Surgical Technology


Mission Statement

The ECC Surgical Technology Program empowers graduates to pass the NBSTSA Certification exam and function as surgical technologists in diverse health care settings. The graduates of the program enrich our communities by contributing to the service workforce, providing safe, competent, professional care in a diverse and ever-changing allied healthcare field.

The Surgical Technology program is offered at the East Central College Rolla Main campus located at the Rolla Technical Center.  Surgical Technology is a one-plus-one-degree program that prepares students to practice as surgical technologists (ST). Upon graduation, students will receive their Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology and will be eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to obtain certification. Surgical Technologists work in a variety of settings including hospital surgery units, surgical centers, labor and delivery, dentists/oral surgeons offices, veterinary offices, travel companies, and central sterile supply units.

Students will learn using state-of-the-art equipment in the surgical suite simulation lab and classroom that they will then apply in a clinical externship.  Surgical Technologists are vital members of the surgical team. Students will learn concepts of aseptic technique, instrumentation, surgical procedures, and patient care. Additionally, students learn to anticipate the needs of the surgeon and assist the surgeon throughout the procedure.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Certifying Examination offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

In full transparency, ECC is actively seeking a change of sponsorship from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), and the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA). The program has received full approval from the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development (MDHEWD), the Coordinating Board on Higher Education (CBHE), the Department of Education (DOE), and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Rolla Public Schools wish to focus their programming on secondary (high school) offerings at this time. This will allow ECC to become the fiscal agent for the program and be the sole grantor of the degree beginning August 1, 2022. With the change in sponsorship, ECC is committed to the integrity of the program from curriculum, to faculty and program operations as well as current and ongoing accreditation standards. The program will remain in our Rolla service region and continue to utilize space at RTI/C. Our collective goal is to prevent any interruption in the program and program start date.

The Surgical Technology program at East Central College meets the state education requirements for employment in the state of Missouri.  East Central College has not determined if the Surgical Technology program meets the education requirements for employment in any other state, U.S. territory, of the District of Columbia.  ECC graduates sit for the National Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam.  The CST is recognized nationally but is not required for employment in Missouri.

Additional Information & Helpful Links:

Professional Organizations:

The Surgical Technology Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon recommendation of the ARC-STSA Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (arcstsa.org).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 – 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
727-210-2350

ARC/STSA
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
303-741-3655

To enter this course of study, students must meet these institution and program-specific criteria:

  • High school diploma or the equivalent
    (documentation must be sent to the registration office)
  • Application for admission to ECC
  • A placement test as specified by the college
    (some coursework requires minimum placement results)
  • Cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • TEAS Admission Test taken in the last two years with a minimum composite score of 50%
  • Completion of prerequisites with a “C” or better
  • 4 Hours of Job Shadowing
  • Satisfactory criminal background check and
    drug screening once accepted to the programmer

Surgical Technology Admissions Test Due July 1, 2022

Application Information

 

Job Shadowing Resources for Applicants

Mercy Washington
2019 Shadowing Package

Missouri Baptist Sullivan
Heather Sluis, MSN, RN
Clinical Educator/Clinical Supervisor of Training & Development
573-468-4186 x 1827

Phelps Health
Mid-Missouri Area Health Education Centers

Additional Information & Links: 

Career Opportunities

Surgical Technologists are vital members of the surgical team. Surgical technologists work under the supervision and delegatory authority of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive and non-invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical technologists are experts in the theory and application of the principles of asepsis and sterile technique to combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation and tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.’(AST)

Employment Opportunities and Salary Ranges:

The surgical technology profession is experiencing faster-than-average job growth. Employment for surgical technologists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Individual salaries vary by geographic location, amount of education and experience, and the type and size of the employer. On average, a surgical technologist will start with an annual salary of $33,000-$39,000 ($16.00-$19.00 hourly). For more information about a career in surgical technology please refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Surgical technologists find opportunities in several areas:

  • Hospital surgery units
  • Outpatient surgical centers
  • Labor and delivery
  • Dentists/oral surgeons offices
  • Veterinary offices
  • Travel companies
  • Central sterile supply units

Surgical Technology Student Program Curriculum Outcome Goals

Upon completion of the program of Surgical Technology, the Graduate Surgical Technologist shall:

