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Northeast State surgical technology class

The Surgical Technology program prepares students for a career as a member of a surgical team in the operating room under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. Special emphasis is placed upon the skills involved in scrubbing and circulating duties during surgical procedures and in the preparation and maintenance of sterile and non-sterile supplies. Surgical Technology training is delivered through a combination of classroom instruction (Didactic and Psychomotor skills) and a clinical experience. Upon successful completion of the courses, students are eligible to sit for the National Certifying Examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Degrees available at Northeast State:


Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Telephone: 727.210.2350

19751 E. Mainstreet, Suite 339
Parker, CO 80138
Telephone: 303.694.9262

Northeast State Health Professions - Surgical Technology

  • 120 total cases are required for completion of program along with 320 clinical hours.
  • The cases must be broken down into 30 General Surgery cases, 20 first scrubbed and 10 first or second scrubbed.
  • 90 Specialty cases must also be completed with 60 cases being first scrubbed and 30 cases either first or second scrubbed.
  • 15 cases are the most that can be counted in a surgical specialty. Once all case requirements have been met, the student can continue with any cases available.
  • All cases must be accounted for on the clinical case log, even observation cases. (Observation cases do not count towards programmatic total).

Upon program completion, the graduate will be able to:

  • Correlate the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology to their role as a Surgical Technologist.
  • Demonstrate a safe and professional level of practice and knowledge in their role as a Surgical Technologist.
  • Acquire an understanding of the ethical, legal, moral, and medical values related to the patient and the surgical team during the perioperative experience.
  • Correlate the elements, action, and use of medications and anesthetic agents used during the perioperative experience.
  • Implement safe practice techniques regarding perioperative routines, patient transportation, positioning, and emergency procedures.
  • Integrate principles of surgical asepsis as part of the perioperative experience.
  • Accurately apply knowledge and skills of a professional Surgical Technologist to address the biopsychosocial needs of the surgical patient.
  • Perform proficiently and competently as an entry-level surgical technologist in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.
  • Value the professional attributes of the Surgical Technologist.

2020 2021 2022
CST Pass Rate 78.5% 75% 83.3%
Retention 100% 100% 86%
Graduation Placement 57% 58% 91.6%

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