Surgical Technology

student gathering scissors for mock surgeryThe Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team.

Students apply theoretical knowledge to the care of patients undergoing surgery and develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations.

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Graduates will be eligible to apply to take the national certification exam for Surgical Technologists which is administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Employment opportunities include labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physicians’ offices, and central supply processing units.

Students are not agents, servants, or employees of the hospital clinical sites and are present at the hospital solely as surgical technology students of Durham Technical Community College. Students may not receive pay for any time during assigned clinical experiences.

Surgical Technology Program Statistics 2017–2018
Certified Surgical Technology (CST) Examination Pass Rate 90 percent
Graduate Placement and Employment/Hire Rate 100 percent