Surgical Technology at HCC
Associate in Science
The Housatonic Community College (HCC) Surgical Technology Program is licensed by the Connecticut Board of Regents and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Once students enrolled in the HCC Surgical Technology Program successfully complete the requirements of the two-year Associate of Science Degree Program, they will be eligible to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) examination. A passing score on this exam will grant the student status as a Certified Surgical Technologist, employable in all 50 states.
About Surgical Technology
Surgical Technologists are integral members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, registered nurses, and anesthesia personnel. Surgical technologists are also responsible for assembling and organizing all the specialized instruments, equipment and tools needed for a wide variety of surgical procedures. They are experts in sterile technique, responsible for maintaining the sterile field during surgery.
Outcome Assessment Examination Results
- 92% of the students were NBSTSA/CST exam eligible.
- 57% of the students passed the CST Exam.
- 70% of the students were placed in jobs.
Program Outcome statistics are from the 2016 Cohort. There is no graduating cohort for the 2018 annual report.
The Surgical Technology program prepares students to be competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains. Graduates will qualify to become certified through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) examination.
Apply principles of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology to perioperative patient care.
- Distinguish the elements, action, and use of medications and anesthetic agents used during the perioperative experience.
- Demonstrate safe practice in the role of Surgical Technologist.
- Display competence in technical skills and aseptic technique in the perioperative environment.
- Practice responsible and accountable behavior within the role and competencies of the Surgical Technologist.
- Organize the intraoperative environment efficiently as a member of the surgical team.
- Apply learned knowledge and skills in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains to become nationally certified as a Surgical Technologist.
The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of Surgical Technologists is nationally projected to grow 15% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than average.Please download the information packet here!
Surgical Technology Catalog
GCC Surgical Tech Program