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Surgical Technology

Published or Revised August 02, 2018

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.

Program 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.

While delivering a standardized core curriculum published by the Association of Surgical Technologist (AST), the program offers a Certificate (45-SH) or Associate of Applied Science (60-SH) pathway depending on general academic support course elections. The program-core includes six courses specific to surgical technology (course prefix SRGT) which require prior program application/admission. Specific foundation courses are also required with either pathway, and completion/grade-point average (GPA) considerations from completed courses will contribute to the prospective student’s admission application score. There are two opportunities for program admission annually (spring and summer). Enrollment is limited, and applications should be submitted during the preceding semester (spring/fall). Program enrollment will include two semesters of hospital-based clinical training, with required clinical-site attendance.

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 Program Coordinator, at 903.782.0738 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Applications and application guidelines, “How it Works”, are available upon request (phone, e-mail, or in-person at the Bobby R. Walters Workforce Training on the Paris campus).

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

Outcomes Assessment Examination (OAE) Pass Rate

All program graduates are expected to participate in Web-Based Testing (WBT) of 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*
2018, Fall Cohort (pending)    
2018, Spring Cohort 100% Currently unavailable
2017, Spring Cohort 88.9% 77.9%
2016, Spring Cohort 66.7% 76.9%
2015, Spring Cohort 83.3% 75.5%
2014, Spring Cohort 80% 74.4%
2013, Spring Cohort 90% 75.5%
PJC Six-Year Average
National Five-Year Average
84.8%
76.0%
* 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 (%)
2018, Fall Cohort (pending)  
2018, Spring Cohort 100%
2017, Spring Cohort 100%
2016, Spring Cohort 89%
2015, Spring Cohort 83%
2014, Spring Cohort 100%
2013, Spring Cohort 90%
2012, Spring Cohort 85%
Graduate Placement: PJC Seven-Year Average 92.4%
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