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Surgical Technology Program
Surgical Technology Program
Surgical Technology Program
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Overview

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who work under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

The Surgical Technology program is co-sponsored by Walters State and Roane State Community Colleges through the Smoky Mountain Health Sciences Consortium. The program consists of five semesters of full-time study which includes lecture classes held at the Oak Ridge Campus via distance delivery from Walters State Community College Sevierville campus and supervised clinical coursework in an operating room. Labs are conducted on the Oak Ridge campus.

The program is affiliated with several area hospitals. Each student will be assigned to a variety of clinical sites during the two years of clinical coursework. Clinical experiences may include evening rotations.

Applicants for the program may begin working on the general education courses at any time. The professional courses must be taken in sequence and are offered only at the Oak Ridge Branch Campus except for the clinical courses.  
 
ALH 1010, Introduction to Health-Related Professions, is required for all Surgical Technology program applicants and may be taken during the summer semester, 2014 or Fall semester, 2014 for the 2014-2015 academic year. The course does not have to be completed prior to applying for the program.

Salary and Job Outlook

The program will increase the number of surgical technician employees to meet the over 18% increase expected for the 2008-2018 period of time as noted on the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 Job Outlook Data. Surgical technology is considered a high skill-high wage allied health profession and data from the State of Tennessee notes a need for 2970 surgical technologists in the state by 2014. The median annual salary for Tennessee surgical technologists is projected in the range of $40,000.

Work Settings

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who work under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures at a hospital. A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

Location

Lecture classes for the Surgical Technology program are held at the Oak Ridge Campus via distance delivery from Walters State Community College Sevierville campus. Labs are conducted on the Oak Ridge campus.

Program Cost

Roane State Tuition & Fees
All tuition and fees are subject to change by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

* Program courses that are taken in an online format are subject to a distance education fee. A Specialized Allied Health Science Fee of $25 per credit hour will be applied to all Allied Health Science courses. See Tuition and Fees link above.

Books, Supplies and Additional Program Expenses

Books (Visit www.roanestate.edu/bookstore for book titles and prices)
Supplies (uniforms, clinical and lab supplies)
Liability Insurance
Physical examination and immunizations
CPR certification
Criminal background check/Drug screening

Credentialing Requirements

Graduates of the Surgical Technology program are eligible to take the certification examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 West Dry Creek Circle, Ste. 100 Littleton, CO 80120
Toll Free: 1.800.707.0057
FAX: 303.325.2536 

Accreditation

The Smoky Mountain Health Sciences Consortium will pursue accreditation by the appropriate agencies. Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the national certification examination upon the program receiving accreditation.

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