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Surgical Technology

Train for a role on the team that can save lives.  Surgical Technology has higher than average projected job growth—projected at 15% between 2016 and 2026*. This program helps you build both the skills and the confidence graduates rely on to achieve school certifications and build careers in this exciting field.

At American Career College, our Associate of Occupational Science degree in Surgical Technology is designed to prepare you to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. 

*California Employment Development Department

  • Overview
  • Careers After I Graduate
  • What Will I Learn?
  • What Will I Do?

Surgical Technology Program Overview

The American Career College Surgical Technology program is designed to equip you with the skills you'll need to begin a rewarding career. The class curriculum focuses on the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains necessary to prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors and nurses during surgical procedures.

Surgical Technologists are responsible for many important tasks assisting in the care of surgical patients, including these duties:

  • Working with surgeons, nurses, and other operating room personnel
  • Understanding fundamentals steps and routine procedures in order to assist the surgeon
  • Helping to ensure surgical procedures are performed efficiently and effectively
  • Equipping the operating rooms for surgery
  • Maintaining equipment, rooms, and supplies
  • Preparing patients for surgery

After successfully completing the school's Surgical Technology program, you will be eligible to take the certification exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

The focus is on your success!

The goal of our school's program is to help you graduate with the confidence and qualifications to begin your career as a certified surgical technologist.*

*ACC cannot guarantee employment.

Careers After I Graduate

Surgical Technologists generally work in a hospital setting, assisting surgeons, registered nurses, and anesthesiologists during surgical operations. In your Surgical Technology program at American Career College, you will participate in actual surgical procedures and direct patient care in the STSR role in a variety of areas, including preoperative, intra-operative, and postoperative patient care.

Upon successful completion of the school's program, you can expect to qualify for entry-level positions and be ready to interview for employment in:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient Surgery Centers
  • Operating Rooms
  • Delivery Rooms
  • Physicians' Offices
  • Dentists' Office
  • Outpatient Care Facilities

A few interesting statistics* about Surgical Technology careers: 

  • Employment of surgical technologists is expected to grow by 15% between 2016 and 2026.*
  • Surgical technologists typically need a postsecondary certificate or associate's degree. Certification also can help a surgical technologist find a position.
  • Surgical technologists occasionally advance to other health care occupations, such as physician assistants or registered nurses.

Many area employers are very familiar with the quality of ACC's healthcare training programs and our school's track record for preparing confident, qualified professionals for rewarding careers. Our graduates have been hired by:

  • Aerotek
  • Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
  • One Legacy
  • Fountain Valley Regional Hospital And Medical Center
  • Long Beach Memorial Hospital
  • Hemet Valley Medical Center
  • Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
  • Loma Linda University Medical Center
  • Irvine Endoscopy And Surgery Institute
  • Riverside University Health Systems
  • University Of California Los Angeles
  • St. Vincent Medical Center
  • Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
  • Corona Summit Surgical Center

*California Employment Development Department 

What Will I Learn

This class curriculum is divided into eight 10-week quarters,each of which includes prescribed subjects or studies that build upon each other. Clinical experience in hospital settings is also required for successful completion of the school's program, and these clinical rotations, which begin in quarter seven, comprise 600 hours.

In addition to general education courses, core courses in American Career College's Surgical Technology program include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I – This course provides an overview of the associate major terms and physiologic functions used in anatomy with clinical situations. You will learn about the human body and how it functions.
  • Introduction to Surgical Technology – In this course, you will learn about surgical technology as a profession, and the structure of health care facilities and hospital organization. You will also be introduced to the scope of practice as a member of the surgical team and become familiarized with medical terminology.
  • Surgical Techniques I Lab – In the laboratory component of this course, you will be introduced to basic surgical techniques such as aseptic technique, scrubbing, gowning and gloving, establishing a sterile field and organizing the sterile field. You will also learn how to perform the surgical counts as well as assisting with draping the surgical patient.
  • Operating Room Fundamentals – This course will introduce you to the operating room environment as well as basic surgical instrumentation, equipment, and supplies. Common hazards and safety precautions will be discussed, and you will also learn about technological advances of the modern operating room.
  • Surgical Procedures I– In this course, you will study advanced techniques in surgical patient care, which will be reinforced through hands-on practicum. You will learn the different roles of the surgical technologist (Scrub Role - STSR, Assistant Circulator - STAC and Second Assistant – STSA roles) during routine mock surgical procedures in the laboratory setting.
  • Clinical Practicum I – This course provides you with the opportunity to participate in actual surgical procedures. You will direct patient care in the STSR role in the following areas: preoperative, intra-operative care, and postoperative patient care. You will also participate in assisting with instrument processing as well as pulling supplies and instrumentation from the sterile supply areas.

Other core courses in this program include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Career Advantage
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Surgical Techniques I
  • Surgical Techniques II
  • Surgical Techniques II - Lab
  • General Microbiology
  • Patient Care/Case Management
  • Pharmacology 40
  • Pathophysiology I
  • Pathophysiology II
  • Clinical Orientation
  • Clinical Orientation - Lab
  • Surgical Procedures II
  • Clinical Practicum II
  • National Certification Review

What Will I Do as a Surgical Technologist

Once you have completed your American Career College training and earned your associate's degree, you'll be ready to pursue exciting career opportunities.

As an entry-level Surgical Technologist, your day-to-day responsibilities* may include:

  • Preparing operating rooms for surgery
  • Working with surgeons, nurses, and other operating room personnel
  • Sterilizing equipment and make sure that there are adequate supplies for surgery
  • Preparing patients for surgery by washing and disinfecting incision sites
  • Helping surgeons and nurses during surgery by passing them instruments and other sterile supplies
  • Helping transfer patients to recovery rooms
  • Positioning patients on the operating table and covering them with sterile drapes
  • Passing instruments and supplies to surgeons and first assistants.

You'll be on your way!

A commitment to your career can result in the ongoing development of your skills and increased opportunities for advancement. Even after you start your career, American Career College's Career Services team will remain committed to providing you with the resources, support and personalized assistance you need to keep your career on the fast track.

Source: California Employment Development

"I had always been interested in medicine, but I didn't want to deal with the drama of applying to even a community college. Now, I'm a trained Surgical Technician!"

Jessica S. Surgical Technology Graduate
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