The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) 1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756. The one-year (full-time) Surgical Technology Program provides technical and educational experiences that prepare the graduate for the position as a surgical technologist in the operating room and to meet the eligible criteria to write the national certification examination sponsored by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. New classes begin in the summer semester of each year. Applications are processed prior to the actual beginning of the surgical technology program. Admission to the program is based upon completion of all requirements as listed below with student selection according to the TEAS V scores; co requisite class progress (BIOL 2404 & HITT 1305); and interview.
Criminal background history checks and Drug Screening are required before entry into the clinical sites. Drug testing may be administered at any time by Temple College or any health care facility associated with Temple College. The criminal background history check and Drug Screening will be at the expense of the student. Failure to meet the criminal background and drug screening requirements of the clinical sites will result in dismissal from the program.
Students desiring admission to the Surgical Technology Program must complete the following:
1. Complete the Temple College admission procedure.
2. Attend Surgical Technology Information Session (call department for dates and time).
3. Pass the TEAS V pre-entrance examination with established departmental minimum score.
4. Submit a formal application to the program.
Uniforms in the classroom will consist of a Caribbean blue scrub suit with name badge, white knee-length lab coat and professional shoes. A list of anticipated expenditures is provided at the Information Session.
Students will be required to meet the criminal background requirements and submit a physical examination, including all immunizations, complete Hepatitis B series and medical-mandated tests, with medical clearance by a physician to gain entrance to clinical setting and provide patient care as well as possess an up to date CPR Certification for Health Care Providers.
Requirements for graduation include:
1. Complete all Surgical Technology curriculum courses with a grade of “C” or better.
2. Pass the Surgical Technology Exit Examination with grade of “C” or better
3. Complete program required clinical competencies.
4. Present a current “Health Care Provider” or “Professional Rescuer CPR” certificate.
5. Sit for the Association of Surgical Technology National Certification Examination.
Work Policy Statement - All student activities associated with the curriculum especially while students are completing his or her clinical rotations will be educational in nature. Students will not receive monetary remuneration during this educational experience, nor will he/she be substituted for hired staff personnel with the clinical institution, in the capacity of a surgical technologist. Students are provided opportunity to join the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc. Additional information concerning a career as a surgical technologist is available at www.ast.org.