Surgical Technologist Program

Mission:

To provide eligible Suffolk County residents with the opportunity to attend a 12-month, full-time educational program in Surgical Technology leading to a career as a surgical technologist.

Program Goal Defining Minimum Expectations:

To prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Correlate the knowledge of anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology to their role as a surgical technologist.
  • Demonstrate a safe and professional level of practice and knowledge in their role as surgical technologists.
  • Acquire an understanding of the ethical, legal, moral and medical values related to the patient and the surgical team during the perioperative experience.
  • Perform proficiently and competently as an entry level surgical technologist in the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning domains.
  • Value the professional attributes of a surgical technologist.

Outcomes Assessment for Surgical Technologist:

Retention

Cohort Period Enrolled Completed Retention Rate
1 May 2019 – April 2020 12 11 91%

NBSTSA-Secure Practice Examination

Cohort Number of Students Eligible to Take Exam Number of Students Sitting for Exam Participation Rate
1 11 11 100%

Surgical Technologist: Nature of the Position

A Surgical Technologist must be able to:

  • Stand, Bend, stoop, and/or sit for long periods of time in one location with minimal or no breaks
  • Refrain from nourishment or restroom breaks for long periods of time
  • Demonstrate sufficient visual and tactile ability to load fine suture onto needles and needle holders while wearing safety glasses
  • Hear and understand muffled communication without visualization of the communicators mouth/lips
  • Manipulate instruments, supplies and equipment with speed, dexterity and good hand-eye coordination
  • Assist and/or move, lift, position, and manipulate patients
  • Perform tasks such as mentally tracking surgical supplies and performing anticipation skills intraoperatively
  • Make appropriate judgements and decisions
  • Demonstrate the use of positive coping skills under stress
  • Demonstrate calm and effective responses, especially in emergency situations
  • Exhibit positive interpersonal skills in patient, staff and faculty interactions
  • Maintain concentration for long periods during sometimes stressful situations

Admission Criteria:

The Surgical Technologist Program is open to 10 applicants in a cohort who meet the program criteria and income eligibility. Interested applicants must meet the income eligibility requirements* as specified by the grant program, as well as the application criteria, which includes a high school or high school equivalency transcript (TASC), one year of high school algebra, a 70 or higher on the TEAS exam, two essays and an interview.

*Income Eligibility Requirements

Household size Annual
Single person $23,606
Couple $31,894
Family of three $40,182
For each additional child, add: +$8,288

Source: 2020-2021 Perkins Grant Guidelines

Program Contact:

Please contact Christopher Ahearn by email at ahearnc@sunysuffolk.edu or call 631-451-4559 for application information.

Graduation Requirements:

The graduation requirements for the program include the completion 1,304 hours of instruction, lab and clinical experiences including documented and successful completion of a minimum of 120 scrubs at an offsite hospital or surgical center and a 65 average or above.

Program Outline:

The program includes five main content areas:

Content Area Hours
1. Healthcare Sciences 204
2. Technological Sciences 12
3. Patient Care Concepts 6
4. Surgical Technology Classroom, Lab, Clinical 1,057*
5. Professional Practice 25

*The program will require 120 clinical scrub-ins at an off-site hospital and/or surgical center. Participants will be required to provide their own transportation to and from the clinical site.

Support for the development/production of this material was provided in part by a grant under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 administered by the New York State Education Department.