The Surgical Technology, Degree program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in the surgical field. The Surgical Technology, Degree program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and technical knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in Surgical Technology. Graduates of the program receive a Surgical Technology degree and are qualified for employment as surgical technologists.
The Surgical Technology program at Atlanta Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33756 727.210.2350 website: caahep.org
Minimum Program Length: 5 Semesters
Estimated Program Cost: $8,255
(Additional Cost are estimated and are subject to change: $690 for Uniform, Background Check, Drug Screen, Immunizations, Physical Exam, BLS Card, ACEMAPP and Certification Exam)
Special Requirements of the Clinical Sites:
- CPR Certification
- Hepatitis B Vaccine and flu
- Drug Screening
- Criminal Background Check
- Physical and lab work including TB testing and immunizations
SALARY POTENTIAL: $30,102 – $59,335
Graduation Rate: Board Pass Rate:
2015 – 100% 50%
2016 – 80% 67%
2017 – 100% 33%
2018 – 100% 33%
Program Admission Requirements
The Surgical Technology program utilizes a competitive admission process to select students. Program faculty and the Admissions staff designed the process to ensure maximum opportunity for student success in the program and on the Association of Surgical Technologists certification examination. The program admits students once per year during summer semester for fall semester. Applicants must submit all required documentation to the Admissions office by the requested due date to receive consideration in the selection process. Applicants must be in good academic standing at the time of selection to receive consideration as candidates for admission. Applicants not selected for the program may reapply during subsequent admission intake periods. Applicants must complete the application process for each attempt at program entry.
Applicants must meet the below criteria to be considered for admission to the Surgical Technology program:
- Must be 17 years of age.
- Completed and signed application for admission and nonrefundable fee to the college admission office.
- Completed a Surgical Technology Program application for admission to the Program Coordinator.
- Official high school or GED transcript and/or official college transcripts from all college attended in the past to the Admission Office (see General Admission Requirements.)
- Valid TEAS test scores comparable to the Associate Degree level.
- Must be identified as program ready for the Surgical Technology Program. The Surgical Technology Program is competitive. Therefore, although one may be program ready, qualified candidates are admitted based on several criteria to include the CGPA and Program Enrollment application date. All students who are not accepted into the program must reapply by completing a new Program Ready Form.
- Must take and pass placement test scores for program admission.
- Meet all eligibility requirements for the Surgical Technology Program in addition to, the student must achieve a minimum grade of B in BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117L, and MATH 1111.
- Requirements for transferring courses from another approved institution includes ensuring MATH 1111, BIOL 2113, BIOL (Lab)2113,BIOL 2114, BIOL (Lab)2114,BIOL 2117, BIOL (Lab)2117, are less than five years old.
- Surgical Technology curriculum occupational courses will not be considered for transfer credit.
- Submit the Letter of Intent form . The form is included inside the ST application packet.
- If a student changes his/her declared major from Surgical Technology to a different diploma or degree program, and then back to Surgical Technology, the latest program application date will be used when determining placement.
- Prior to the beginning of the Surgical Technology Program, the applicant must have a current CPR card, a physical examination which includes immunization records, current TB skin test or chest-ray within five (5) years prior to program acceptance, and be medically cleared to participate in both classroom and clinical settings.
- Must have an initial current clearance criminal background/drug screen check from the designated program background check company to meet clinical requirements. Criminal background/drug screen check will be required at various intervals through the program as designated by the program faculty.
* Note: Additional Requirements for the competitive admission process:
- Attend a mandatory pre-admission orientation session once selected (failure to attend or to make alternate arrangements to obtain necessary information will result in the forfeiture of admission to the program).
- Complete a total of sixteen (16) hours of volunteer or work experience ideally in more than one healthcare setting.
- The program requires a full-time commitment from the student as classes are scheduled daily from 8:00am-3:00pm.
- If the above criteria are not met, an applicant\’s file cannot be processed for selection into the Surgical Technology program.
Blood and Airborne Pathogens: Students enrolled in Category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens. These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities for each occupational training program/course. Students will be required to present documentation of Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis immunizations as a result of potential occupational exposure. Students should contact their program directors for more information. Policies and procedures regarding blood and airborne pathogens may be reviewed at tcsg.org.
Work Policy: 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 remuneration during this educational experience, nor will the students be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution, in the capacity of a surgical technologist.
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