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SURGICAL SERVICES - SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST OPTION, A.S.

 

Surgical Services PatchDo you like Anatomy?

Do you like to watch surgery on TV?

surgery  Would you like to work in a unique environment?

  • As a member of the operating room team.
  • In a challenging fast paced environment that can change human lives. An emergency can occur anytime and no two human beings are alike so… it is never boring.
  • Every day is spent exploring the human body, becoming familiar with surgical techniques, procedures and treatments.
  • There is always something new every day. Technology and innovative changes are ongoing.

The Surgical Technologist works directly with the surgeon during surgery to complete the surgical procedure. Before an operation, you would set up the instruments and equipment. Ensure that both sterile and nonsterile equipment is assembled and adjusted to make sure it works properly.  During the surgical procedure, you must know the surgical procedure, observe the conditions of the anatomy,  pass instruments to the surgeon, anticipate the needs of the surgeon, and react quickly to emergencies by providing the appropriate supplies or equipment.

Surgical technologists can perform the scrub role;  assistant circulator (identify, position, and prepare the patient for surgery), or second scrub role (maintain retraction, cut suture,  manipulate the camera for minimal invasive surgery, or hold clamps applied by the surgeon). With further training the surgical technologist can become  a first assistant.

 The professional association is the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST). Just prior to graduation, you will take the nationally recognized and accredited National Board of Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants (NBSTSA) surgical technology exam to become a board Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

As you mature, you can opt to specialize in a particular field such as General Surgery, Trauma, Open Heart, Orthopedics, Gynecology/Obstetrics, Transplant, Robotic and/or Neuro Surgery.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median 2015 income was $44,330 and job growth in the field is expected to be much faster than average.

 
 

Who is eligible for the SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST A.S. DEGREE program?

If you are a high school graduate, you can apply to this program.

If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.

Where do you work?

  • Hospitals or ambulatory care centers
  • For a physician group in a clinic setting
  • Opportunities abound, are you interested in traveling? You can apply for traveling assignments throughout the United States including Alaska and Hawaii.

What can I do with this Major?

  • Go on to earn an associate degree in surgical services and then a bachelor degree in healthcare or business management.
  • Become a team leader in a specialty service such as orthopedics.
  • Move into management of a central sterile supply or inventory department.
  • Return to school to move into other related branches of medicine such as a surgical assistant, physician’s assistant, registered nurse or physician.

WHY CHOOSE GULF COAST STATE COLLEGE TO EARN YOUR SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST A.S. DEGREE?

  • If you haven’t already been to Gulf Coast’s Panama City campus, you should know that we’re located right on the Gulf Coast shoreline, with many great views of the water. Schedule a personal tour to learn more about the campus.
  • Gulf Coast State College’s health sciences programs also have clinical site agreements with many hospitals and outpatient centers in the area, including Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center and Bay Medical Sacred Heart in Panama City.
  • Our faculty care deeply about your career success and will help you through the rough spots along the way. They are your advocates, and after graduation, your professional colleagues.
  • Your national certification for surgical technology (CST) is recognized in all states.
  • For the student who is already a certified surgical technologist (CST or ST-C) or has documented military training as a surgical technologist, up to 45 credits can be awarded.  A personal plan to attain your associates degree can be requested based on your transcripts and documentation.  Note: To graduate from GCSC, 25% of the programs 64 credits must be taken at GCSC (16 credits for the AS in surgical services degree).
  • Our program meets the requirements of the national accreditation agency:

    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

    The education program of Surgical Technology is accredited.

    CAAHEP is located at 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756.

    Contact via email: mail@caahep.org
    Website: www.caahep.org
    Phone: (727) 210-2350
    Fax: (727) 210-2354

 

HOW DO I APPLY TO THE Surgical Technologist A.S. DEGREE PROGRAM?

To apply to the program, you’ll need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process. Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog to find out more about the program.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR MY CLASSES?

Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS?

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about  scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

Program Requirements

Communications Area  CH
 •+*ENC1101, English I 3
Humanities Area
See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area
See General Education Requirement 3
Natural Sciences Area
Biological Science See General Education Requirement 3
Social Sciences Area
 Behavioral Sciences PSY2012 or SYG2000, Psychology/Sociology 3
CORE PREREQUISITE COURSES
Requirements for the Surgical Core Track Options Common Prerequisites Required:
 *HSC1531, Medical Terminology 2
 +#*HSC1000, Orientation to Perioperative Services 3
 +#*HSC1000L, Orientation to Perioperative Services Lab 1
 #*HSC2520, Microbiology for Perioperative Services 3
 #*STS1300C, Surgical Anatomy and Physiology 6
Core Option, Surgical Technologist  (34 crs.) (SURC-CCC)
 +#*STS1310, Surgical Tech & Procedures 6
 +#*STS1310L, Surgical Tech & Proc. Lab/Clinical 2
 +#*STS1340C, Pharmacology and Anesthesia 3
 +#*STS1940C, Introduction to Surgery Clinical 2
 +#*STS2323, Surgical Procedures I 4
 +#*STS2323L, Surgical Simulation Lab I 1
 +#*STS2324, Surgical Procedures II 4
 +#*STS2324L, Surgical Simulation Lab II 1
 #*STS2361, The Art of Teamwork in Surgery 1
 #*STS2365, Professional Skills for the OR Team 1
 +#*STS2944C, Surgical Clinical I 3
 +#*STS2945C, Surgical Clinical II 3
 #*STS2953, Surgical Technologist Portfolio I 1
 #*STS2954, Surgical Technologist Portfolio II 1
 +#*STS2936, Surgical Certification Symposium 1
TOTAL DEGREE HOURS 64

Elective Options

  • ACG2001 or Higher
  • # ASL1400 or Higher
  • + BSC1005 or Higher
  • + Humanities I, II or III Any Gen Ed Approved
  • BUL2241 or Higher
  • # CGS1000 or Higher
  • CHM1032 or Higher
  • CLP1001 Human Relations
  • DEP2004 or Higher Developmental Psychology
  • ECO2013 or Higher
  • EDF 1005 or Higher
  • +* ENC1101 or Higher
  • ENT2000 or Higher
  • EVR1001 or Higher
  • #* EVT2060 or Higher Education: Vocational/Technical
  • FRE1000 or Higher
  • SPN 1000 or Higher
  • GEB1011 or Higher
  • # HIM1000 or Higher
  • HLP1081, Wellness
  • +# HSA2182 or Higher
  • +#* HSC1000 or Higher
  • HUN1201, Nutrition
  • LIS2004, Introduction to Internet Research
  • + MAC1105 or Higher Mathematics
  • + MAN2021 or Higher
  • MAR2011 or Higher
  • + MCB2004 or Higher
  • + MGF1106 or Higher
  • # MKA2511 or Higher
  • # MNA1100, Human Relations in Management
  • +* PHI2002 or Higher
  • PHY1020 or Higher
  • POS2041 or Higher
  • PSY2012 or Higher
  • # QMB1001
  • + SBM2000
  • + SLS1201 or Higher
  • SPC1420 or Higher
  • + STA2023 or Higher
  • * STS1300C or Higher
  • SYG2000 or Higher
  • + TRA2010 or Higher

• General Education Core.

+ Prerequisites  and/or corequisites required.  See course descriptions.

# Applies only to A.S. degree and certificate programs.

= PSAV course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

 
 

Contact the ADVISor

lmProfessor Libby McNaron
Coordinator, Surgical Technology
850-773-8350 or 850-769-1551, extension 3551
Health Sciences Building, Third Floor, HS326

lmcnaron@gulfcoast.edu

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