Taylor Health Science Building, 3rd Floor
1526 South Medical Center Drive
St. George, UT 84790
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Kathy Snyder, CST, FAST, BS
Health Sciences Advisor
Eliezer Bermúdez, PhD
Drew Wilcox, PTA, MHA
Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the surgical team. Their primary role is to work with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical technologists in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during and after surgery.
Specifically, surgical technologists apply and maintain the principles of sterile technique and safety in the operating room; prepare, handle, and care for surgical instruments, supplies, equipment and medications; set up instrumentation, equipment and supplies for various surgical procedures; apply critical thinking skills to anticipate procedural steps and corresponding instrumentation; and pass surgical instrumentation, supplies, and medications to the surgeon during an operation.
The intensive 9-month surgery core portion of the program combines classroom lectures and discussions, laboratory demonstrations with hands-on practice, and supervised clinical experiences in actual patient care settings to provide students with a variety of learning opportunities.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Board Certifying Examination offered by the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).
The Dixie State University Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). These organizations may be contacted at:
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110
Littleton, CO 80120
To be considered for admission to the Surgical Technology program, an applicant must first be accepted as a Dixie State University student. The applicant must complete a separate application to the Surgical Technology program.
Surgical Technology is a limited-enrollment program and admits one class each fall. Surgical Technology program admission selection decisions are based on the cumulative scores achieved by applicants and are applied without regard to race, color, ethnic background, national origin, religion, creed, age, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, and/or gender. Applicants must verify that they are able to perform the essential functions of a surgical technologist. Some of our clinical sites require that students be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for clinical rotation placement.
The Surgical Technology program admission selection process utilizes a points system designed to predict potential for student success in the program. In the event that qualifying applications receive identical scores, the date of receipt of the completed applications will be used to assign admission priority. Final selection will be made and students will be notified by email message to the student’s University email address. Admission to the program is considered conditional until candidate completes the remaining requirements as indicated in the conditional acceptance letter. An alternate list will be used to accommodate cancellations. Admissions will remain open until the class is filled.
Additional program application information can be found at: https://health.dixie.edu/surgical-technology/program-admissions/.
Required Prerequisite Courses1
& BIOL 2325
and Human Anatomy Lab
& BIOL 2425
and Human Physiology Lab
|ENGL 1010||Introduction to Writing (EN)||3-4|
|or ENGL 1010D||Introduction to Writing (EN)|
|ENGL 2010||Intermediate Writing Selected Topics: (EN)||3|
|HLOC 1000||Medical Terminology||2|
|MATH 1040||Introduction to Statistics (MA) (preferred)||3-4|
|or MATH 1030||Quantitative Reasoning (MA)|
|or MATH 1050||College Algebra / Pre-Calculus|
|PSY 1010||General Psychology (SS, GC)||3|
|or PSY 1100||Human Development Through Lifespan (SS) (GC)|
|or FSHD 1500||Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)|
Grade of C or higher in prerequisite courses required.
Surgical Technology Program Learning Outcomes (to support DSU Institutional Learning Outcomes)
Dixie State University Surgical Technology Program Graduates will be able to:
PLO 1.1 Skills: Perform surgical technology roles and duties competently and safely at entry-level for employment.
PLO 2.1 Knowledge: Apply fundamental theoretical knowledge effectively in the practice of surgical technology.
PLO 2.2 Knowledge: Acquire and evaluate emerging surgical knowledge to support innovations in surgical practice.
PLO 4.1 Responsibility: Exhibit professional behaviors consistently to obtain and maintain employment.
PLO 5.1 Grit: Demonstrate competence and safe practice under pressure in demanding surgical situations.
PLO 5.2 Grit: Adapt to unexpected circumstances in surgery efficiently to facilitate safe patient care.
Surgical technologists work as members of a healthcare team alongside physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, and other healthcare workers. Before an operation, surgical technologists prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment. During an operation, surgical technologists pass instruments and supplies to surgeons and first assistants. They also hold retractors, hold internal organs in place during the procedure, or set up robotic surgical equipment. Over 70% of surgical technologists are employed in hospitals and may work or be on call during nights, weekends, and holidays. They may also be required to work shifts lasting longer than 8 hours.
Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.
The median annual wage for surgical technologists was $45,160 in May 2016. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,720, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $64,800.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Surgical Technologists, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm (visited March 12, 2018).
SURG 1000. Introduction to Surgical Technology. 2 Hours.
First semester course. Students will be introduced to the profession of surgical technology. Students will acquire knowledge of professional requirements and expectations, scope of practice, the surgical team, hospital and health delivery systems, the physical environment of surgery, hazards and safety practices, ethical and legal aspects, risk management, credentialing, and professional organizations. Students will gain an understanding of various roles for surgical technologists, and specific tasks required to deliver surgical patient care before, during, and after a surgical procedure. Taught in cohort rotation. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Surgical Technology program. FA.
SURG 1021. Surgical Sciences. 3 Hours.
First semester course. Foundational concepts of surgical microbiology and pathophysiology are introduced. Emphasis is placed on surgical applications of microbiology and pathophysiology including surgical infection control, diagnosis of diseases and disorders of human body systems, and identification of surgical interventions for specified pathophysiologic conditions. Students apply basic medical terminology to develop fluency in surgical terminology. Taught in cohort rotation. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Surgical Technology program. FA.
SURG 1050. Surgical Technology Theory. 3 Hours.
First semester course. Introduction to fundamentals of the surgical environment, including principles and applications of sterile technique, sterilization principles and practices, safety practices in the OR, handling and safety of specialized equipment, and introduction to surgical case management. Taught in cohort rotation. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Surgical Technology program. FA.
SURG 1055. Surgical Technology Lab I. 2 Hours.
First semester course. Students learn, practice, and demonstrate entry-level surgical technology skills such as scrubbing, gowning, and gloving, aseptic technique, instrument identification, preparation of the sterile field, safe sharps handling, procedure steps anticipation, and professional behaviors. Taught in cohort rotation. Lab fee required. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Surgical Technology program. FA.
SURG 1060. Surgical Technology Clinical I. 4 Hours.
First semester course. Students correlate theory to practice in an actual surgical setting. Students apply previously learned foundational information and hands on skills as they perform in the first scrub role in assigned surgical procedures under the supervision of clinical site preceptors. An emphasis is placed on developing competence in basic surgical procedures in various surgical specialties. Taught in cohort rotation. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Surgical Technology program. FA.
SURG 2010. Surgical Pharmacology. 2 Hours.
First semester course. Students gain information necessary for safe medication practice in surgery. Students attain competence in the metric system, medication calculations, fundamental concepts of pharmacology, medication identification and handling, medications used in surgery and at the surgical site, and aspects of anesthesia. Taught in cohort rotation. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Surgical Technology program. FA.
SURG 2050. Surgical Procedures. 7 Hours.
Second semester course. Student identify anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic tests, medications, equipment, instruments, supplies, procedural steps, and postoperative patient care concepts for surgical procedures in all major surgical specialties. Course fee required. Taught in cohort rotation. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Surgical Technology program. SP.
SURG 2055. Surgical Technology Lab II. 1 Hour.
Second semester course. Students learn, practice, and demonstrate intermediate level surgical technology skills with an emphasis on anticipation skills, surgical specialty instrumentation, and professional behaviors. Students also develop critical thinking competence in aseptic practice by identifying, analyzing, and correcting errors in sterile technique. Taught in cohort rotation. Lab fees required. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Surgical Technology program. SP.
SURG 2060. Surgical Technology Clinical II. 7 Hours.
Second semester course. Students correlate theory to practice in an actual surgical setting. Students apply previously learned foundational information and skills as they perform in the first scrub role in assigned surgical procedures under the supervision of clinical preceptors. Am emphasis is placed on developing competence in more complex surgical procedures in various surgical specialties. Taught in cohort rotation. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Surgical Technology program. SP.
SURG 2070. Surgical Synthesis. 1 Hour.
Second semester course. Students analyze the clinical experience by maintaining accurate documentation of case experiences and presenting case studies. Students correlate clinical experiences to surgical technology theory to prepare for the National Board Certification Examination. Taught in cohort rotation. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Surgical Technology program. SP.
Kathy Snyder, CST, FAST, BS