Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology Vision

The Odessa College Surgical Technology Program is committed to be a premier leader of innovative surgical technology education; empowering students to take ownership of their education 

CAAHEP Accreditation

The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Counsel on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida 33763. Telephone number 727-210-2350

Surgical Technology Goal (Mission Statement)

The mission of the Surgical Technology Program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as entry-level surgical technologists and become contributing members of the health care team.  This will be accomplished by (1) preparing competent graduates in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains, and (2) meeting or exceeding the criteria set forth in the current CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology. The department is committed to preparing graduates to support societal and technological advancements, aligning with the college’s mission to model excellence in service to the community.

Introduction to Surgical Technology

The Surgical Technology Program offers a Level II Certificate and an Associate Degree in Applied Science. The curriculum includes selected science courses which provide the basis for in-depth consideration of both theory and clinical application of principles utilized in Surgical Technology.

Basic courses in the theoretical aspects of Surgical Technology encompass lecture, clinical and laboratory instruction. Throughout the program, students are provided with hands-on experience in cooperation with community hospitals under the direction of the program director, program faculty and clinical preceptors.

Surgical Technologists share equal responsibility with the faculty, physicians, residents, nurses, ancillary staff, surgeons, and others, in the welfare of the patient while working under the direct supervision of the surgeon. To this extent professionalism, personal appearance, and teamwork, are vital in providing for the patient the best possible manner; hard skills (technical) and soft skills (behavioral) will be emphasized throughout this program relative to the final expected outcomes for the patient and the role of the valued health care employee.

Program Outcomes Information:

Retention – Class of:

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

New Admits

6 of 10=

60%

Readmits

None

ARC/STSA Retention Threshold

60%

Total Retention % by class

60%

CST Exam Rates– Class of:

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

ARC/STSA 1st time Pass Rate Threshold:

70%

 CST Exam 1st time Pass Rates

50%

ARC/STSA Exam Participation Rate Threshold

100%

 Exam participation Rate

100%

Employment Information– Class of:

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

ARC/STSA Graduate Placement Threshold

85%

 Graduate Placement within 1 year

100%

ARC/STSA Employer Survey Return Rate Threshold

50%

Employer Survey Return Rate

Pending

ARC/STSA Employer survey Satisfaction Rate Threshold

85%

Employer Survey Satisfaction Rate

pending

Graduate Information  – Class of:

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

ARC/STSA Graduate Survey Return Rate Threshold

50%

Graduate Survey Return Rate

100%

ARC/STSA Graduate Survey Satisfaction Rate Threshold

85%

Graduate Survey Satisfaction Rate

100%

Links

Admission Requirements

Surgical Technology Student Handbook

OC Surgical Technology Application for Admission

Essential Performance Standards for Admission and Progression

Surgical Technology Courses

Course of Study for Associate in Applied Science Degree - Surgical Technology

Pre-Participation Physical Form

Contact

Kristine Flickinger
Surgical Technologist Instructor/Program Director
Office: Health Sciences Building (HSB) 100D
Phone: 432-335-6459
Email: kflickinger@odessa.edu