Surgical Services Program Coordinator
ADVISOR FOR LAST NAME N-ZBrittany Page, AS, CST, CSFA
850.769.1551 ext. 5881
Academic Program SpecialistAlyssa Evans
Surgical Technologist, A.S.
Do you like Anatomy? Do You Like to Watch Surgery on TV?
Would you like to work in a unique environment?
- As a member of the operating room team.
- In a challenging fast paced environment that can change human lives. An emergency can occur anytime and no two human beings are alike so… it is never boring.
- Every day is spent exploring the human body, becoming familiar with surgical techniques, procedures and treatments.
- There is always something new every day. Technology and innovative changes are ongoing.
The Surgical Technologist works directly with the surgeon during surgery to complete the surgical procedure. Before an operation, you would set up the instruments and equipment. Ensure that both sterile and nonsterile equipment is assembled and adjusted to make sure it works properly. During the surgical procedure, you must know the surgical procedure, observe the conditions of the anatomy, pass instruments to the surgeon, anticipate the needs of the surgeon, and react quickly to emergencies by providing the appropriate supplies or equipment.
Surgical technologists can perform the scrub role; assistant circulator (identify, position, and prepare the patient for surgery), or second scrub role (maintain retraction, cut suture, manipulate the camera for minimal invasive surgery, or hold clamps applied by the surgeon). With further training the surgical technologist can become a first assistant.
The professional association is the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST). Just prior to graduation, you will take the nationally recognized and accredited National Board of Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants (NBSTSA) surgical technology exam to become a board Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).
As you mature by gaining experience, you can opt to specialize in a particular field such as General Surgery, Trauma, Open Heart, Orthopedics, Gynecology/Obstetrics, Transplant, Robotic and/or Neuro Surgery. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median 2015 income was $44,330 and job growth in the field is expected to be much faster than average.
CAAHEP is located at 9353 - 113th Street North, #7709, Clearwater, Florida 33775.
Surgical Services-Surgical Technologist Course Requirements
Visual & Performing Arts
MAC1105, College Algebra
MAC2311, Calculus with Analytical Geometry I
MGF1106, Mathematics for Liberal Arts
MGF1107, Survey of Mathematics
HSC1000, Orientation to Perioperative Services
HSC1000L, Orientation to Perioperative Services Lab
BSC2085L, Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
BSC2086, Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BSC2086L, Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab II
STS1310L, Surgical Tech & Proc. Lab/Clinical
STS1340C, Pharmacology and Anesthesia
STS1940C, Introduction to Surgery Clinical
STS2323, Surgical Procedures I
STS2323L, Surgical Simulation Lab I
STS2324, Surgical Procedures II (effective Fall 2023)
STS2324L, Surgical Simulation Lab II
STS2361, The Art of Teamwork in Surgery
STS2365, Professional Skills for the OR Team
STS2944C, Surgical Clinical I
STS2945C, Surgical Clinical II
STS2953, Surgical Technologist Portfolio I
STS2954, Surgical Technologist Portfolio II
STS2936, Surgical Certification Symposium
What can you do with a Surgical Services-Surgical Technologist Degree?
What jobs will you find with a degree in Surgical Services?
- Go on to earn an associate degree in surgical services and then a bachelor degree in healthcare or business management.
- Become a team leader in a specialty service such as orthopedics.
- Move into management of a central sterile supply or inventory department.
- Return to school to move into other related branches of medicine such as a surgical assistant, physician’s assistant, registered nurse or physician.
Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:
Surgical LabsYou'll acquire the skills you need to be a successful Surgical Technologist in Gulf Coast State College's state-of-the-art labs in the George C. Tapper Health Sciences Building on the Panama City campus.
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How to apply to the Surgical Technology Program
To apply to the program, you’ll need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College. Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process. Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog to find out more about the program. Download an Information Packet that Includes the Application Process.
Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships
There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.