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SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION SESSION El Centro College The Center for Allied Health and Nursing Please turn on your speakers. In order to gain the most knowledge about our program, please download a Surgical Technology information packet from the following website and review it thoroughly before viewing this online information session. This online presentation is about 45 minutes in length.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Helpful hints regarding our online information session. You may exit this online information session by pressing the Escape key, however, you are required to view the entire information session from the beginning and in its entirety to receive credit for your attendance. As you view our information session, you will see links to various webpages which will be of interest to you. You may click on those links which will open another window and then simply close that window to return to the information session. The presentation will resume at the point where you left initially. You may view this online information session as many times as you desire. Lets begin!
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Welcome … … to the Surgical Technology Program at El Centro College. I am Belinda Allen, the Surgical Technology program coordinator, and I am delighted that you are interested in this allied health program. Surgical Technology is a very unique, exciting and rewarding career. This online information session will cover the important areas that you need to know about the profession, the application process, and the curriculum. I hope you enjoy this presentation and I look forward to meeting you if you decide that Surgical Technology is the career for you. Belinda Allen B.S.N., RN, CNOR, CST Program Coordinator
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY What is Surgical Technology? A Surgical Technologist (aka Scrub Tech) is a vital member the surgical team. They are responsible for various roles in the operating room including preparing the surgical suite, obtaining and arranging the surgical instruments and other supplies for the procedure, creating and maintaining the sterile field, and passing surgical instruments to the surgeons.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Where are Surgical Technologists employed? Surgical Technologists are employed primarily in hospitals and surgical centers. Employment opportunities may be full-time or part-time. Entry level salaries vary depending upon the facility and the individuals experience. For salary ranges in the DFW area, see this link for the Bureau of Labor Statistics: See these links for professional organizations and more information on the Surgical Technology profession:
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY A few facts about our Surgical Technology program: A class of fourteen (14) students is selected via a point ranking system. The program begins in the fall semester (late August) each year. Fifty credit hour curriculum leading to a Certificate of Completion in Surgical Technology. Graduates of this Level II Certificate program are eligible to take the certification exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) and sanctioned by the Association of Surgical Technology (AST). The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in conjunction with the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology/Surgical Assisting.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY As a student in the Surgical Technology program, what will I learn? Surgical Suite Preparation Care and Handling of Surgical Instrumentation Sterile Technique Surgical Pathology, Pharmacology, and Anesthetic Agents Ethical and Legal Implications Patient Care Skills Clinical Applications
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY When and where are the Surgical Technology lecture classes and hospital clinical rotations? Program lecture and lab classes are daytime hours during the week. Clinical rotations are assigned and the locations vary among health care facilities in the DFW area. LECTURE CLASS (Paramount Bldg): Lecture class: 2-3 days per week Lab: 2-3 days per week HOSPITAL ROTATIONS: Clinical – 2-3 days per week
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY What is the cost of the Surgical Technology program? The cost of the Surgical Technology program is primarily based upon your residency status for tuition purposes. Please see the current tuition schedule in the El Centro College catalog at the following link: https://www1.dcccd.edu/catalog/tuition/schedule.cfm?loc=ECC https://www1.dcccd.edu/catalog/tuition/schedule.cfm?loc=ECC The estimated cost of the Surgical Technology program below includes tuition for all core and program courses, textbooks, uniforms, etc. Dallas County resident Out of County TX residentOut of State/Country resident $ 4, $ 6, $ 9, Please see the Surgical Technology information packet for cost estimates itemized per semester for the program.
SURGIC AL TECHNOLOGY How do I get started? Apply for college admission either online or in person at the El Centro College Registrars Office or at one of the Registrar/Admissions Offices at any Dallas County Community college. Speak with an academic advisor in regard to any assessment testing needed for placement and registration into your basic courses such as English, speech, anatomy, etc. or any developmental courses as needed to prepare you for college level coursework. First time college student? Important Note: Applicants to the Surgical Technology program must have met Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements in reading, writing and mathematics in order to apply to this Level II certificate program.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Request an Educational Plan from the Health Occupations Admissions Office to evaluate your previous coursework for possible transfer toward a health occupations program. Are you new to El Centro but have coursework from colleges (other than Dallas County Community colleges)? Apply for college admission either online or in person at the El Centro College Registrars Office or at one of the Registrar/Admissions Offices at any Dallas County Community college. Submit all official transcripts to the El Centro College Registrar/Admissions Office or at another Dallas County Community college. Consult an academic advisor in regard to any assessment testing you may need for registration.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY The Educational Plan Request form is found on the blue Resources for Potential Applicants link at: What is an Educational Plan? The educational plan is an unofficial degree plan listing the courses you have completed (including transferred courses) toward the program. Educational plans are not necessary if you have attended only Dallas County Community colleges. The educational plan is usually processed within 2-3 weeks of submission; however, during peak times the process may take up to one month to complete. We suggest that you request an educational plan at least one semester prior to an application deadline.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Surgical Technology Core Curriculum The 23 credit hour Surgical Technology Core Curriculum is the group of prerequisite courses for the program and includes basic college courses in addition to courses for a foundation in healthcare. The entire Surgical Technology Core Curriculum must be completed with a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average to apply to the program. ENGL 1301HPRS 1202 SPCH 1311 or 1321HPRS 1204 ** SCIT 1407 or BIOL 2401 *HPRS 2231 SCIT 1408 or BIOL 2402 *HPRS * Science courses (SCIT 1407/BIOL 2401 and SCIT 1408/BIOL 2402 must be completed less than five (5) years before the anticipated semester of program entry. BIOL 2401 has its own prerequisite which is BIOL SCIT 1407 and 1408 are not valid for a general Associate of Arts or Sciences Degree. ** HPRS 1204 must be completed less than three (3) years before the anticipated semester of program entry. + SCIT 1407 or BIOL 2401 is the prerequisite for HPRS 2300.