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SJVC’s Surgical Technology program teaches students the theory and application of sterile techniques, as well as human anatomy and therapeutic and diagnostic surgical procedures.
Students in our Surgical Technology program learn:
Students learn in a simulated operating room environment and participate in clinical rotations to gain direct experience in a medical/surgical environment.
In accordance to the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), Standard V.A.3. and 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.”
View SJVC’s Surgical Technology Program goals and learning domains.
Courses* taken by our Surgical Technology students include:
Surgical Case Management Orientation to the surgical environment includes introduction of the roles of the surgical team members, attire, furniture, instrumentation, equipment, and supplies. The principles of asepsis and the practice of sterile technique are introduced. Fundamental elements of the three phases of surgical case management are presented. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.
Basic Surgical Procedures This course introduces noninvasive and invasive diagnostic procedures as well as basic surgical interventions for the following: general, obstetric and gynecologic, endoscopic, otorhinolaryngologic, genitourinary, trauma, and orthopedic. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.
Advanced Surgical Procedures This course encompasses an in-depth study of relevant surgical anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and diagnostic interventions as well as factors unique to the following advanced procedure areas: ophthalmic, oral and maxillofacial, plastic and reconstructive, oncologic, cardiothoracic, peripheral vascular, neurosurgical, and pediatric. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.
All Surgical Technology Case Requirements can be viewed from the ST 6th Edition Core Curriculum.
*Course listings are subject to change. Reference the SJVC College Catalog for the most current program information.
Students can earn an Associate of Science degree in as few as 15 months.
Graduates also earn CPR certification and are eligible to apply to the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) National Certification Exam.*
*While the program offered on both the Rancho Cordova and Temecula campuses is in the process of seeking accreditation, students are allowed to sit for the NBSTSA Comprehensive (Secure) CST Practice Exam. If the program obtains ARC/STSA Initial Accreditation status, then graduates will be eligible to apply to sit for the CST national certification exam.
OAE-CST PASS-RATE – CURRENT DATA
Outcomes Assessment Exam elected for this reporting year (2018): CST
OAE-CST PASS RATE – TRENDS DATA
The ARC-STSA Threshold for CST pass rate is 70%.
SJVC’s Surgical Technology program is available at the following campuses:
Surgical Technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon in clean, brightly lit and relatively quiet environments. Surgical Technologists stand for most of the day and perform duties that require concentration for extended periods of time. They enjoy job stability, a good salary and consistent work schedule.
Surgical Technologists can expect to work in:
The Surgical Technology program delivered at the Bakersfield and Fresno campuses is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA).
ARC-STSA 6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Ste. 110 Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 694-9262 | http://www.arcstsa.org/
CAAHEP 25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 (727) 210 2350 | http://www.caahep.org
The Surgical Technology program on SJVC’s Rancho Cordova and Temecula campuses is new and not yet accredited. Both campuses are in the process of emerging accreditation.
San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at www.accjc.org.
CALIFORNIA 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 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8) and Title 5, Division 7.5 – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations.
Any questions that a student may have regarding the college catalog and/or catalog supplement that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at:
Mailing Address P.O. Box 980818 West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
Physical Address 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400 Sacramento, CA 95833
Telephone Numbers Toll free (888) 370-7589 (916) 431-6959
Fax Number (916) 263-1897
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