CAAHEP Accredited Program

The D-H Surgical Technology Training Program is accredited with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Graduates of our program are eligible to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) exam to become Certified Surgical Technologists (CST).

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

Upon successful completion of this program, you will:

  • Exhibit practical proficiency in the surgical arena
  • Be knowledgeable in Anatomy and Pathology related to each body system that prompts surgical intervention
  • Be proficient in surgical steps of all surgical specialties
  • Develop effective communication and decision-making skills in a high stress environment
  • Master skills in aseptic technique for successful patient safety outcomes
  • Analyze the departure from classroom theory to on-the-job training in the operating room
  • Integrate knowledge of personal and medical ethics into the surgical arena
  • Develop a familiarity with commonly used surgical instruments

2016-2019 Program Outcomes:

  • Retention: 93%
  • NBSTSA Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • Job Placement: 97%

D-H Surgical Technology Certificate Program Courses and Schedule

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

Fall Quarter (Sept – Dec)
AHS 100 Medical Terminology
AHS 200 A&P I
SUR 101 Introduction to Surgical Technology and the Environment
SUR 102 Perioperative Patient Care and Aseptic Technique
SUR 103 Perioperative Patient Care and Aseptic Technique Lab
Winter Quarter (Jan-Mar)
AHS 300 A&P II
SUR 200 Microbiology
SUR 201 Surgical Procedures I (with lab)
SUR 202 Clinical
Spring Quarter (Mar-Jun)
SUR 300 Pharmacology
SUR 301 Surgical Procedures II
SUR 302 Clinical
Summer Quarter (Jun-Aug)
SUR 400 Professional Success Development
SUR 401 CST Review
SUR 402 Surgical Specialties III
SUR 403 Clinical
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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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