Surgical Technologist
Training Program
Information Sessions

November 20th, 2019 • 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Dartmouth-Hitchcock – Novell Building

March 26, 2020 • 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon NH

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.

Interested individuals are encouraged to join us for an information session on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at DHMC from 6:00-8:00pm.

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:

Information Session
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
DHMC-Lebanon – Novell Building
November 20, 2019
Attendance a required part of application process, please register in advance
Information Session
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
March 26, 2020
Attendance a required part of application process, please register in advance
Application Deadline April 17, 2020
Aptitude Assessments TBD
Interviews May 14 & 15, 2020
Program Enrollment June 2020
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 Bethany

“After working as a Licensed Nurse Assistant (LNA) for 7 years, I was eager for change and looking for a career that was just as challenging, fast-paced and rewarding. A friend had heard about the Surgical Technology Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, which offered both an educational component and learning experience in a lab and live Operating Room (O.R.). The training taught me the technical skills and the hands-on experience to build my knowledge and confidence in a physically demanding, mentally challenging, and incredibly rewarding professional role. With the support of my family, Workforce Readiness Institute instructors, and preceptors I successfully completed the training! Now a year and a half out of the program, I am a nationally Certified Surgical Technologist with a new focus in healthcare and have completed a 2,000 hour Department of Labor registered apprenticeship. I am excited for what the future brings. I am making a difference in the work that I do and hope to become a preceptor myself. I was happy to learn of the large number of college credits we received for the training program which has aided in my journey to completing a bachelor’s degree in allied health leadership. This training taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to!”
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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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