Surgical Technology Program

Do you want a Career on the Cutting Edge of Healthcare?

Surgical Technology may be your Future. 

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings such as medical offices, out-patient clinics, and the operating room.

The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

Instruments of Excellence

A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic techniques and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

This program provides clinical experience built upon classroom instruction in the basic sciences, patient care, aseptic techniques and surgical procedures. Students enrolled in the Surgical Technology Program are required to achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each course.

This Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)/ Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting and graduates are eligible to take the certifying examination offered by the National Board on Certification for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Surgical Technology Advising Course Sequence AAS - ST 2018-2019

The Surgical Technology Program only offers the Associates in Applied Science, also known as the AAS degree.

Once you have been selected via the selective admission process the program will last approximately 11 months.

Starting in August of each year and completing in June of the next year. The program will consist of a Fall semester, Spring semester and a 4-week summer semester.

The curriculum link above will show the courses required. Each course must be completed with a grade “C” or better in order to be eligible for selection into the Surgical Technology Program.

The courses listed on the curriculum with the prefix “SUR” are the program course that will be completed after you are selected via the Selective Admission Process. 

Program Checklists

Mission

The mission of the Surgical Technologist program is to train the student as an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in operating room procedures.

This mission statement is reviewed twice annually by the Surgical Technology advisory committee. Recommendations for change are recorded in the advisory committee minutes and changes are reflected in any printed material after revision.

Objectives

The objectives of the Surgical Technologist program are as follows:

  • Provide current curriculum, instructional materials, and equipment which are used to teach knowledge (cognitive), skills (psychomotor) and attitudes (affective) appropriate to the needs of the industry for an entry level Surgical Technologist.
  • Provide educational facilities which foster learning and provide safe, healthy environment available and accessible to all students who can benefit from the program.
  • Provide academic instruction which supports effective learning within the program and which enhances professional performance on the job.
  • Provide workplace readiness skills which foster appropriate working attitudes working habits and problem-solving skills that will enable graduates of the program to perform as good employees.
  • Nurture the desire for learning so graduates will pursue their own continuing education as a lifelong endeavor.
  • Provide an educational atmosphere which promotes a positive self-image and a sense of personal well-being.
  • Provide education that fosters development and application of good safety habits.
  • Provide admission, educational and placement services without regard to race, color, creed, ethnic or national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, academic disadvantage, or economic disadvantage.
  • Provide information to the public regarding the program that will facilitate recruitment and enrollment of students.
  • Promote good public relations via contacts and regular communications with business, industry, and the public sector.
  • Promote faculty and student rapport and communications to enhance student success in the program.

Prepare students to successfully pass the National Surgical Technologist certifying examination.

Each student must attend a Surgical Technology Pre-Admission Conference and obtain a verification form with the signature of the presenter to complete the packet for selective admissions. You must attend a preadmission conference the year you are applying; however, I would suggest attending one prior to the application year so that you know the requirements of the program.

Please note the pre-admission conferences are only offered once in the fall and once in the spring semesters, so plan accordingly.

Semester

Date

Location

Time

Fall 2018

Wednesday October 24th, 2018

Leestown Campus, A-135

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Spring 2019

Wednesday March 27th, 2019

Leestown Campus, A-135

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Attention: The application deadline is May 1st of each year!

Take responsibility for your education and selection. Print the selective admission worksheet form and keep track of your own score.

The nature of the selection process for any Selective Admissions program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College is a competitive process. All applicants meeting the appropriate academic requirements shall be considered equally for admission regardless of economic or social status, race, color, religion, sex, marital status, beliefs, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability.

The Surgical Technology program is a selective admission health program. The purpose of the selective admissions process is to create a ranking system that allows us to identify students who are most likely to succeed in Surgical Technology Program. This system has been adopted to increase pass rates, meet accreditation standards, eliminate waiting list and to promote student success. This ranking will be used to create a priority admissions list, not an exclusion list. Therefore, all students are eligible to apply to the Surgical Technology program and be ranked by the selective admission criteria.

The process for applying is a “Complete Application Packet” format. Students must submit all documents below in one envelope to be considered for the program. Even if you have applied before and/or are currently enrolled, we will need all documents resubmitted to one of several locations: The Office of Admissions on any of the BCTC campuses by the application deadline. Only complete packets will be processed and considered for the program.

  1. Create a Selective Admissions System account. Once you have an active account you can print a program checklist to begin the process. You must submit the checklist with your packet.
  2. Students who are currently enrolled in classes at BCTC must submit a complete packet of all documents listed here. Students who are not currently enrolled in classes at BCTC must fill out an application for admission and a complete packet of all documents.
  3. Official transcripts of all post-secondary education attempted. Transcripts must be submitted from EACH college or university previously attended and must show every period of enrollment. Transcripts from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System do not need to be submitted.
    1. Documentation of the completion of Surgical Technology program prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better by the start of the program.
  4. In order to be considered for admission to the Surgical Technology Program, each applicant must attend a mandatory preadmission conference with the Program Coordinator and obtain a verification form with the signature of the presenter for the selective admission packet. Please refer to the preadmission conference website for further information.
    1. Additionally, you may view the Admissions Surgical Technology PowerPoint to review admission requirements. However, please note that viewing this PowerPoint does not meet the standard for the required preadmission conference.

