Surgical Technologist

Surgical Technologists are educated professionals who have graduated from an Accredited Surgical Technology program. By following the cognitive model of a positive care approach, Surgical Technologists are dedicated to life long learning. Surgical Technologists may be Certified or Registered with the state of Illinois. The Surgical Technologist is responsible for planning and facilitating the surgical environment of assigned cases providing professional intra-operative expertise to a wide variety of surgical diagnoses. In doing so, demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care that is appropriate to the ages of the patient served (age newborn through adult). Each student receives a variety of clinical experiences in all the surgical specialties at two to three Bloomington/Peoria hospitals. Procedures may include and are not limited to: Pediatrics, Thoracic, Kidney Transplant, Pancreas Transplant, Multiple Organ Procurement, Vascular, Interventional Radiology, Orthopaedics, Labor and Delivery, Neuro, EENT, Urology, advanced laparoscopy, Bariatrics, General, Gyne, Plastics, Dental, Oncology, Robotics, Laser, Endoscopy…

Qualified instructors and/or preceptors are with students at each clinical location.

Courses include study of basic patient care practices, aseptic technique, surgical anatomy, surgical procedures, working as a team, communication skills, ethical/legal aspects of safe patient care, and surgical supplies and instruments. Today’s Surgical Technologist also must know how to assemble and trouble shoot high tech equipment and instrumentation. ICC’s program is a fast paced demanding curriculum requiring higher order thinking processes. There is a requirement that all missed clinical and lab times are made-up. For the current 8 and 10 credit hour courses, students are scheduled in lab or class 22-24 hours per week. Students are advised to work less than 20 hours per week and to complete the anatomy and physiology and medical terminology requirement prior to beginning the SURTK sequence.

If you are interested in the field of Surgical Technology it is recommended that you sign up for SURTK 100 for a one day preview of the program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Surgical Technologist Program are prepared to seek employment in a variety of health care settings. Career Opportunities include and are not limited to:

  • Major Operating Room Surgical Suites
  • Outpatient Surgical Facilities
  • Obstetrical Departments
  • Oral Surgery Centers
  • Plastic Surgeon Surgical Suites
  • Private Scrub for a Surgeon
  • First Assist
  • Diener (help pathologist during autopsy)
  • Harvesting Team for the Red Cross

Local Salaries

Locally, starting wages begin around 15.00/per. Salaries will vary between facilities.

Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 61

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I ** 3
COMM 110 COMMUNICATION: PROCESS AND PRACTICE ** 3
PSY 110 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ** 3
BIOL 140
or
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY *
or
4
BIOL 205
and
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I 
and
4
BIOL 206 PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II  4
BIOL 210 MICROBIOLOGY ** 4
HUMANITIES * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
HEOCC 114 INTRODUCTION TO INTERDISCIPLINARY HEALTH CARE ** 1
HLTH 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF STERILE PROCESSING ** 2
HLTH 121 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY ** 2
SOC 110 AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY ** 3
SURTK 120 INTRODUCTION TO SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY  4
SURTK 121 FUNDAMENTALS OF SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY I  7
SURTK 122 FUNDAMENTALS OF SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY II  6
SURTK 130 PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST  1
SURTK 210 FUNDAMENTALS OF SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY III  8
SURTK 211 ADVANCED FUNDAMENTALS OF SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY  7

* See specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.
** Underlined courses may be taken prior to admission into the program.

Students enrolled in this program must meet with their assigned advisor to plan a specific course schedule meeting Illinois Central College and personal requirements.

Suggested supplemental courses: HEOCC 200, 230; ICC 104, 111; PSY 115, 116, 117

Students are advised to complete all BIOL prior to first SURTK course.

Recommended High School Subjects:  (1) four years of English/communication (2) two years of mathematics (3) three years of biological science.

