If you are interested in providing hands-on patient care in a fast-paced hospital environment, a degree in Surgical Technology may be the challenge to kick-start a satisfying medical career. As an integral part of every hospital operating room, surgical technologists are highly valued players with responsibilities that include assisting surgeons, and working with registered nurses, anesthesiologists, and other hospital staff to care for the surgical patient.
The San Jacinto College surgical technology program:
- Offers a curriculum that combines classroom theory with supervised clinical practicum;
- Offers students hands-on operating room experience on how to prepare equipment, surgical supplies and medications, pass instruments to surgeons and assistants, monitor counts, care for specimens for lab analysis, and apply dressing, as well as operate lights, suction machines, and endoscopy equipment; and
- Trains students for surgical and post-surgical procedures that meet Universal Standards/Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
This is a selective admission program. Class size is determined by the availability of clinical space, and a limited number of students are admitted into the program bi-annually. Limited enrollment ensures a quality laboratory and clinical experience as needed to become a competent entry-level surgical technologist. The 12-month certificate program accepts new students in August and January. Students seeking an associate degree may complete their additional requirements before or after completing the 12-month certificate program.
A criminal background check and drug testing are mandatory along with immunizations, physical examination, proof of health insurance, and proof of American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation training, Basic Life Support (CPR-BLS).
The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Upon receiving either the certificate of technology or the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, the graduate is eligible to take the National Certification exam by the National Board of Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants. The state of Texas requires all surgical technologists to be certified.
Hospitals are the primary employers of surgical technologists.
Private specialty practices such as ophthalmology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, and plastic/reconstructive surgery, also hire surgical technologists.
There has been an increase of Surgical Technologists seeking the Certified First Assistant position. With the AAS and further training, the Licensed Surgical Assistant (LSA) is qualified to work in a specialty position with a surgeon or a group.
Surgical Technologist median salary: $53,692 per year1
Source: texaswages.com, Gulf Coast region, 2018.
For additional information, students may contact 281-478-3612.
For application packet and information session details, students may go to the Surgical Technology page on the College website.
Mandatory Information Sessions
The pre-requisites and mandatory information session details can be found here.
- Information and Program Application
- Program Admission Scoring Rubric
- Certificate of Technology Degree Plan
- Associate of Applied Science Degree Plan
- CST Exam Pass Rates
- Estimated Program Costs