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BECOME A VITAL PART OF THE OPERATING ROOM TEAM

In just two years, you can become a surgical technologist, helping improve and save lives as a vital part of the team in the operating room(OR).  In our Surgical Technology program, you’ll learn from seasoned professionals who’ve worked in the OR for years, and you’ll log extensive hours there yourself. Starting your very first month, you’ll practice your skills in the OR every single week all the way through graduation. Our affiliation with Atrium Health also offers advantages you won’t find in other programs. Take a closer look at how you can make a difference in this high-demand, exciting field. 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Degree options
    • Associate Degree
      • Two-year program
    • Associate Degree Bridge (enables surgical technologists with a diploma to earn an associate degree)
      • Two semesters
  • Innovative certifications such as robotics included in the curriculum
  • Extensive hands-on operating room experience starting the first semester

     

  • High certification pass rate (well above the national average)
  • High-demand field; 100% of graduates are employed six months after graduation
  • Enroll full-time or part-time.
  • Start in fall semester only
  • Affiliated with Atrium Health:
  • Preferred access to Atrium Health clinical sites
  • Learn from the region’s most experienced healthcare professionals
  • Access to leading-edge technology
  • Pipeline to jobs in one of the country’s largest healthcare systems
$10K Atrium Health Forgivable Loan
available to Surgical Technology students; can be repaid with service at Atrium Health

Mission

The Mission of the Surgical Technology program of Cabarrus College is to prepare competent entry level surgical technologists in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains by providing sound educational opportunities, both didactic and clinical.

Program Student Learning Outcomes - Associate Degree Program

  • Demonstrate the application of anatomy and physiology concepts to meet current industry standards in the surgical setting. 
  • Demonstrate aseptic technique and a sound surgical conscience when performing surgical procedures in the health care setting.  
  • Develop a sound surgical conscience in regard to perioperative routines and procedures
  • Apply knowledge of AST Core Curriculum by completing and passing the CST examination.
  • Develop skills useful to function collaboratively as a member of the healthcare surgical team
  • Apply knowledge gained in the clinical experience and build upon classroom instruction to become an integral part of the surgical team.
  • Display entry level competencies while functioning in the field of surgical technology.
  • Facilitate optimal surgical patient outcomes by communicating effectively with a multidisciplinary team.
  • Analyze the communication process and its relationship to patient centered care.

Certification Eligibility

The Surgical Technology program is based on the accreditation standards and guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Surgical Technologist developed by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP). CAAHEP, the American College of Surgeons, and the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) cooperate to establish, maintain and promote appropriate standards of quality for educational programs in surgical technology and to provide recognition for educational programs that meet or exceed the minimum standards outlined in accreditation standards. CAAHEP accredits programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). These accreditation standards are the minimum standards of quality used in accrediting programs that prepare individuals to enter the Surgical Technology profession. The accreditation standards therefore constitute the minimum requirements to which an accredited program is held accountable.

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) reviews and grants accreditation to the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for its administration of the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) certifications. The purpose of NBSTSA is to determine, through examination, if an individual has acquired both theoretical and practical knowledge of surgical technology. Certification as a Surgical Technologist demonstrates that the individual meets the national standard for knowledge that underlies surgical technologist and surgical first assistant practice. Certified individuals possess mastery of a broad range of skills related to surgical procedures, aseptic technique, and patient care.

All graduates from Cabarrus College are eligible to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Certification Examination after the successful completion of the program requirements.

Approved candidates who take and pass the CST examination are authorized to use the initials CST as long as they maintain certification currency.

Outcomes Reporting

The Surgical Technology program at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences 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 (ARC/STSA).  The ARC/STSA is a private non-profit accreditation services agency providing national recognition for higher education programs in surgical technology and surgical assisting, in collaboration with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), in order to promote quality surgical patient care through quality credible education.  In successfully continuing our accreditation with this body, we complete an annual report. It is from this report that we publish the program’s approved Outcomes Assessments. Please see below for information on 2018 reporting year.

2018 - 2019 Academic Cohort

Student Retention: 84.2%
CST Exam Participation Rate: 100%
CST Pass Rate: 93.75%
Graduation Placement: 100%
Graduate Satisfaction: 100%
Employer Satisfaction: 100%

2019 - 2020 Academic Cohort

Student Retention: 86%
CST Exam Participation Rate: 100%
CST Pass Rate: 81.1%
Graduation Placement: 100%
Graduate Satisfaction: 100%
Employer Satisfaction: 100%

Testimonial quote
“Applying for the surg tech program at Cabarrus College was the best decision I could have made. The program here is amazing, and it is filled with teachers who truly know and understand the surg tech job.”
Lauren Boyles, CST, ‘21
Surgical Technology

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