Surgical Technologist

Surgical Technologist

Technical Diploma

For the average patient the prospect of surgery can be stressful. Trained surgical technologists make the patient experience more positive while providing pre- and post-operative care. The surgical technologist is also an important member of the surgical team.

A Closer Look

Surgical technologists work in harmony with nurses and doctors to make life-saving modern surgery possible. They play a key role in preparing the operating room, instruments, equipment, and patients for surgery. During surgery they pass instruments and other sterile supplies and help count sponges, needles, and instruments. Surgical technologists also assist with lab specimens and, after an operation, may help transfer patients to the post-anesthesia care unit.

Though surgical technologists never perform surgical procedures, they play an integral role in the success of surgical procedures. Surgeons rely on their ability to anticipate and problem solve under pressure.


What You'll Learn

The Surgical Technologist program at Mid-State prepares graduates to work as part of the surgical team in operating rooms, providing instruments and supplies to the surgeon. You’ll also learn skills and techniques used in central service with instrument processing.

Instruction encompasses both classroom and lab instruction. At five weeks into the program you will gain hands-on clinical experience, including in surgery, ambulatory centers, central service, and other related areas. After successful completion of the program and certification exam, you will be a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).


Careers

  • Anesthesia Technologist
  • Endoscopy Assistant
  • Labor and Delivery Technician
  • Materials Management
  • Medical Sales
  • Office Manager
  • Organ and Tissue Procurement
  • Private employment by a surgeon
  • Research and Product Developer Assistant
  • Surgery Scheduler
  • Surgical Assistant
  • Surgical Technology Instructor
  • Traveling Surgical Technologist
  • Veterinary Assistant

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Surgical Technologist program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!

KELLY ALTMANN

Kelly is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Viterbo College and over 25 years of teaching experience at Mid-State. She is also a certified nurse operating room (CNOR) and has worked in both the circulating and scrub roles. Kelly serves on the board of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses chapter.

“I love seeing the transition of our future healthcare workers as they grow in knowledge and skills in the operating room and gain leadership skills to become confident individuals.”

MEGAN KUNDINGER

Megan has been an instructor for thirteen years. She holds a master’s degree in bacterial genetics and pathogenicity from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining Mid-State, Megan worked and published with research labs at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.

“Teaching allows me to share my love of science with my students every day. I love seeing their faces when they realize they can accomplish their goals.”


Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more.

Accreditation Information

The Surgical Technologist program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), under the auspices of Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Graduates of the Surgical Technologist program highly recommend the Central Service Technician program prior to core course enrollment.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 • 727.210.2350 • www.caahep.org

Accreditation Outcomes


Courses

Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10501101 Medical Terminology 3.00
10806177 General Anatomy & Physiology 4.00
(7 Credits)
Term: 2
10501123 Student Success in Allied Health 1.00
31512327 ST: Introduction to Surgical Technology 4.00
31512328 ST: Fundamentals 1 4.00
31512329 ST: Fundamentals 2 2.00
31512330 ST: Clinical 1 3.00
31806311 Applied Microbiology 2.00
-or-
10806197 Microbiology 4.00
(16-18 Credits)
Term: 3
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
-or-
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
-or-
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
31512331 ST: Surgical Procedures 4.00
31512332 ST: Clinical 2 4.00
31512334 ST: Clinical 3 4.00
(15 Credits)
Total Credits: 38-40