SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY

The KCC Surgical Technology program provides the students with the professional skills required for a career in health care. The program introduces the student to the theory and practice of Surgical Technology and Perioperative practice in the classroom, laboratory and clinical practice. Students are prepared to function as crucial members of the surgical team and demonstrate knowledge of aseptic techniques, surgical procedures and instrumentation. The learning environment for students facilitates the development of knowledge, skills and values, to easily assimilate the policies and procedures of any health care institution consistent with their scope of practice. Students considered for the Program for Surgical Technology, must be KCC registered and have passed pre-requisites courses, ENG 12 and BIO 11, with a minimum of C or higher and have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.5 or better. Courses from other colleges that applied toward program requirements must have grades submitted.  

KCC Surgical Technologist graduates are employed in hospital operating rooms, delivery rooms, cast rooms, ambulatory care units and central supply departments. They are utilized in clinics, ophthalmologists, physicians and dentists’ offices, and able to function very well in such diverse areas as medical sales, product development and research, laser technology and bio-medical engineering.

A.A.S. IN SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY

Surgical TechA.A.S. IN SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY

Skills Acquired:

  • Critical Thinking - Surgical technologists must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Surgical technologists have to give full attention to what doctors are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Operation Monitoring - Surgical technologists must watch gauges, dials or other indicators to make sure machines are working properly.
  • Multitasking - Through practice, surgical technologists develop the ability to accurately complete a cognitive task while executing a technical skill, communicating with other members of the surgical team simultaneously in a timely manner.
  • Teamwork mentalityThe most important skill a surgical technologist develops is the ability to work as an integral member of a surgical team, to make the difference and effectively communicate to successfully assist surgeons in completing surgical procedures.
  • Surgical Skills based on specialized knowledge: Surgical technologist are trained in anatomy, biology, medical terminology, pharmacology, perioperative care and safety of patients, sterilization techniques, how to set up technical or robotic equipment, and ways to prevent and control infections to make educated decisions while assisting in surgery.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Surgical technologists are essential members of the surgical team and their primary role is to prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help surgeons during surgeries. They are responsible for maintaining the sterility of the operating room and surgical instrumentation.

KCC Surgical Technologist graduates are typically employed in hospital operating rooms, delivery rooms, cast rooms, ambulatory care units and central supply departments and sterilization process. Their clinical training is also utilized in clinics, ophthalmologists, physicians and dentists’ offices, and able to function very well in such diverse areas as medical sales, product development and research, laser technology and bio-medical engineering. New trends of education in surgical technology and advanced education, empower surgical technologists to become educators in the field of surgical technology, operating room facilitators and coordinators.

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK

Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

To be considered for the Program for Surgical Technology, students must pass the CUNY ACT in Reading and Writing and the COMPASS Math test or meet all requirements for existing developmental coursework. Students who have not passed these examinations may not be admitted to the Curriculum Code for Surgical Technology.  ENG 12 and BIO 11 are pre-requisites for entry into the program. The student must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a grade of C in all courses required for the program. Courses from other colleges to be applied toward program requirements must have grades submitted for them.  

As of Fall 2010 all Surgical Technology students must provide documentation as to legal status in one of these categories:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Permanent residency
  • International Student with F1 status
  • Granted asylum, refugee Status, Temporary protected Status, Withholding of Removal, or
  • deferred Action Status by the U.S. Government.

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY STUDENT HANDBOOK

On behalf of the Faculty and staff of the Department of Nursing, I am pleased to welcome you to the Surgical Technology Program. We hope that you will have a gratifying, scholarly journey as a student here at Kingsborough Community College. 
This handbook contains valuable information to facilitate your achievement of academic and professional excellence as a surgical technology student. Please keep it as a reference throughout your education. It is a supplement to the College Catalog and College Student Handbook. All information contained in this handbook is subject to change. Changes will be published as they occur.

Student Handbook  SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY click to download (pdf)

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CRITERIA FOR RETENTION IN THE SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST PROGRAM

Criteria for retention in the Surgical Technology Program mandates that students:

Receive no more that two grades below C in any of the pre or co-requisite courses.
Earn a minimum grade of C in all Surgical Technology Courses
Students earning less than a C grade in a Surgical Technology Course may repeat the course one time. Students who repeat a course must attain a grade of "B" to pass the second time.
A second earned grade of less than C in any Surgical Technology course will result in dismissal from the Program.
Clinical Performance in the Practicum Courses must be at a Satisfactory level to remain in the program

 

PRACTICUM REQUIREMENTS

After the initial semester, the student registers for a Practicum each semester. This is clinical practice in the Operating Room at various clinical agencies participating in surgical procedures.

NOTE: Your particular degree requirements correspond to the College Catalog for the semester/year your entered Kingsborough or last changed your major. If you need a catalog earlier than the current catalog, please click here (/archivedcollegecatalogs/catalog.html).

Surgical Technology

Requirement: http://catalog.kingsborough.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=9&poid=537&returnto=629

Degree Map  A.A.S. Surgical Technology: http://catalog.kingsborough.edu/mime/media/9/396/Degree+Map+for+Surgical+Technology%2C+A.A.S..pdf

KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT SUCCESS STATISTICS
Year of Graduation # of Student Graduated # of Student who took the Exam   # of student who passed the CST Exam % of Students who passed the CST Exam (0 on Their First Attempt) % OF STUDENTS EMPLOYED OR CONTINUING THEIR EDUCATION
2018 12 12

 11

 92%  Not Reported Yet
2017 11 11  11  100%  91%
2016 18 18  18  100%  83%
2015 10 10  9  90%  100%
2014 11 11  11  100%  90%
2013 12 12  12  100%  83%
2012 12 12  10  83%  92%
2011 12 12  11  92%  83%
2010 14 14 14  100%  90%