Surgical Services Program
Surgical Technologists work with the surgeon, anesthesiologist or anesthetist, and professional registered nurse as a member of the direct patient care team during surgery. Surgical technologists assist by preparing and handling supplies and equipment to maintain a safe and therapeutic environment for the patient through specific techniques and practices designed to exclude all pathogenic microorganisms from the operative wound.
The ability to perform under pressure in stressful and emergency situations is a quality essential to surgical technologists. A stable temperament, a strong sense of responsibility, considerable patience and concern for order are required. Manual dexterity and physical stamina are vital. They must be able to work quickly, but accurately, and oriented to detail, yet able to integrate a number of activities according to priority. They must be keenly sensitive to the needs of the patient as well as to the needs of the members of the surgical team.
EFSC's Surgical Services A.S. degree is a limited access program with a special application process. The Central Sterile Processing Technologist College Credit Certificate is also earned as an embedded part of this program.
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Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings.
The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room or environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.
Surgical Technology Accreditation
Eastern Florida State College offers an associate degree program in Surgical Services. Students in this program develop the technical ability and acquire the knowledge necessary for initial employment in a hospital operating room as a member of a surgical team and qualify for employment in any health care facility where surgery is performed. Students complete a one-year academic study including supervised clinical training in the Surgical Services lab on campus and in the modern surgical arenas of area health care facilities.
The program operates under the guidelines of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) and the Florida Department of Education.
Eastern Florida State College's Surgical Services program is in the process of reapplying for initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org).
Outcomes for the 2017-2018 Surgical Services Program are as follows:
|Graduation Class||Percent Graduated||Graduated|
|2018||77%||10 graduates / 13 initial enrollment|
|Graduation Class||Percent Employed||Number Placed / Number Seeking Employment|
|2018||100%||10 placed / 10 seeking employment|
The EFSC Surgical Services Program's mission is to "prepare competent entry level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psycho-motor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains."
Eligibility to take the National Certifying Exam
Upon completion of the Surgical Services program, and the initial accreditation approved, graduates are eligible to apply to the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to take the National Certifying Exam, provided all the eligibility requirements have been met. Those who pass this exam demonstrate their theoretical and practical knowledge of surgical technology and are granted the designation Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).
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