Pathway Narrative: The Surgical Technology program is offered at the East Central college site located at the Rolla Technical Center. Surgical Technology is a one-plus-one degree program which prepares students to practice as surgical technologist (ST). Upon graduation, students will receive their Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology and will be eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to obtain certification. Surgical Technologists work in a variety of settings, including hospital units, surgical centers, labor and delivery, dentists/oral surgeons offices, veterinary offices, travel companies, and central sterile supply units.
Students will learn using state of the art equipment in the surgical suite simulation lab and classroom that they will then apply in a clinical externship. Surgical Technologists are vital members of the surgical team. Students will learn concepts of aseptic technique, instrumentation, surgical procedures, and patient care. Additionally, students learn to anticipate the needs of the surgeon and assist the surgeon throughout the procedure.
**Prerequisites/General Education: A selective admission process is utilized. Students must have a “C” or better in prerequisite coursework, complete a minimum of 4 hours of Job shadowing, and complete a pre-entrance exam to apply to the program.
Extra-Curricular/Co-curricular Opportunities at ECC: ECC offers a wide variety of clubs and co-curricular activities for all students. Surgical Technology students will become student members of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) and attend the state convention.