Surgical Tech students.

Surgical Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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The surgical technologist's primary job function is to assist the surgeon in the operating room. To prepare for a career as a surgical technologist, develop knowledge in human anatomy, microbiology and medical terminology, and learn to identify and handle surgical instruments and equipment. Spend time in a hospital operating room to apply knowledge and skills in actual surgical conditions. Surgical Technology graduates will be able to prepare an operating room for surgery, help with patient care, secure supplies, set up equipment and instruments for the surgical team and handle instruments during procedures.

  • Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school health or medical courses.
  • Prepare for jobs such as surgical technologist or surgical tech 1.
  • Upon program completion, graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). In 2014 and 2015 WCTC students earned a merit award from the NBSTSA for achieving a 100 percent pass rate on the certified surgical technologist examination (CST).
  • The WCTC Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of  Allied health Education Programs (CAAHEP www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review committee for Surgical Technology.
    CAAHEP
    25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
    Clearwater, FL 33763
    727.210.2350
    www.caahep.org
  • Select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $38,337

Surgical Rotation Case Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 120 cases prior to graduation. Students must complete a minimum of 30 cases in General Surgery; 20 which must be performed in the First Scrub Role. Students must complete a minimum of 90 cases in various surgical specialties, excluding General Surgery; 60 which must be performed in the First Scrub Role. The additional 30 cases may be performed in either the First or Second Scrub role. A minimum of 60 surgical specialty cases must be performed in the First Scrub Role and distributed amongst a minimum of four surgical specialties. A minimum of 10 cases in the First Scrub Role must be completed in each of the required four specialties. The additional 20 cases in the First Scrub Role may be distributed amongst any one surgical specialty or multiple surgical specialties. The remaining 30 surgical specialty cases may be performed in any surgical specialty either in the First or Second role. Ten diagnostic endoscopy and 5 vaginal delivery cases can be counted toward the maximum number of Second Scrub Role cases.

The ST student shall perform the following duties during any given surgical procedure with proficiency. The student must meet the five criteria below to count the case in the first scrub role. A student not meeting the five criteria cannot count the case in the first scrub role and the case must be documented in the second scrub role or observation role.

  • Verify supplies and equipment needed for the surgical procedure.
  • Set up the sterile field with instrument, supplies, equipment, medications and solutions needed for the procedure.
  • Perform counts with the circulator prior to the procedure and before the incision is closed.
  • Pass instruments and supplies to the sterile team members during the procedure.
  • Maintain sterile technique as measured by recognized breaks in technique and demonstrate knowledge of how to correct with appropriate technique.

Program Code 10-512-1

Required Courses

Required General Education Coursework

Technical Core/Clinical Courses

+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class. Click on course title for specific information.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

501-101 3
801-196 3
809-196 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

College

Program Name

Credits Awarded

Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 67
Carroll UniversityBachelor of Science in Organizational LeadershipJunior Standing
Carroll UniversityBachelor of Science in Public HealthJunior Standing
Carroll UniversityBachelor of Science in PsychologyJunior Standing
Carroll UniversityBachelor of Science in Health ScienceJunior Standing
Colorado State University-Global CampusBachelor Degreeup to 64
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science: Allied Healthcare Management67
Herzing UniversityBachelor of Science in Health Care Managementup to 58
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80
Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Sciences (various)minimum of 60
U of PhoenixBachelor of Science (various)varies
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Applied Studies: Leadership & Organizational Studies65
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 69
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technology Education & Trainingup to 60
UW-WaukeshaBachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences60-Junior Standing
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership42

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructors

Program instructor, Sharon Corrao

Sharon Corrao

Phone: 262.691.5407

Education

  • AAS – Surgical Technology, Nassau Community College
  • BSN, Adelphi University
  • M.Ed., Carroll University

Certifications

  • Registered Nurse
  • Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)
  • CPR for Healthcare Provider

Teaching Philosophy

"I love teaching students what I love to do! I am committed to helping each student achieve his or her goals."

Program instructor, Carrie Galecke

Carrie Galecke

Phone: 262.691.5407

Education

  • AAS -- Surgical Technology, WCTC
  • Bachelor’s – Health Administration, University of Phoenix

Certification

  • Certified Surgical Technologist

Teaching Philosophy

"Students enjoy learning when you, as the instructor, show them how awesome the program is in your eyes."