2020-2021 General Catalog 
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2020-2021 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surgical Technology Certificate -Major Code 8031C, CIP Code 240102

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Offered at the SPC Reese Center

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. The Surgical Technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room or surgical environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

The Surgical Technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique, and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation of tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive, therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. This program is fully accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Council of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

To contact the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, address correspondence to 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756. Telephone: 727-210-2350. Fax: 727-210-2354. Email: mail@caahep.org if you have general questions about CAAHEP.

Students who complete the Certificate of Proficiency option are eligible for review by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for the Surgical Technologist to take the National Certification Exam. Successful completion of the following curriculum, which includes a Capstone Experience in the final semester of the program, qualifies the student to receive the Certificate of Proficiency.

Program Admission Requirements

Persons interested in the Surgical Technology program should do the following:

  1. Complete the requirements for admission to South Plains College.  Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Surgical Technology Program.
  2. Complete the program specific application and submit to the program director during the application period.
  3. Submit entrance exam scores prior to the application deadline.  The Health Occupations Aptitude Exam is available at the South Plains College Testing and Learning Center.
  4. Contact the program director as soon as possible for advising and detailed information regarding the admissions process.
  5. All applicants with criminal background histories must contact either University Medical Center or Covenant Medical Center Human Resources departments to ensure that they may attend clinical rotations and be considered for employment at their facilities.

Program Director is Kristie Cole, Instructor in Surgical Technology, 806-716-4643.

NOTE:  Applicants to the Surgical Technology Program must be TSI compliant in all areas for both the Certificate program and the Associate Degree plan.  If applicants are exempt from the TSI, exam does not need to be taken for this program.

Certificate of Proficiency

First Semester

Total Semester Hours: 7

Second Semester

Total Semester Hours: 17

Third Semester

Total Semester Hours: 10

Fourth Semester

Total Semester Hours: 8


*10 week summer course-student is exempt if they have completed BIOL 2401 AND BIOL 2402 with a 75 or better.
**For the Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree the student may take BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 or VNSG 1420.

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