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Surgical Technologist Program Code 315121

1 Year Technical Diploma

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

The Surgical Technologist prepares and maintains a sterile field before and during surgery, passes instruments and supplies to the surgeon, provides safe patient care, and prepares instruments for operative procedures.

The goal of this program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as 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.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in a hospital, out patient surgery, private practice, or clinical setting as a:

. Surgical Technologist

. Central Supply Technician

. Claims Approver

. Private Scrub Technologist

Program Outcomes

. Apply healthcare and technological science principles to the perioperative environment.
. Maintain principles of sterile technique in the surgical environment.
. Provide a safe, efficient, and supportive environment for the patient.
. Prepare the patient, operating room, and surgical team for the preoperative phase.
. Perform intraoperative case management in the scrub role.
. Perform postoperative case management.
. Function as an ethical, legal, and professional member of the healthcare team as determined by governing bodies.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

Clinical Experience

. Students will be required to purchase scrub suits, provide their own transportation to assigned sites, and cover any other expenses related to clinical experiences. Students may be expected to travel distances and participate in early morning clinicals. Students must be able to reach, bend, and stand for long periods of time (2 to 4 hours), as well as lift, push, and pull (50 pounds).
. Students will be required to submit immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
. Students will be required to show proof of an annual flu vaccine.


The Surgical Technologist Program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in collaboration with the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology
6-W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littletown, CO 80120
(303) 694-9262
FAX (303) 741-3655

Board/Certification Examinations

Graduates of the Surgical Technologist program are required to take the Surgical Technology National Certification Exam.

Requirements for Program Application

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
. Admissions Assessment or equivalent or ACT assessment. (For a list of equivalents, please contact a Counselor.)

Requirements for Program Entry

. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Compass or ACT) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program benchmarks are Pre-Algebra, 27; Reading, 60; Writing Skills, 70. ACT benchmarks are Math, 13; Reading, 15; English, 18. Applicants not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required
to establish an individualized academic plan. Upon completion of the plan, full program or waitlist status will be granted. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact an advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
. Attend mandatory program orientation and welcome week.
. Complete an American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR course prior to program entry. Students are required to maintain a current CPR card to comply with affiliating agency requirements.
. Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
. Complete a Functional Abilities Inventory.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.


Students following the study plan below will complete the Surgical Technologist technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.

First semester courses can be taken prior to being admitted into the Surgical Technologist program.


* 10-501-101 Medical Terminology
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
**10-890-101 College 101
* 31-509-302 Human Body in Health & Disease
* 31-512-326 ST: Infection Control

* 31-512-327 ST: Introduction
* 31-512-328 ST: Fundamentals 1
* 31-512-329 ST: Fundamentals 2
* 31-512-330 ST: Clinical 1

* 31-512-331 ST: Surgical Procedures
* 31-512-332 ST: Clinical 2
* 31-512-334 ST: Clinical 3
* 31-512-340 ST: Bridge to Clinical 2


Curriculum Note
* No final grade lower than a “C” is acceptable in any of the courses marked with an asterisk. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a “C” in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.
Prior to second semester coursework, students must complete 10-501-101, Medical Terminology; 31-509-302, Human Body in Health & Disease; and 31-512-326, ST: Infection Control.
Prior to third semester coursework, students must complete 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communication.
**The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.


These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-501-101 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY ...focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.

31-512-327 ST: INTRODUCTION ...provides the foundational knowledge of disinfection, sterilization, infection control, and asepsis. Legal and ethical issues encountered in the healthcare environment are explored. Simulated laboratory practice enables the learner to develop beginning technical skills. (Prerequisites: 31-509-302, Human Body in Health & Disease; 10-501-101, Medical Terminology; Accepted into the Surgical Technologist Program; Corequisite: 31-512-326, ST: Infection Control)

31-512-328 ST: FUNDAMENTALS 1 ...includes the basic clinical skills needed by the Surgical Technologist in the scrub role. Learners develop skills in identifying basic instrumentation, supplies, drains, catheters, dressings and sponges. Includes practice experience in creating a sterile field, draping, passing instruments and supplies, performing counts and preparing supplies. (Prerequisites: 31-509-302, Human Body in Health & Disease; 10-501-101, Medical Terminology; 31-512-326, ST: Infection Control)

31-512-329 ST: FUNDAMENTALS 2 ...builds upon and reinforces the role of the Surgical Technologist as a member of the operating room team. Discusses care of the patient before, during and after surgery with emphasis on surgical wounds, wound closure material, and vital signs. Includes lecture and lab experiences. (Corequisites: 31-512-327, ST: Introduction; 31-512-328, ST: Fundamentals 1)

31-512-330 ST: CLINICAL 1...apply basic surgical theories, principles, and procedural techniques in the operating room. Students begin to function as team members under the guidance of the instructor and authorized clinical personnel. (Corequisites: 31-512-327, ST: Intro to Surg Tech; 31-512-328, ST: Fundamentals 1)

31-512-331 ST: SURGICAL PROCEDURES ...provides the foundational knowledge of surgical core and specialty procedures. Examines pathophysiology, diagnostic interventions, and surgical interventions for a variety of surgical procedures. Incorporates integration of basic health sciences and technical knowledge to complete a plan of action for a surgical procedure. (Prerequisites: 31-512-329, ST: Fundamentals 2; 31-512-330, ST: Clinical 1)

31-512-332 ST: CLINICAL 2...further experience in a clinical setting allows the student to continue to improve technical skills while accepting more responsibilities during surgical procedures. (Prerequisites: 31-512-329, ST: Fundamentals 2; 31-512-330, ST: Clinical 1; Corequisites: 31-512-331, ST: Surgical Procedures; 31-512-339, ST: Bridge to Clinical 2)

31-512-334 ST: CLINICAL 3...enhances the student's technical experience and employee skills. Serves as a transition between student and employee. Application of advanced skills for the entry-level surgical technologist in the clinical setting. (Corequisites: 31-512-332, ST: Clinical 2; 31-512-331, ST: Surgical Procedures)

31-512-340 ST: BRIDGE TO CLINICAL 2 ...further experience in a clinical setting allows the student to continue to improve technical skills while accepting more responsibilities during surgical procedures. (Prerequisite: 31-512-330, ST: Clinical 1)

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Compass Reading=70 AND Compass Writing Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

31-509-302 HUMAN BODY IN HEALTH & DISEASE ...focuses on diseases that are frequently first diagnosed and treated in the medical office setting. Students learn to recognize human body anatomy and the causes, signs, and symptoms of diseases of the major body systems as well as the diagnostic procedures, usual treatment, prognosis and prevention of common diseases. (Prerequisite/Corequisite: 10-501-101, Medical Terminology) 3 cr.

31-512-326 ST: INFECTION CONTROL ...covers the structure, general classification, reproduction and transmission of microorganisms. Emphasis will be placed on the practice of sterile technique and its impact on infection control in the health care setting. 2 cr.

student in an operating room