Surgical Technologist Program

Mission:

To provide eligible Suffolk County residents with the opportunity to attend a 12-month, full-time educational program in Surgical Technology leading to a career as a surgical technologist.

Program Goal Defining Minimum Expectations:

To prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of medical terminology (cognitive),
  • apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology in the role of a surgical technologist (cognitive),
  • demonstrate knowledge of human biology (cognitive),
  • implement appropriate techniques in the control of contamination/infection (cognitive),
  • demonstrate knowledge of the surgical technologists responsibilities in the operating room/surgical environment (cognitive),
  • apply knowledge of surgical and ancillary equipment to the care of the surgical patient (cognitive),
  • anticipate the needs of the patient and surgical team in the operating room/surgical environment (cognitive),
  • be proficient in the handling and maintenance of sterile instrumentation and ancillary equipment (psychomotor),
  • prepare and preserve the sterile field in surgical environments (psychomotor),
  • respond appropriately in the delivery of optimal care to all patients (affective) and
  • demonstrate consistent and respectful communication with patients, colleagues and professional staff (affective).

Technical Standards for Surgical Technologist:

A Surgical Technologist must be able to:

  • Stand for extended periods of time (potentially up to six (6) hours at a time).
  • Perform fine motor skills and have manual dexterity.
  • Hold the retractor for long periods of time.
  • Lift instrument trays.
  • Assist with patient positioning and transport.
  • Move equipment and/or table(s).
  • Set up instruments and maintain sterile field.
  • Respond to oral instructions and other auditory sounds.
  • Display mental capacity for problem solving, and numerical calculations.
  • Meet mental capability for communication with staff and for decision making.
  • Maintain a safe environment for the patient.
  • Maintain proper sterilization and decontamination of instruments.
  • Practice Universal Precautions with patients.
  • Differentiate sounds and tones on all equipment.
  • Demonstrate communication and handling skills for patient care

Admission Criteria:

The Surgical Technology Program is open to 10 applicants in a cohort who meet the program criteria and income eligibility. Interested applicants must meet the income eligibility requirements* as specified by the grant program, as well as the application criteria, which includes a high school or high school equivalency transcript (TASC), one year of high school algebra, a 70 or higher on the TEAS exam, two essays and an interview.

*Income Eligibility Requirements

Household size Annual
Single person $23,606
Couple $31,894
Family of three $40,182
For each additional child, add: +$8,288

Source: 2020-2021 Perkins Grant Guidelines

Please contact Carol Turner at turnerc@sunysuffolk.edu or 631-451-4559 for application information.

Graduation Requirements:

The graduation requirements for the program include the completion 1,304 hours of instruction, lab and clinical experiences including the successful completion of a minimum of 120 scrubs at an offsite hospital or surgical center and a 65 average or above.

Program Outline:

The program includes five main content areas:

Content Area Hours
1. Healthcare Sciences 204
2. Technological Sciences 12
3. Patient Care Concepts 6
4. Surgical Technology/Surgical Procedures 920*
5. Professional Practice 25

*The program will require 120 clinical scrub-ins at an off-site hospital and/or surgical center. Participants will be required to provide their own transportation to and from the clinical site.

Support for the development/production of this material was provided in part by a grant under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 administered by the New York State Education Department.