Achieve a Diploma in as few as 16 months*
This program is not currently enrolling new students. The Surgical Technology Diploma program at Concorde Career College prepares students with the knowledge and skills to become a Surgical Technologist. Surgical Techs work to assist doctors and other medical professionals before, during, and after operational procedures.
Surgical Technology (Diploma) Mission StatementThe Surgical Tech program provides students with the theoretical knowledge, hands-on laboratory instruction, clinical training in various surgical settings, and professional attributes required to obtain entry-level positions in the field of Surgical Technology. The program prepares students to successfully complete the National Certifying Examination for Surgical Technologists as sponsored by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).
Learning Objectives / Instructional OutcomesCognitive Domain The student will:
- Grasp concepts of human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, and infectious process and recognize his or her relationship to safe patient care;
- Understand the principles of safe patient care in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative settings; and
- Recognize the interdependent role of the Surgical Technologist with the other team members and ancillary services providers.
- Develop and apply fundamental surgical assisting skills through practice and evaluation in the clinical setting;
- Accurately apply the principles of asepsis across the spectrum of common surgical experiences; and
- Employ the Standard Precautions and other recognized safe practice guidelines in every surgical setting.
- Recognize the variety of patients’ needs and the impact of his or her personal, physical, emotional and cultural experiences on the rendering of patient care;
- Demonstrate professional responsibility in performance, attitude, and personal conduct; and
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In order to graduate from the Surgical Technology (Diploma) program, students must successfully complete the following curriculum:
The Surgical Technologist is a highly skilled and knowledgeable allied health professional who, as an essential member of the surgical team, works with surgeons, anesthesia providers, operating room nurses, and other professionals in providing safe care to the surgical patient. Surgical Technologists possess expertise in assisting surgeons in the safe and effective conduct of both major and minor surgical procedures in several specialty services and in a variety of surgical settings. Professional duties include aseptic technique, operating room environmental safety, equipment setup, instrumentation, preparing medications, and directly assisting in the three phases of surgical patient care: preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative. The entry-level Surgical Technologist works in acute-care hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, surgical clinics, central sterile processing departments, birthing centers, and other healthcare settings throughout the United States.
Accreditation and Licensure
For the campus of Memphis:
The Surgical Technology (Diploma) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (caahep.org), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; 727-210-2350, upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110, Littleton, CO 80120; 303-694-9262; www.arcstsa.org. The program has been placed on Probationary Accreditation as of May 18, 2018.
How Long Is The Surgical Technologist (Diploma) Program at Concorde?
You can complete the surgical technologist diploma program in as few as 16 months. You can complete the associate degree program in as few as 16 months. Please check with an admissions adviser for program length information.
When Does Concorde’s Surgical Technologist (Diploma) Program Start?
Contact us to find out when the Surgical Technologist program starts at a Concorde campus location near you.
What is the future outlook for surgical technologists?
According to BLS.gov, the surgical technologist job field is expected to grow by 7 percent through 2028. As surgical technology continues to improve and advance, surgical procedures are increasingly common.
Are surgical technologists in demand?
By becoming a surgical technologist, you will work alongside surgeons and nurses in the operating room, preparing patients for surgery, ensuring that piece of equipment is sterilized and working perfectly, and being ready when the surgical team needs an instrument. No two workdays are the same, and you’ll be at the forefront of new surgical techniques.
Does Concorde offer surgical technologist externships?
Concorde incorporates real-world training and off-site clinical experiences in our programs.
How much is tuition for Concorde’s surgical technologist programs?
For program-specific tuition information, please see the campus catalog.
Below you will find campus-specific information about the Surgical Technology (Diploma) program.