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SJVC’s Surgical Technology program teaches students the theory and application of sterile techniques, human anatomy, and therapeutic and diagnostic surgical procedures.
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There were no surprises. I got everything I was expecting to get. I am a Certified Surgical Technologist for a Level I trauma center where I started almost two years ago.
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Find your path as a Surgical Technologist
Talk to an Admissions Advisor about your options and earn your Associate Degree in Surgical Technology in as few as 15 months.
What Will I Learn?
Anatomy & Physiology
Surgical Case Management
Advanced Surgical Procedures
A Surgical Technologist’s day-to-day job is multifaceted. On any one day, a Surgical Tech may be expected to:1
- Help set up operating room
- Prepare and transport patients for surgery
- Adjust lights and equipment
- Pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeons’ assistants
- Hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
Upon completion of the Surgical Technology program, the successful student will be able to:
- Complete eligibility requirements for the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technologists
- Demonstrate knowledge of surgical technology skills by successfully accomplishing controlled learning activities
- Employ information obtained from biological, social and psychological studies
- Obtain and use knowledge in providing culturally fitting patient care
- Apply acquired skills and knowledge within the clinical setting
- Practice surgical asepsis in diverse clinical backgrounds
- Function as a surgical team member to deliver excellence in patient care
- Demonstrate the development and consistent application of a surgical conscience
- Practice accountability, competence, and character demonstrative of a trained professional
- Practice ownership of learning and maintain responsibility and self-discipline to appraise and incorporate continued learning
- Relate and apply concepts of communication, reasoning, critical analysis, ethical behavior and appropriate interpersonal interaction to situations in his or her career and personal life
- Demonstrate the social skills, professional appearance, attitudes and behavior that employers expect of all SJVC graduate
Instruction includes an extensive clinical rotation to give students hands-on experience in a surgical environment.
In accordance with the 2013 Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology, along with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) Standards Interpretive Guide, namely, Standard V.A.3 and Standard V.C., the program’s position and practice on student work policy is as follows:
“All student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution, nor receive any compensation, in the capacity of a surgical technologist.”
COST & FINANCIAL AID
Education is the most important investment you can make in your future. There is a financial plan available for everyone, including a broad range of financial assistance options. Visit SJVC’s Net Price Calculator to get personalized information on college costs and financial aid. Check out SJVC’s Academic Catalog to learn about program costs by campus and credential level. You also can talk to an Admissions Advisor to discuss the costs of your chosen program and schedule an appointment with an experienced financial aid officer. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
SJVC’s Surgical Technology training program is available at the following campuses:
ACCREDITATION & APPROVALS
San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510)748-9001.
The WSCUC is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.
A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (www.bppe.ca.gov).
Check out our guide on being a Surgical Technologist in California
Surgical Technologists, also known as Operating Room Technicians, have a huge role in the preparation for operations. They set up operating rooms, arrange equipment and help doctors during surgeries.2 One Surgical Technologist says, “We are one of the only health care professionals who get the opportunity to hold a beating heart, touch the brain…and bring life into this world.”3
Ask one of our graduates about their SJVC experience and they’ll likely describe it as life-changing.
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