Do you have an associate's in a health field, but want to switch careers? This advanced certificate might be the answer. In just two semesters you can be job-ready.
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, they 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.
Your earning potential could increase with an advanced degree. Job growth has risen
by 3% over the past 2 years and is expected to remain about the same.
In this field, it is estimated you could earn $39,445 a year.
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At Delta, you get small classes, professors who see your potential and resources to help you succeed. Delta professors are here to teach. And, they're really good at it.
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.
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
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Clearwater, FL 33763
Getting your degree in the health field is unique compared to other programs. You must first take your prerequisite core courses, and then you apply for validation.
The Registrar's Office validates your prerequisite courses to confirm you are eligible to begin the clinical portion of your program.
- Declare the Physical Therapist Assistant 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.
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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 waitlist.
- 2015, 8/10, 80%
- 2014, 13/14, 93%
- 2013, 10/11, 93%
- 2012, 14/14, 100%
- 2011, 12/14, 86%
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:
Demonstrate clinical competence
Exhibit strong ethical behaviors.
Describe the value of diversity related to the workplace setting.
Demonstrate the ability to make independent clinical judgments within the limits of the Surgical Technologist’s responsibilities.
Demonstrate effective communication skills for the practice setting.
Demonstrate appropriate critical thinking skills to formulate logical conclusions from the analysis of data.
Total credits: 58
|Books and supplies||$2,900|
|Off-campus room and board||$8,244|
*Program costs listed are estimated and are subject to change at any time. Students will receive final costs at the time of course registration each semester.
Why you should choose Delta
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.
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.
Delta's program began in 1974. We believe our vast experience over such a long time period is one reason why our students have such a great pass rates on the Certified Surgical Technology Exam. Delta consistently averages higher pass rates than the national average pass rate.
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 you will see in actual operating rooms.
Facts & Figures
88% of students from the last five years passed the CST examination.
90% of Surgical Tech from the last five years are employed.
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