The second phase of the selective admission process is accomplished with a point system that ranks students according to points earned in the following areas:

  1. Create a Selective Admissions System account. Once you have an active account you can print a program checklist to begin the process. You must submit the checklist with your packet.
  2. Students who are currently enrolled in classes at BCTC must submit a complete packet of all documents listed here. Students who are not currently enrolled in classes at BCTC must fill out an application for admission and a complete packet of all documents.
  3. Official transcripts of all post-secondary education attempted. Transcripts must be submitted from EACH college or university previously attended and must show every period of enrollment. Transcripts from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System do not need to be submitted.
    1. Documentation of the completion of Surgical Technology program prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better by the start of the program.
  4. In order to be considered for admission to the Surgical Technology Program, each applicant must attend a mandatory preadmission conference with the Program Coordinator and obtain a verification form with the signature of the presenter for the selective admission packet. Please refer to the preadmission conference website for further information.
    1. Additionally, you may view the Admissions Surgical Technology PowerPoint to review admission requirements. However, please note that viewing this PowerPoint does not meet the standard for the required preadmission conference.

The second phase of the selective admission process is accomplished with a point system that ranks students according to points earned in the following areas: 

  1. The point system will be based on grades in each of the following courses. The grades will be assigned point values as follows; A = 10, B = 6, C = 2.
    1. Anatomy & Physiology I
    2. Anatomy & Physiology II
    3. Computer Lit
    4. Microbiology
    5. Medical terminology

* If a student completes a per-requisite(s) via transfer credits from another college or university that requires a Chemistry course to meet the requirements of BIO 137 and 139, only the anatomy/physiology courses will be used on the selective admission worksheet/scoring criteria. For example: if the transfer work is coming from EKU BIO171 (A)/301(B)/Che105 (C), on the scoring worksheet you would get 10 points for the “A” in BIO171 and 6 points for “B” in BIO301. No points will be awarded for the CHE 105 course, however it we have to be passed with a “C” or better to be accepted.

**If a student completes a pre-requisite(s) via a Bypass Exam, no points will be awarded in the selective admission process. This is due to the fact Bypass Exam are not being graded like other classes and are evaluated on a pass/fail format. 

  1. Cumulative College GPA will be added to the course points and the selection will be based on the total scores on the 54-point scale.

As a result of the selective admission score, the top 24 students are accepted into the program. In the event that two or more students have the same point total with only one remaining opening in the program, the tie will be broken using cumulative GPA. BCTC will notify students that are accepted upon the completion of the selective admissions process.

Go to the Selective Admission Information & Process for Surgical Technology.

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) will act upon the recommendation from the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA) and students receiving a Degree will eligible to sit for the Surgical Technologist Certifying Exam to receive certification from The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA) is the accrediting body for Surgical Technology programs nationwide.

The mission of the ARC-STSA is to provide recognition for the quality of the education programs in its system to the public. The ARC/STSA is the only CAAHEP-recognized Committee on Accreditation for education programs in surgical technology and surgical assisting.

You can learn about the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) from their website.

AST collaborates with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) to set standards for education, such as the associate degree as the preferred level of entry into the profession.

AST partners with the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) on behalf of the CST and CSFA credentials.

AST provides lobbying support at the state and national levels to advocate for legislative recognition of graduation from an accredited program in surgical technology and holding/maintaining the Certified Surgical Technologist credential as a condition of employment, and for similar regulation of, and reimbursement for, non-physician surgical assistants.

AST provides continuing education opportunities to advance the knowledge and skills base of practicing surgical technologists and surgical assistants through a national Journal and an annual conference.

AST offers national recognition through National Surgical Technologist Week, a week that has been specifically designated to celebrate and honor the professions. It began by a resolution adopted by the AST Board of Directors in 1984.

AST provides a brochure entitled Certified Surgical Technologists Are Vital Members of the Operating Room Team. It describes the surgical technologist in sterile and non-sterile roles, as well as how they participate in case management. In addition, this brochure discusses the role of AST and the importance of accreditation and certification.

As part of being an accredited program thru Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting All accredited programs must publish the ARC/STSA approved Outcomes Assessment Exam (OAE) pass-rate from the program's Annual Report.

Year Pass rate # of students passed/ total # students

Class of 2018

100%

16/16

Class of 2017

100%

18/18

Class of 2016

100%

13/13

Class of 2015

100%

16/16

Class of 2014

100%

14/14

Class of 2013

100%

14/14

Program Contacts

Kevin Craycraft, CST, FAST

Surgical Technology
Program Coordinator
Leestown Campus
859-246-6615
kevinr.craycraft@kctcs.edu

Rebekah Travis, CST

Surgical Technology
Clinical Coordinator
859-246-6898
rebekah.travis@kctcs.edu