Associate in Applied Science
Surgical technologists function as members of the surgical team in the operating room, delivery room, or out-patient surgical center; as employees of the surgeon; or as part of an organ donor team. Surgical technologists prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment.
day course to learn about the Surgical Technologist program.
The campus laboratories in the Surgical Technologist program replicate real healthcare settings, allowing students to practice within a controlled environment, using the same medical equipment as local hospitals. Students study basic patient care practices, aseptic technique, surgical anatomy, surgical procedure, and surgical supplies and instruments.
The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).
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Surgical Technologist working in hospitals, surgical centers, physicians offices, and outpatient care centers
if Full Time
65 Total Credit Hours
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The ICC Surgical Technologist program is a fast-paced, demanding curriculum that requires higher order thinking processes. Students must have good communication and stress management skills.Bill Hammer, Professor – Health Careers
How Do I Get Into the Surgical Technologist Program?
Start a career in the fast-paced and rewarding world of Surgical Technology. Connect with an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Submit supplemental application.
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
- High school coursework in anatomy, biology, chemistry, and math is beneficial.
- Complete the SURTK 100 course for a one day preview of the program.
What Can I Expect As a Surgical Technologist Student?
- Students are advised to complete the anatomy and physiology and medical terminology requirement before beginning the SURTK course sequence.
- Hands-on learning in the program laboratories.
- Clinical experience in all the surgical specialties at area hospitals.
- Upon earning an Associate in Applied Science degree in Surgical Technologist, students will be qualified to sit for the National Certification Exam by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).
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.
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What if I am working while going to school?
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What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
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