As a patient care professional, a Surgical Technologist is a key player in ensuring the overall health of patients.
In this professional role, you will work alongside surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical personnel in helping patients before, during and after surgery.
Our program provides students with instruction, laboratory practice and clinical rotations in preparation to entering the workforce. Graduates of this accredited program are eligible to test for the Certified Surgical Technologist credentials.
The program requires 60.5 total credit hours for completion and includes both classroom instruction and clinical practice in surgical technology. Once you have completed the required courses, you will achieve an AAS degree, and will be eligible to take the national certification examination for surgical technologists.
What to Expect
This is a full-time, twelve-month program starting in August. Students will complete classroom and skills lab instruction.
- Classes: Classes will be available at TMCC through CSN.
- Clinical Rotation: TMCC students will complete rotations in facilities in northern Nevada. The first clinical rotation will place the student in ancillary and support roles in the surgical suite. The second and third clinical rotations will include major hospitals, level 1 trauma and surgical centers where the student will complete cases in all surgical specialties.
Nature of Work
The Surgical Technologist is an important member of the surgical team who works closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical personnel delivering patient care and has responsibilities before, during and after surgery.
Surgical technologists prepare the operating room, assemble, adjust and check equipment, operate sterilizers, lights, machinery, assist in preparation of patients, and position patients on the operating table. Surgical technologists have a responsibility of maintaining the sterile field. They most often function as the sterile member of the surgical team by passing instruments, sutures and sponges during surgery.
The one-year program in surgical technology prepares students for employment in the following settings:
- Hospital operating rooms, delivery rooms, ambulatory care areas, and central supply.
- Clinics and surgical centers.
- Offices of ophthalmologists, physicians and dentists.
All student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not receive any monetary compensation during this educational experience, nor will the student work in place of hired staff within the clinical institution, in the capacity of a surgical technologist.
Where To Start
- How to Transfer Credits to CSN from Other Colleges
- Student’s First Checklist Student’s First Checklist (Health Program Advising Check List)
- Program Course Sheet and Application Deadlines
- Career Guide and Approximate Costs
- Selection Criteria
Before Submitting your Program Application
- Apply to CSN
- Request your TMCC credits be transferred to CSN
- Complete a Health Program Orientation
- Meet with a Health Programs Advisor (Note: when you schedule your appointment on-line, let them know you need to set up a phone advisement.)
- Complete "Limited Entry Applications Workshop"
- Health Care Experience Form
- Volunteer Documentation Form
- Letter of Recommendation Form
- Dexterity Test
For more information, please contract us or contact the CSN Health Programs Advisement Office.