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2016-2017 Bellingham Technical College Catalog 
2016-2017 Bellingham Technical College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surgery Technology

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If you are interested in being a valuable part of surgery teams, working beside surgeons, nurses, and other medical professionals, you can train for an exciting career as a Surgery Technologist.

With BTC’s high quality education and hands-on training, you’ll gain the valuable skills needed now by hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, and dental surgery offices.

BTC’s students graduate prepared for top jobs: 100 percent of program graduates passed the National Certification of Surgical Technology Exam in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

This surgery technology education program is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The CAAHEP may be reached at 1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756. Phone 727-210-2350. Http://www.caahep.org/.

Program Outcomes

The goal of this program is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains

Adhering to the Core Curriculum for Surgical Technologists, 6e and employer and instructor’s expectations, the student will possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive, therapeutic and diagnostic procedures

Competent entry level surgical technologists will have well developed skills in the following areas:

  • Participate in effective self-assessment.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking relating to prioritization, anticipation, problem analysis and evaluation of solutions.
  • Demonstrate the necessary skills to set up the operative environment preoperatively, provide appropriate instrumentation and assistance intra-operatively, appropriately teardown and prepare decontamination postoperatively.
  • Recognize body mechanics, patient and occupational hazards to include electrical, LASER, radiation, chemical and biological concerns.
  • Provide safe patient care.
  • Recognize own limitations and act accordingly.
  • Maintain personal mental and physical health.
  • Seek learning opportunities that will foster growth.
  • Demonstrate leadership by encouraging and motivating others.
  • Act as a client advocate.
  • Use resources wisely by practicing conservation of time, materials, facilities, and human resources.
  • Follow school and clinical site rules and regulations.
  • Exhibit respect for clients, surgical staff, faculty, and peers.
  • Recognize scope of practice as defined by the House of Delegates of the Association of Surgical Technologist, Inc. (AST) as principles to be used as Standards of Practice.
  • Take responsibility for own actions.
  • Recognize your role in the health care delivery system.
  • Understand and accurately use technical languag
  • Apply the principles of verbal, non-verbal, and written communication
  • Communicate effectively as a member of a peer group, a surgical team, and a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Share knowledge and skills with peers.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience by completion of the Certification Examination for Surgical Technologists.

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program admits students once a year in the fall quarter.

Testing Requirements

  • ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085  , and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092   or C grade in AENGL 100 .
  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099  .

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Intro to Surgery Technology (SURG 100 ) * Must complete with a 3.0 (B grade) or higher
  • Complete the prerequisites listed below with a 2.0 (C grade or better) in each course
  • General Biology with Lab (BIOL& 160 )
  • Human A&P 1 (BIOL& 241 )
  • Human A&P 2 (BIOL& 242 )
  • Microbiology (BIOL& 260 )
  • Intro to Chemistry (CHEM& 121 )
  • Interpersonal Communications (CMST& 210 )
  • English Composition I (ENGL& 101 )
  • HIV/AIDS: Healthcare Professional (HLTH 133 )
  • Fundamentals of Medical Terminology (HT 126 )
  • Math in Society (MATH& 107 ) or any MATH course from the AAS-T alternate course list will be accepted.

Degree and Certificate Requirements

Surgery Technology AAS-T Degree and Certificate completion requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater and minimum grade of B/3.0 for SURG 100  and minimum grade of C+/2.3 for all other Surgery courses and minimum grade of C/2.0 for all other required courses.

Program Application/Forms

  • Surgery Technology Application Completion Form
  • Criminal History Background Check Notification Form
  • Official transcripts documenting prerequisite completion, including BTC unofficial records.
  • Evidence of high school graduation or equivalent.

Prior to registration for SURG 120 , admitted students must be eighteen (18) years of age and submit evidence of the following requirements:

  1. Physical exam and specified immunizations,
  2. Criminal background check,
  3. 11-panel drug screen,
  4. Current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR,
  5. Medical insurance coverage.

NOTE: Students will be charged a fee of approximately $119.00 for the background check, drug screen, and tracking of required health documents.


    Associate of Applied Science - Transfer

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