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Surgical Technology

Published or Revised August 19, 2015

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, and the Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and 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).

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