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Surgical Technology Program

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.

Program Competencies

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

Accreditation

The SMHSC Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation Commission on Accreditation on Allied Health Education (CAAHEP).

Commission of Accreditation Commission on Accreditation on Allied Health Education (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North
Suite 158
Clearwater, Florida 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354
www.caahep.org

Professional Organizations

Contact

Marty Rucker
martel.rucker@ws.edu
Acting Program Director

Admission Requirements

Surgical Technology Admission Policies

Applications required for the Surgical Technology Program

RSCC Application - Steps 1 and 2 are required for admission to the College and Allied Health Sciences programs.

Program Outcomes

The mission of the Roane State Community College nursing program is to advance the overall purpose and mission of the college by providing a career-oriented educational program in nursing which is responsive to community need, responsible to individuals and accountable to the constituencies which it serves.

The student who successfully completes the Roane State Community College nursing program will demonstrate eight core components of nursing practice. These relate to professional behaviors, communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, teaching and learning, collaboration and managing care.

The expected levels of achievement for program outcomes relating to graduation rate, licensure pass rate and job placement are as follows:

  1. Licensure exam pass rate is ≥ 85% or at or above the national mean, whichever is higher.
  2. Graduation rate of at least 60% of the students entering the nursing program in the fall will complete the program within 150% of the standard curriculum length.
  3. Job placement rate is at least 95% of those graduates who respond to the survey and are seeking employment will be employed within a year of graduation.

NCLEX-RN Licensure Pass Rate

Year RSCC Pass Rate National Mean
2013 84% 83%
2014 84% 82%
2015 93% 85%
2016 91% 85%

*Rounded to nearest whole number

Program Completion Rate

Graduation Rate within 150% of time from Admission

Admission Year Graduation Rate
Admitted Fall 2010 (graduated spring 2013) 78%
Admitted Fall 2011 (graduated spring 2014) 77%
Admitted Fall 2012 (graduated spring 2015) 80%
Admitted Fall 2013 (graduated spring 2016) 61%

*Rounded to nearest whole number

Job Placement Rate

95% or higher within a year of graduation

Year Placement Rate
2012 97%
2013 95%
2014 98%
2015 97%

*Rounded to nearest whole number

Faculty & Staff

Administrative Staff

Patricia Jenkins
Click above for email address
(865) 354-3000 ext. 4809
Dean

Tammy Robinette
Click above for email address
(865) 354-3000 ext. 4708
Administrative Secretary
A.S., Roane State Community College - Business Management
Certified Professional Secretary
Certified Administrative Professional - Organizational Management

Mariella Akers
Click above for email address
(865) 481-2000 ext .2007
Oak Ridge Allied Health - Oak Ridge Campus Office

Michael P Burtch
Click above for email address
(865) 354-3000 ext. 4705
Allied Health Science/Nursing Admissions Advisor

Faculty

Marty Rucker
martel.rucker@ws.edu
Acting Program Director
M.S.N., R.N.

Jennifer Jacobs
Click above for email address
(865) 354-3000 ext. 4985
Clinical Coordinator
B.A., A.A., C.S.T.

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