The Flathead Valley Community College Surgical Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is a 70-credit program designed to develop skills in all phases of operating room procedures and techniques, including clinical experience in the operating room. Graduates of the program are ready to begin their career in the field as entry level Surgical Technologists.
In addition to operating room techniques, surgical procedures, surgical instruments and equipment; students study surgical microbiology, surgical pharmacology, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, asepsis (sterile technique), preparation of the patient for surgery and the physical conditions that make it necessary for a person to have surgery.
A new class of Surgical Technology students begins each year in January.
Why Surgical Technology?
As a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST), you will be directly involved in the outcome of a patients’ medical recovery. You will assist in the operating room by preparing instruments and supplies, passing them to the surgeon, anticipating and meeting the surgeon’s needs and ensuring patient safety throughout the procedure. When the stakes are high and the job is stressful, you realize that you are making a difference in each patient’s life and it is all worth the effort. The CST enables lives to be saved and witnesses momentous changes in patients’ health every day.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Sterilize, disinfect, and pass surgical instruments
- Understand surgical procedures and anticipate the needs of the surgeon
- Ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure
- Set up sterile table with instruments, supplies, equipment, and medications/solutions prior to operation
- Gown and glove surgeon and assistants
- Prepare sterile dressings and help drape a sterile field
- Vigilantly maintain a sterile field during surgery
- Count supplies prior to surgery and before incision is closed
- Assist other team members with terminal cleaning of room
- Help prepare surgical room for next patient
Instruction is provided in a classroom and lab setting, as well as clinical rotations at area hospitals and surgery centers. Due to the requirements of the clinical component of the program, and our clinical affiliations, enrollment is limited to 8 students each year.