program is a 9-month certificate program, once accepted, that offers college credit, beginning in the fall of each year. The program is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Upon completion, students may earn a professional credential by passing a nationally administered certifying examination by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Those who pass the exam become certified and are granted the designation of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Clinical Case Requirement for Successful Completion of the Program:
  • General Surgery:  Minimum of 20 Solos/Minimum of 10 First Scrub Role
  • Other Surgical Specialties:  Minimum of 90 Solos
Specialties include:  Ortho, GU, ENT, Ophthalmology, GYN, Neuro, Vascular, Cardiothoracic, Plastics, Oral/Maxillofacial

Solo:  The student in the first scrub role performs more than 90% of the case with proficiency at their level of education and expertise (includes pre, intra, and post op duties).
First Scrub Role:  The student in the first scrub role performs less than 90% of the case independently (includes pre, intra, and post of duties).

Student Work Policy
All student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing clinical rotations, will be educational in nature.  Students will not be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution, in the capacity of a surgical technologist.
ARC / STSA
6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO  80120
Phone:  (303) 741-3655
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NBSTSA
6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite #100
Littleton, CO  80120
Phone: (800) 707-0057 (toll-free)
Fax: (303) 325-2536
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Admission Requirements

Program Admission Requirements

All admission requirements including the science prerequisite classes must be completed by June 1.  Remaining prerequisite classes must be completed by the Summer I semester.  

  1. Attend a Howard College Health Professions Orientation. A schedule may be obtained by contacting the HCSA Health Professions Division at (325) 481-8371, ext. 3435.  Orientations will also be posted on the HCSA homepage.
  2. Passing test scores from an approved college assessment exam are required to gain entrance into academic courses.  If needed, HC administers the TSI exam.  The Testing Schedule is posted on the campus website or may be obtained by contacting the Testing Center on each campus.
  3. Complete the required prerequisite courses with a final grade of "C" or above. 
  4. Take the Manual Dexterity Test.  An appointment must be made with the Testing Center at 325-481-8300, ext. 3405. 
  5. Provide proof of required immunizations. PDF Link
  6. Successful completion of a criminal background check. 
  7. Submit Health Professions Application PDF Link for the desired program to the HCSA Health Professions Division along with an official transcript indicating high school graduation or proof of GED and an official transcript from each college/university attended including Howard College.

Program Prerequisites

Surgical Technology Prerequisites

Prior to actual admission to the Surgical Technology Program, applicant must successfully complete the required support courses with a final grade of "C" or above. Science prerequisite courses must be completed by the application deadline June 1.  Remaining prerequisite classes must be completed by the end of the Summer I semester.

  • BIOL 2101 / 2301 - Anatomy & Physiology I  (Lecture & Lab)
  • BIOL 2102 / 2302 - Anatomy & Physiology II  (Lecture & Lab)
  • BIOL 2120 / 2320 - Microbiology  (Lecture & Lab)
  • HPRS 1206 - Essentials of Medical Terminology  (complete by Summer I)

For a complete course curriculum, please consult the Academic Catalog (Degree Plan).

Contact Us

Contact the Department

For more information on the Surgical Technology program, please contact the Program Director.

Program Director

Carah Dunagan
Program Chair - Surgical Technology
St. John's - Office HC-1023
(325) 481-8371 ext. 3432
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Department Contact

Debbie Sartain
Assistant to Health Professions Division
(325) 481-8371 ext. 3435
(325) 481-8373  Fax
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Hours Office Hours:  Monday to Thursday  8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Closed Weekends
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