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Surgical Technology

Associate in Applied Science

Program Overview

The surgical technologist’s primary function is to provide a safe and therapeutic environment for the surgical patient by assisting the surgeon and performing related services in the operating room.

Surgical technologists prepare the operating room by creating a sterile field, setting up surgical equipment, supplies and solutions. During surgery, surgical technologists pass instruments, fluids and supplies to the surgeon and prepare and manage surgical equipment.

This program is accredited by CAAHEP and graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Certifying Exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.


Earning Potential

With an associate's degree in this job field, you could have job satisfaction and make a good living. Job growth has risen by 3% over the last 2 years and is expected to stay constant. 

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $40,713 a year.


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About Delta's Program

Delta's program is two semesters long, starting in the fall. It's a cohort program, so students come in as a group and take their classes together from their first semester until their last.

Students have more than 540 clinical hours and have a variety of hospitals/surgical centers to choose from to complete their clinical assignments.

Accreditation

The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (www.arcstsa.org).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Hwy 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Program application process

Getting your degree in the health field is unique compared to other programs. You first take your prerequisite core courses and then you apply for validation.

What's validation?
The registrar's office validates your prerequisite courses to confirm you are eligible to begin the clinical portion of your program.

Success tips

  • Declare the Surgical Technology program.
  • Meet with your advisor regularly. Stay on track with what you need to do to apply.
  • Apply for validation with the registrar's office once you've started your final semester of prerequisite courses.
  • Stay connected for important updates from Delta.
Program effectiveness data

We begin with 15 students each Fall. Our program effectiveness rates for the last five years are as follows:

National Certification Pass Rates
Total percent of candidates in the graduation class who took the CST Exam and passed.

2015, 10/10, 100%
2014, 13/14, 93%
2013, 11/11, 100%
2012, 10/14, 71%
2011, 11/14, 79%

Program Completion Rates*

  • 2015, 10/15, 67%
  • 2014, 14/15, 93%
  • 2013, 11/15, 73%
  • 2012, 14/15, 93%
  • 2011, 14/15, 93%

*Note the program completion rates are calculated once the student is admitted to the clinical portion of the program. It does not include time on wait list.

Employment Rates

  • 2015, 8/10, 80%
  • 2014, 13/14, 93%
  • 2013, 10/11, 93%
  • 2012, 14/14, 100%
  • 2011, 12/14, 86%
Program outcomes

We want to make sure you're ready when you graduate and that the knowledge you gain from your Delta degree is top-notch. When you're done here's what you'll be able to do:

Outcome 1
Demonstrate clinical competence

Outcome 2
Exhibit strong ethical behaviors.

Outcome 3
Describe the value of diversity related to the workplace setting.

Outcome 4
Demonstrate the ability to make independent clinical judgments within the limits of the Surgical Technologist’s responsibilities.

Outcome 5
Demonstrate effective communication skills for the practice setting.

Outcome 6
Demonstrate appropriate critical thinking skills to formulate logical conclusions from the analysis of data.

Why you should choose Delta

Employment rates

Delta College graduates are being recruited by hospitals all over the State of Michigan. Many students over the last several years have received offers of employment prior to graduating from the program. There is a strong need for the services that surgical technologists provide and Delta College remains committed to providing these professionals locally, nationally and globally.

Full accreditation

The faculty and administration are fully committed to the accreditation process. Working with the Accreditation Review Committee on Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education (CAAHEP), Delta maintains the highest level of accreditation for the Surgical Technology Program.

Great history

Delta's Surgical Technology program started in 1974. We believe our vast experience over such a long time period is one reason why our students have high pass rates on the Certified Surgical Technology Exam. Delta consistently averages higher pass rates than the national average pass rate.

State-of-the-art facilities

The surgical technology classroom and labs are part of a $21 million renovation project that was completed in 2013. These state-of-the-art facilities are a true representation of what students will see in actual operating rooms.

Transfer opportunities

One of the very best things about Delta is your ability to start here and go on. And, in the process, save thousands (and thousands) of dollars. It's a smart choice!

In fact, if you're interested in earning a bachelor's degree, you have several options by coming to Delta first, and then transferring. Delta has signed transfer agreements to continue your studies with:

  • Ferris State University - Allied Health Sciences

Visit transfer agreements and guides to see the whole list of transfer opportunities. Have questions? Make an appointment with academic advising to discuss your dreams.

Facts & Figures

Testing materials

88% of students from the last five years passed the CST examination.

Stethescope

90% of Surgical Tech from the last five years are employed.


Related Programs

Delta College offers over 150 degree, certificate and training options. Continue exploring and advancing your education with these related programs:

 

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"Knowing that I am all set as far as a job goes after graduation is a big relief. I am very rooted here, in this area. So having the opportunity to have that externship at the hospital and then take on a position there is very comforting."

Patty Muehlenbeck, Surgical Technology student