  1. Apply knowledge and skills from the biological sciences to safely perform during the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases of patient care.
    1. Cognitive Domain: Students must complete coursework in anatomy and physiology, and apply the knowledge obtained as the basis for understanding theoretical surgical technology concepts taught in all trimesters.
    2. Psychomotor Domain: Surgical technology laboratory courses incorporate the fundamentals learned during science courses as students practice the motor skills associated with operating room competencies.
    3. Affective Domain: Students learn to apply critical thinking skills, using knowledge learned during basic biological science courses as the basis for decisions made during the performance of operating room procedures.
  2. Utilize appropriate medical terminology to communicate clearly and effectively with patients, physicians, and co-workers and provide for accurate documentation.
    1. Cognitive Domain: Students learn the pronunciation, spelling, and meaning of the most commonly used medical terms in preparation for application within the surgical setting.
    2. Psychomotor Domain: Practical application of words and abbreviations in operative reports and documentation is practiced and assessed in the laboratory classes and during clinical rotations.
    3. Affective Domain: Students learn that the appropriate use of medical terminology promotes professionalism and identity as a member of the surgical team.
  3. Employ appropriate ethical, professional, and respectful values while providing care to diverse populations within the healthcare system.
    1. Cognitive Domain: Students are introduced to the concepts of professionalism, ethics, and values during the first Professional Prep course; “Ethics and Professionalism”. Knowledge regarding ethical issues forms the framework for safe and ethical practice. Promotion of the profession at the state and national level is emphasized throughout the program. Cultural competency concepts are reinforced throughout the program to provide students with the tools needed to practice culturally competent care.
    2. Psychomotor Domain: Students practice and are assessed for their application of professional attributes in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical rotations.
    3. Affective Domain: The concepts of professionalism are taught throughout the program to guide student behavior in the profession of surgical technology. Interactive assignments where students discuss and challenge each other facilitate student’s understanding of their own frame of reference, enabling students to understand how their cultural and ethical mindset impacts their interactions with patients and the surgical team.
  4. Demonstrate a strong surgical conscience, accountability, and legal implications of an individual’s actions as a member of the surgical team.
    1. Cognitive Domain: Students are introduced to the concepts of surgical conscience, accountability, and legal implications of one’s actions throughout the entire Surgical Technology Program. The concepts are reinforced in every course throughout the program as they are fundamental to the profession.
    2. Psychomotor Domain: Students practice and are assessed for their application of surgical conscience and accountability in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical rotations. Legal concepts, such as charting and compliance with confidentiality, are assessed during clinical rotations.
    3. Affective Domain: The concepts of surgical conscience, accountability, and legal implications are taught at the beginning of the program to guide student behavior in the profession of surgical technology.
  5. Integrate knowledge gained in core surgical technology courses to prepare for and assist with surgical interventions.
    1. Cognitive Domain: Surgical Technology courses are designed to provide students with the theoretical basis to prepare for and assist with surgical interventions. Knowledge gained is sequential, progressing from the simple to the complex, enabling students to evolve from simple comprehension of theoretical material to application of complex skills.
    2. Psychomotor Domain: During laboratory courses and clinical rotations, students progressively apply the theoretical surgical technology concepts in the performance of surgical technology competencies.
    3. Affective Domain: Knowledge gained in ST courses prepares students for the emotional challenges that may be encountered before, during and after surgical interventions.
  6. Utilize learned competencies to assemble and operate instruments, equipment and supplies for the delivery of patient care as an entry-level practitioner during basic surgical procedures.
    1. Cognitive Domain: Surgical Technology laboratory and clinical courses are designed to provide students with the practical skills to prepare for and assist with surgical interventions, knowledge gained is sequential, progressing from the simple to the complex, enabling students to evolve from simple comprehension of theoretical material to application of complex skills.
    2. Psychomotor Domain: During laboratory courses and clinical rotations, students progressively apply skills in the performance of surgical interventions.
    3. Affective Domain: Knowledge gained in laboratory and clinical courses prepare students for entry- level practice as a surgical technologist.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to prioritize and organize the surgical field, while considering the physiology and urgency of patient care needs.
    1. Cognitive Domain: Surgical Technology courses are designed to provide students with the theoretical basis to prepare for and assist with surgical interventions. Knowledge gained is sequential, progressing from the simple to the complex, enabling students to evolve from simple comprehension of theoretical material to application of complex skills.
    2. Psychomotor Domain: During laboratory courses and clinical rotations, students progressively apply the concept of prioritization and critical thinking skills in the performance of surgical technology competencies.
    3. Affective Domain: Students learn to apply critical thinking skills, using knowledge learned during core courses as the basis for decisions made during the performance of operating room procedures and basic perioperative patient care.
  8. Demonstrate an entry-level knowledge base by successfully completing the Certification exam.
    1. Cognitive Domain: Surgical technology core and supporting courses are designed to provide students with the theoretical basis to take the Certification Exam.
    2. Psychomotor Domain: Students apply knowledge from all core/supporting course work in taking the Certification Exam.
  9. Affective Domain: Students integrate knowledge from all core/supporting coursework regarding the values that characterize the profession of surgical technology in taking the Certification exam.

Jennifer Wall, M.Ed., CST
Program Director
ECC-Rolla Main-Office 135
500 Forum Drive
Rolla, MO 65401
573-899-8053
jennifer.wall@eastcentral.edu

Megan VanBibber, BS, CST
Clinical Coordinator
ECC-Rolla Main-Office 137
500 Forum Drive
Rolla, MO 65401
573-899-8054
jennifer.wall@eastcentral.edu

Molly Vroman 
Administrative Assistant – Rolla Main
500 Forum Drive
Rolla, MO 65401
573-899-8055
julie.beck@eastcentral.edu

Nancy Mitchell, MSN, RN
Dean of Health Sciences
Health Science Building – Suite 105
1964 Prairie Dell Road
Union, MO 63084
636-584-6616
nancy.mitchell@eastcentral.edu

Julie Beck
Program Assistant for Allied Health
Health Science Building – Suite 105
1964 Prairie Dell Road
Union, MO 63084
636-584-6616
julie.beck@eastcentral.edu