This 1360 hour program which prepares students to function within the sterile environment of the operating room assisting physicians during surgical procedures. The surgical technology field requires physical stamina, manual dexterity, the ability to maintain good working relationships with patience and tact, and the ability to work well in high-stress situations. Intensive study program includes anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, microbiology, pharmacology, principles of aseptic and universal precaution techniques, surgical procedures, patient care and clinical experience in area hospitals and Surgery Centers. Employment opportunities include acute care hospitals, outpatient surgery centers and physician’s offices. Surgical Technologists are currently in demand at hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, doctors’ offices, and registries. As the population grows, the need for surgical procedures will increase dramatically along with the demand for Surgical Technology positions available. Many Surgical Technologists continue their education to become Registered Nurses or to pursue other Medical Career opportunities.The curriculum will provide you with both theoretical and clinical skills. After completion of classroom training, you will be placed in a clinical environment for on-the-job training. This will provide you with the opportunity to enhance your skills and will prepare you to enter into the exciting field of Surgical Technology.
What do Surgical Technologists do?
- Assist in surgical procedures (operations)
- Help prepare the operating room
- Setting up surgical instruments, equipment, sterile drapes and sterile solutions
- Maintain a sterile field
- Assist with patient preparation
- Transport patients to the operating room
- During surgery, technologist pass instruments and other sterile supplies to Surgeons and Surgeon Assistants
- Operate sterilizers, lights, and suction machines
- Help operate diagnostic equipment
Where do Surgical Technologists work?
- Hospitals (Operating Rooms)
- Offices of Physicians
- Offices of Dentists who perform outpatient surgery
- Outpatient Care Centers (Surgery Centers)
- Central Processing Departments
The surgical technologist is a member of the surgical team, generally working in hospital operating rooms, acting as the primary scrub person who handles the sterile instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary for operative procedures. The surgical technologist works with the surgeon, anesthesiologist, certified registered nurse anesthetist, registered nurse, and licensed practical nurse.
The Contra Costa Medical Career College Surgical Technology Program is designed to cover both the academic and clinical skills necessary to perform as a surgical technologist. By the first class meeting, all students must be at least 18 years of age and be graduates of an accredited U.S. high school or have passed the English-language version of the GED®. Associate’s (or higher level) degrees from a U.S. institution are also acceptable. Foreign diplomas or degrees are not accepted, unless they are translated by an accreditited translation organization. Transcripts must be deemed equivalent to US education.
PHYSICAL GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS: Students must be able to:
- STRENGTH: Perform physical activities requiring ability to push/pull objects more than 50 pounds and to transfer objects of more than 100 pounds.
- MANUAL DEXTERITY: Perform motor skills such as standing, walking, writing, handshaking; manipulative skills such as writing, typing; calibration of equipment; and handling instruments.
- COORDINATION: Perform body coordination such as walking, filing, retrieving equipment, eye-hand coordination such as keyboard skills; tasks which require arm-hand steadiness such as taking blood pressures, calibration of tools and equipment, and handling equipment.
- MOBILITY: Perform mobility skills such as walking, standing, and occasionally prolonged standing or sitting (up to twelve hours) in uncomfortable positions.
- VISUAL ABILITY: See objects far away and to discriminate colors and to see objects closely as in reading faces, dials, monitors, and medication labels.
- HEARING: Hear normal sounds with background noise and distinguish sounds.
- CONCENTRATION: Concentrate on details with moderate amount of interruptions.
- ATTENTION SPAN: Attend to task/functions for periods up to 60 minutes in length and exceeding 60 minutes in length.
- CONCEPTUALIZATION: Understand and relate to specific ideas, concepts, and theories generated and simultaneously discussed.
- MEMORY: Remember task/assignments given to self and others over both short and long periods of time.
- CRITICAL THINKING: Possess critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment. Apply theoretical concepts to clinical settings.
- INTERPERSONAL: Use interpersonal skills sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
- COMMUNICATION: Communicate effectively for interaction with others in verbal, non-verbal and written form. Explain treatment procedures and initiate health teaching.
- SUBSTANCE ABUSE: Evidence of no current alcohol or drug abuse, or felony convictions related to alcohol or drug abuse.
- SEQUENCING: Remember and execute tasks and skills in a predetermined arrangement of succession, building upon consecutive steps.
The surgical technologist may be exposed to a variety of substances within the work environment. You can expect to be exposed to blood, body tissues or fluids, electrical hazards, hazardous waste materials, radiation, chemicals, and loud or unpleasant noises.
My experience completing the Surgical Tech Class at CCMCC has been one of challenges, accomplishments and the creation of a foundation of knowledge and skills needed to begin a career as a Surgical Technician. While attending CCMCC, I was provided a quality education by certified instructors in their field. The coursework was comprehensive and presented in a manner that an individual who is new into the medical field can establish a base of information and experiences to draw from that will lead to a successful career. CCMCC also follows up their educational platform with accessible career building resources such as resume and interview preparation, externship placement at recognized facilities and current job opportunities within the community.
I am confident that I have received a quality education in the field of Surgical Technology at CCMCC. The instructors of my class demonstrate a balance of teaching the text material with a clear understanding, while at the same time, offering insight from relevant job experience to reinforce the concepts. I have been impressed with their ability to completely answer questions about the subject matter, surgical setting and various aspects of health care. They are respected, accomplished professionals in their field and I am fortunate to have learned from them.
The coursework for Surgical Technology consisted of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and the practices and principles of surgical technology. Other subjects covered included surgical instrumentation, sutures and surgical hemostasis. This material was all clearly laid out in a syllabus that was detailed and accurate. The instructional classroom was accompanied by hands-on interactive learning in the operating room laboratory. This was a crucial part of the learning process. The lab enabled me to put all of the above mentioned text information into an actual operating room setting and apply my knowledge. Complete with instruments, anatomy replications and supplies used in actual surgery, the OR lab provided me the opportunity to practice the skills needed to perform as a Surgical Tech.
I have experienced continued support from CCMCC throughout my educational experience with the school. The instructors and administration have demonstrated a desire for their students gain exposure to their field of study through many avenues of learning. My class was able to study the cardiovascular system in depth by performing actual anatomy dissections of pig hearts. A field trip to the county Coroners’ office was arranged during class time for an autopsy viewing. The autopsy coincided with our study of anatomy and was accompanied by an instructor and administrator which provided an opportunity for learning through question and answer sessions. We experienced in-service sessions from actual instrument and implant reps, along with open discussion visits by Surgeons. Toward the end of our didactic program, CCMCC made arrangements for my class to tour several local surgery facilities. It was made possible for us to observe our instructor working in the operating room at a facility on a one to one basis – this was a great privilege for a student.
CCMCC has been the first step in my personal journey toward a career in healthcare. However, I know that the school will continue to be a building block in my future. The instructors who are very passionate about their work are equally passionate about the success of their students. I have witnessed them follow up with prior students, offer references and resources toward career success and maintain a supporting connection with students during their clinical externship portion of the Surgical Tech program. From the beginning, they have let me know the expectations CCMCC has of me as a student and throughout the course, has not disappointed my expectations as a learning institution.