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Surgical Technology

Published or Revised May 05, 2016

Paris Junior College's Surgical Technology Program prepares students for entry-level employment as surgical technologists in the acute-care operating room environment under the direct supervision of licensed health-care providers. As an essential member of the surgical team, the surgical technologist assists in providing quality patient care in the surgical suite.

Principles of safety and sterility are emphasized, and specialized skills are developed. The surgical technologist will prepare the surgical field, pass instruments to surgeons, cut sutures, and assist with tissue retraction and surgical site visualization.

From preparation to anticipation and critical thinking, the surgical technologist helps the surgical team accomplish safe and efficient surgical intervention for a variety of surgical specialties.

Completion of the program earns the Certificate of Surgical Technology from Paris Junior College, and graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certifying Examination for Surgical Technologist (Capstone) in order to achieve the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) credential.

The certification examination is administered by the National Board of Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assisting, http://www.nbstsa.org/. The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), located at 25400 U.S. Hwy 19, Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida 33763, by recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee in Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA), located at #6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite #210, Littleton, Colorado 80120.

The program begins in the Fall Semester and consists of 45 credit hours, including two semesters of hospital-based clinical training. Core courses begin with the Summer I semester. Applications are accepted year-round.

For more information about PJC's Surgical Technology Program, contact Norm Gilbert, Surgical Technology Instructor, at 903.782.0738 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Please note the following Program Effectiveness, Student/Graduate Achievement Data.

Outcomes Assessment Examination (OAE) Pass Rate

All program graduates are expected to participate in the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Examination administered by The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Outcomes are reported annually to the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) benchmarks for participation and pass-rate are 100% and 70% respectfully. The most recently-reported Paris Junior College (PJC) outcomes and corresponding national-average pass-rates are provided below:
Cohort Graduation Year PJC CST Examination Pass Rate (%) Annual National Pass Rate (%), CST Exam*
2016, due May 2017    
2015, reported 2016 83.3 70.0 Aug. 1, 2014 - July 31, 2015
2014, reported 2015 80 69.80 Aug. 1, 2013 - July 31, 2014
2013, reported 2014 90 71.5 Aug. 1, 2012 - July 31, 2013
PJC Three-Year Average 84.4  
* National CST Exam pass-rates provided by NBSTSA: http://www.nbstsa.org/certification-statistics.html

Placement Rate

Graduate placement rates are a required reported-outcome, and are provided annually to the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) benchmark for placement is 80%, and placement-rate, within 1-year of graduation, is reported and defined as: employed in the surgical environment or directly related field, active-duty military placement, or continuation of education. The most recently-reported Paris Junior College (PJC) placement outcomes are provided below:
Cohort Graduation Year Placement Rate (%)
2015, due May 2017  
2014,reported 2016 100
2013, reported 2015 90
2012, reported 2014 85
2011, reported 2013 87
PJC Four-Year Average 90.5
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