If you are a surgical technologist and have graduated from an ARC-ST accredited surgical technology program, you may enroll in this program to complete the Associate in Applied Science degree.  Transcripts must be evaluated and SURTK 250 may be substituted for SURTK 211.  If SURTK 250 is substituted for SURTK 211, a minimum of (61) credit hours must be completed to graduate from the AAS program.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1BIOL 140 or BIOL 205; ENGL 110; HLTH 110; HLTH 121; SURTK 120
Spring Semester 1BIOL 206 (if 205 is taken); COMM 110; HEOCC 114; SURTK 121; SURTK 130
Summer SemesterSURTK 122; BIOL 210
Fall Semester 2SOC 110; SURTK 210
Spring Semester 2PSY 110; SURTK 211; Humanities

Program Contact Information

Health Careers Department

Peoria Campus, Cedar 105


(309) 690-7530

Illinois Career Cluster

Health Science

Career Pathway:
Therapeutic Services

Accreditation

Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation and Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP)

CAAHEP
35 E Waker Dr., Suite 1970
Chicago, IL 606610-2205
(312) 553-9355
[email protected]

Certification Examination

ICC graduates are eligible to write the certification examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). There are employment opportunities in surgical suites during the program. After graduation Surgical Techs can work full time, rotate shifts, take call with some opportunity for part time or reduced schedules.

Essential Skills and Abilities

  1. Perform a full-range of body motion including handling and lifting patients, manual and finger dexterity, eye-hand coordination, and distinguish left from right
  2. Bend, reach, pull, push, stand, stoop, walk during shift, and agility to handle body mass
  3. Lift and carry up to sixty (60) pounds
  4. Demonstrate visual acuity (with correction if needed) within normal range including peripheral vision and reading of fine print
  5. Demonstrate auditory acuity (with correction if needed) that includes hearing muffled voices (through the mask) with extraneous background noise
  6. Withstand unusual smells ─ cauterized tissue
  7. Wear full surgical attire including personal protective equipment
  8. Adapt effectively, displaying flexibility in environments with high tension to ensure patient safety
  9. Concentrate and pay attention to detail. Ability to learn quickly without repetition of instructions
  10. Perform fine motor skills with both right and left hands. [Dexterity and application in working with microscopic pieces of equipment and sutures (finer than a human hair), hold  retractors, etc.]
  11. Adapt to irregular working hours as well as ability to stay over shift as necessary and stand unassisted for eight continuous hours maintaining alertness
  12. Respond quickly and in an emotionally controlled manner in emergency situations
  13. Communicate in a rational and coherent manner both orally and in writing with individuals of all professions and social levels
  14. Recognize that work environment will include exposure to diseases and toxic substances (sterilants, x-ray, fumes, development of latex allergy, and so forth)
  15. Show evidence of skin integrity, without open weeping lesions of the skin
  16. Be able to problem solve using conceptual, integrative, and quantitative reasoning skills
  17. The ability to develop and improve skills in organization of work and in learning to use economy of time and motion MS-Essential Skills & Abilities.doc/10
  18. The ability to use English language to communicate with individuals of all professions and social levels
  19. No latex allergies

If you have concerns that you don’t meet these skills, please make an appointment with the Program Supervisor or School Nurse

  1. Under direct supervision of the surgeon, first scrubs or first assists with operative procedures.
  2. Assists with circulating duties under the supervision of a registered nurse.
  3. Accountable for items necessary to follow through with all assigned operative procedures.
  4. Presents a professional physical appearance.

Courses include study of basic patient care practices, sterile technique, surgical anatomy, surgical procedures, working as a team, communication skills, ethical/legal aspects of safe patient care, and surgical supplies and instruments. Today’s Surgical Technologist also must know how to assemble and trouble shoot high tech equipment and instrumentation. ICC’s program is a fast paced demanding curriculum requiring higher order thinking processes. There is a requirement that all missed clinical and lab time is made-up. For the current 8 and 10 credit hour courses, students are scheduled in lab or class 22-24 hours per week. Students are advised to work less than 20 hours per week and to complete the anatomy and physiology and medical terminology requirement prior to beginning the SURTK sequence.

Surgical Technology Program Outcomes Assessment Exam (OAE) Pass Rate

Each year the eligible candidates enrolled in the Surgical Technology Program sit for their National Certification Exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Those candidates who pass their exam become Certified Surgical Technologists (CST). In accordance with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), these results are to be published for public knowledge.