Surgical Technology

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Parkland College has earned the annual Merit Award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Parkland's Surgical Technology program received the award for achieving a 100-percent graduate pass rate on the national certification exam for surgical technologists during the 2013-2014 academic year. The CST exam is the only fully accredited examination by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies for surgical technologists in the nation.

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Surgical Technology AAS
Surgical Technology Certificate

What you’ll do:
Train to become a surgical technologist, providing crucial assistance to surgeons, nurses, and other surgical staff who care for patients before, during, and immediately after surgery. You will become knowledgeable in anatomy, microbiology, and pathophysiology, learning to "think like a surgeon." You'll complete rotations in surgical specialty areas as you study in up-to-date labs, classrooms, and area clinics/hospitals.

Where you’ll go:
Hospitals continue to be the primary employer of surgical technologists, although physician offices and outpatient care centers, such as ambulatory surgery centers, have begun hiring more surgical techs. You may work in OB/delivery, oral surgery, the operating room, and other specialty areas. With further education, you may advance your career, becoming a surgical first assistant, surgical RN, transplant technician, laser/endoscopic technician, or other related career.

Accreditation information:
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP), Joint Review Committee on Education of the Surgical Technologis

Health career programs at Parkland College are selective. See if you are ready to apply by completing the Ready to Apply? checklist.  For more information call 217/351-2468 or click to Get the Facts about the Selective Admissions process.

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