Surgical Technologist
Training Program

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Program Overview

Are you looking for an exciting, growing career with great responsibility that requires safely working in a fast-paced, high-pressure, task-oriented and highly efficient Operating Room? Being a Surgical Technologist (ST) is a physically demanding, mentally challenging, and incredibly rewarding professional role. It requires the ability to focus, problem-solve, pay close attention to detail, have excellent listening and communication skills, and an underlying commitment to doing what is right for patient safety and well-being.

CAAHEP Accredited Program

This 11-month program is designed to prepare you for career opportunities in the surgical field and includes a general education component which complements the comprehensive skills-based specialty training. Classroom theory and laboratory hands-on training is supplemented with clinical experiences to make up the curriculum of study.

  • Didactic: 695 hours of foundational course work
  • Lab skills: 200+ hours of practical application of didactic information
  • Clinical: 600+ hours of real life demonstration of acquired skills in a professional operating room setting

As an accredited program with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), our graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) exam to become Certified Surgical Technologists (CST).

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Attributes of a Successful Surgical Technologist:

  • A strong work ethic through reliability and dependability, time management skills, team work, and communication skills
  • The ability to work under pressure and stress, including the ability to keep composure and think critically
  • Flexibility and adaptability in the ever-changing environment of the OR
  • Excitement and passion about working in an innovative environment

Program Timeline:

2020-2021 Program
ONLINE Information Session April 14, 2020 – 10:00 am – 11:30 am

April 15, 2020 – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Application Deadline May 15, 2020
Aptitude Assessments TBD
Interviews Late May/Early June
Program Enrollment Late July
All pre-requisite transcripts due August 31, 2020
First Day of Class September 28, 2020

*dates/times subject to change

For complete program information and course descriptions, please see the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Workforce Readiness Institute 2019-2020 Student Handbook and Program Catalog.

The Role of a Certified Surgical Technologist:

This is an exciting, growing career with great responsibility that requires safely working in a fast-paced, high-pressure, task-oriented and highly efficient Operating Room (OR) environment. Individuals must have steadfast attention to detail, be strong communicators, work as a cooperative unit and be committed to quality patient care.

Certified Surgical Technologists (CST)s are highly skilled individuals who collaborate with surgeons, registered nurses, and other health care professionals to deliver high quality standards of care, demonstrate principles of asepsis, and participate in creating an operating room environment. A Surgical Technologist assists in every aspect of the surgical setting including pre, intra and post-operatively.

Some examples of a CST’s responsibilities include:

  • Create and maintain the sterile field for surgical procedures
  • Review the Surgeon preference card
  • Acquire needed instrumentation and equipment for a surgical procedure
  • Assist OR team with patient positioning
  • Set-up and maintain sterile surgical field
  • Anticipate needs and pass instrumentation during the surgery
  • Mix medications as directed
  • Handle and label specimens obtained during surgery
  • Aid in patient transfer at the end of the case
  • Break down the case and account for all surgical counts

CST Spotlight: Meet Matt

“Following high school I attended a liberal arts college where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. My goal was to get a job in the medical field. I took a few years off from my career goal to pay off the student loans I had acquired and during that time a family member told me about the Surgical Technology (ST) program at Dartmouth Hitchcock. I realized the ST program could be my opportunity to pursue a career in healthcare like I always envisioned. I applied for a job at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in the Central Sterile Reprocessing department. This job helped prepare me for the ST program. I learned the names and locations of surgical instruments. During that year I completed prerequisite courses for the ST program so I would be eligible for the following year. I’m very happy with the path I took towards my career as a Surgical Technologist. The ST program offered both class in lectures and simulations as well as a hands-on clinical experience in the operating rooms. I completed over 150 clinical cases during my training through which I gained the technical skills and knowledge needed to be a successful Surgical Tech. After eleven months I graduated from the program and passed the national exam to become a Certified Surgical Technologist. I am excited to have a career that is challenging, rewarding, and gives me the opportunity to make a difference through the work that I do.”
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College Pre-Requisites:

All Applicants must complete or have completed within the last five years the following college-level pre-requites prior to admission:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I (with a passing grade of C or higher)
  • College-level Medical Terminology (with a passing grade of C or higher)

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