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    SCC is one of the most affordable higher education options in Nebraska.

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    Surgical Technology
    Affordable education
    SCC is one of the most affordable higher education options in Nebraska.
    Tuition and Fees
    Surgical Technology
    Affordable education
    SCC is one of the most affordable higher education options in Nebraska.
    Tuition and Fees
    Surgical Technology
    Affordable education
    SCC is one of the most affordable higher education options in Nebraska.
    Tuition and Fees
     

Surgical Technology

  • Welcome

    Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are specifically trained to function as an integral member of the surgical team, performing specialized duties before, during and after a surgical procedure.

    You're a Good Fit for this program because . . .

    • Program length is eight quarters (9 months of pre-reqs and 15 months within the program courses)
    • Students graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree
    • Students sit for their national certification exam before graduation.  CST (Certified Surgical Technologist)(CAAHEP Accredited program)

      Overview

      This program is located on the Lincoln Campus and online. The online component is designed to accommodate those students outside of the Lincoln area, but within a 400 mile radius of Lincoln who are unable to commute to a Lincoln hospital for daily clinical.

      Special Online Requirements:

      Online students complete the didactic portion via their computer with the final exams being proctored at a pre-approved site in their area. Online students within the 15 county area surrounding Lincoln are required to travel to the Lincoln Campus to complete the lab portion. Lab days are eight-hour days once every other week for the first two quarters, for a total of 13 separate days/trips to Lincoln for LAB. Online students in the following areas will travel to LABs in their area: North Platte, Norfolk and Kearney, with labs being held each week in the evening hours. Online students are required to find a clinical site in their area to complete their education. Online students can work in conjunction with the local community college in their area to complete the prerequisite, general education, and other required courses. All final exams within the Surgical Technology Online Program will be proctored at sites pre-approved by the program. Online students are required to travel to Lincoln for a few various days within their last nine months of the program.

      New program students enter every third quarter.

      The Surgical Technology Program at Southeast Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

      Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
      25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
      Clearwater, FL 33763
      727-210-2350
      www.caahep.org

      Pass rate from annual report.

      Get started by reading our Pre-health Admission Requirements.

      Southeast Community College is a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution.
       
      As a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution, we are unable to offer online or distance courses to students in the following states/areas: California, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Florida.

      Mission

      The Surgical Technology program is an integral unit of the Health Science Department of Southeast Community College. The mission of the Surgical Technology Program is to use cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains of learning in order to prepare graduates to function as proficient, entry-level Surgical Technologists.The mission of the Surgical Technology program is to prepare competent Surgical Technologists to be highly skilled and function as a vital member of the surgical team.

      Employment Outlook

      The job outlook for the Surgical Technologist remains positive. Recent SCC graduates report an average starting wage of $16 per hour.

      Starting Terms

      Please call Admissions Office, 402-437-2600.

      Surgical Technology-AAS

      Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the surgical team. The surgical technologist's primary responsibilities are maintaining the sterile field, handing instruments, providing sterile items, anticipating the needs of the team, and assisting the surgeon. Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition. Their main role is to work in the operating room of a hospital, surgery center, specialty center, doctor's office, or labor and delivery. Other jobs may include surgery scheduler, materials manager, clinical preceptor, education coordinator, tissue/organ procurement technologist, private scrub for a surgeon, sterile processing manager, medical sales representative, traveling surgical technologist, clinical instructor, and program director.
      Curriculum
      Requirements

      Program Admission

      • Students are admitted every nine months.
      • Twenty-two Lincoln students and 16 distance students are accepted.
      • Students may apply to the program after they begin their last term of prerequisites.

      Program Requirements & Student Responsibilities

      • Ability to be responsible and dependable in regarding attendance.
      • Physical stamina to tolerate standing and /or sitting for long periods of time.
      • Sufficient eyesight to read small print and work with small instruments, supplies and equipment.
      • Adequate hearing of sounds such as blood pressure and verbal communication with surgical team wearing surgical masks.
      • May be necessary to lift 30 pounds of weight, i.e., children, supporting arms or legs of the surgical patient.
      • Demonstrate good motor coordination and manual and finger dexterity in handling instruments, supplies and equipment.
      • Appearance should be neat and clean, and students should practice good hygiene.
      • Maintain self-control and work under stress, using patience and tact with other students, instructors, patients, surgeons, and other members of the surgical team.
      • Ability to work closely with people under pressure in a high-stress environment.
      • Ability to organize and plan work in a logical sequence and work at a fast pace.
      • Ability to communicate in the English language using appropriate grammar and legible penmanship. No profanity or slang should be used.
      • Ability to work with unpleasant odors, sights and sounds.
      • Ability to use soaps, iodine and disinfectant solutions.
      • Ability to use latex products and synthetic materials.

      Special Program Prerequisites

      • A current Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Health Care Provider (HCP) by American Heart Association or American Red Cross is required.
      •  A criminal background check will be required of each student in this program. Based on the outcome of the background check, a student may be prevented from taking certain courses, accessing certain laboratory experiences, or completing the program. A non-refundable fee of $45 will be assessed for this CBC.
      • Five Panel Drug Test will be required the quarter prior to starting clinical. This test is completed at preapproved sites and will be a $35 cost to the student.

      Clinical Education

      The Surgical Technology program provides a planned course of classroom study and clinical experience. The clinical experiences are arranged to take place at health care facilities throughout Lincoln for the Lincoln students. These include BryanLGH East Medical Center and BryanLGH West Medical Center, Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Nebraska Heart Institute and Hospital and Lincoln Surgical Hospital. Students rotate to different facilities each quarter to provide a broad range of experiences in a variety of surgical procedures. The Online students will complete their clinical experience at a Nebraska hospital that is large enough to provide the case requirement near them. Online clinical sites will be evaluated by the program prior to student acceptance.

      How Do I Begin?

      1. Apply to the college:
        SCC - 8800 "O" Street, Lincoln, NE - Admissions office E-1
        Online at www.southeast.edu.
      2. Have ALL official transcripts sent to SCC Admissions Office, including High school or GED certificate.
      3. Apply for Financial Aid if needed.
      4. Open the following links and complete documents (do not leave off any dates or signatures, that may lead to a delay in acceptance).
      Other Links

    Welcome

    Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are specifically trained to function as an integral member of the surgical team, performing specialized duties before, during and after a surgical procedure.

    You're a Good Fit for this program because . . .

    • Program length is eight quarters (9 months of pre-reqs and 15 months within the program courses)
    • Students graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree
    • Students sit for their national certification exam before graduation.  CST (Certified Surgical Technologist)(CAAHEP Accredited program)