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY HESI A 2 ASSESSMENT TEST Reading Comprehension Grammar Vocabulary/General Knowledge Math Anatomy & Physiology The HESI A 2 is a timed, computerized test which usually takes 3-4 hours to complete. In order to apply to the program, applicants must score 70% or higher on each of the required sections of the test: The Personality Profile and Learning Styles sections of the HESI A 2 are also required but are not scored. Applicants should take the HESI A 2 after completing the Surgical Technology Core courses.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY HESI A 2 scores are valid for two (2) years from testing date to the date of anticipated program entry. The HESI A 2 can be taken at any testing site. Applicants are responsible for securing their own testing appointment and should schedule their test several weeks prior to the application deadline. There is no limit on the number of testing attempts for the HESI A 2. However, ALL FIVE REQUIRED SECTIONS of the test must be taken in each testing attempt and the score sheet submitted with your application must indicate a minimum score of 70 on each section to be valid. (The Personality Profile and Learning Styles sections may be submitted from any previous testing attempt.) A HESI A 2 Study Guide is available at most bookstores. A HESI A 2 Prep course is also offered by the El Centro College Continuing Education Division. Contact them at for more information.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY How do I sign up for my HESI A 2 test? Registration and payment for the HESI A 2 varies among testing sites. IMPORTANT NOTE: Testing sites other than the Paramount and Northlake College may not offer all the sections of the HESI A 2 that are required by our programs. Before you register and pay for the test, be sure the HESI A 2 at other testing sites has all the sections you need for program application! Detailed instructions are found at the above link to assist you in checking the calendar for testing dates, logging on to the Evolve website to set up your testing account, registering for a testing date, and paying for the HESI A 2, all online. To register to take the HESI A 2 at the Paramount Computer Lab, see the blue HESI A 2 link at
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY What else will I need before I apply to the program? PHYSICAL EXAM All applicants must obtain a basic physical exam dated no more than one year before the program application deadline. The physical exam can be performed by their personal physician or at an immediate care clinic. The physical exam form is available for download and print at the blue Resources for Potential Applicants link on the following website:
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY What about immunizations? Applicants are required to present documentation of a current tuberculosis screening with their application materials. A chest x-ray exam is required if: The TB screen shows a positive result The applicant has had a history of positive TB screens The applicant has received the BCG inoculation The date of the tuberculosis screening (PPD skin test) must be less than one year before the anticipated program entry date.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY In addition, the following immunizations are also required: One dose of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) within the last 10 years (NOTE: A T/d booster without Pertussis is NOT accepted.) Two doses of varicella (chickenpox) at least one month apart (NOTE: A statement of disease history of chickenpox is NOT accepted.) Three doses of Hepatitis B on this recommended schedule: 1 st Dose 2 nd Dose one month after the 1 st dose 3 rd Dose five months after the 2 nd dose Two doses of measles (rubeola) and one dose each of mumps and rubella (Two doses of the MMR measles/mumps/rubella combination received at least one month apart will also meet this requirement.) Detailed guidelines for immunization requirements and the Physical Exam form found on the blue Resources for Potential Applicants link at:
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY If your doctor is administering these immunizations, the date of the injection and the doctors signature must be indicated on that specific line on the immunization section of the physical exam form. IMPORTANT NOTE: A statement of immune by history of disease, dates of illness such as measles, chickenpox, mumps, etc., or a general statement of immune is not acceptable documentation for the immunizations required for application to the program.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY You may have separate records for some of your immunizations on a printout from a clinic or a card with childhood immunizations. You may submit a photocopy of that documentation attached with your physical exam form. These documents do not necessarily need a signature. See examples below.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY What if I cant find any of my immunization records? We can accept documentation of a blood tests known as a titers in lieu of these immunizations: measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox) and Hepatitis B. Titer results are not accepted for Tdap. IMPORTANT! If a titer result does not indicate immunity, you must complete that specific immunization as required before submitting your application packet. Therefore, titers should be ordered at least six weeks prior to an application filing deadline. This would allow you to receive two injections at least one month apart for MMRs, or varicellas, or the first two Hepatitis B injections prior to the application deadline. Titer documentation must show positive immunity and/or numeric lab values.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY What CPR training do I need? CPR CERTIFICATION AT THE HEALTHCARE PROVIDER level (sometimes known as BLS-Healthcare Provider) is also required for our programs. This training includes a hands-on check off procedure for one-man and two-man CPR for adults, children, and infants in addition to choking and the AED (portable defibrillator). This training also includes a written test, either online or with the hands-on check off. CPR classes are available through the El Centro College Continuing Education Division. NOTE: Online CPR training is not accepted for health occupations programs. A photocopy of your current CPR card must be submitted with your application materials and must not expire before the first day of program classes.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY What do I submit as my application packet? Compile these materials for your envelope: The completed Surgical Technology Application and signed Statement of Students Responsibility form HESI A 2 score sheet with Personality Profile and Learning Styles The completed physical exam form and immunization documentation Photocopy of your Healthcare Provider level CPR card A Checklist to help you gather your materials in found in the information packet.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Remember …… All official transcripts from colleges other than El Centro College and Dallas County Community colleges must be on file at the Registrars Office before you submit your application materials!
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY When do I submit my application packet? The official application filing period for the Fall 2013 Surgical Technology class is: January 1 – May 31, 2013 Application is not on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, if you are completing your Surgical Technology Core classes during a spring semester, submit your application packet after spring grades are posted. Late application filing (if necessary): June 1 – July 15, 2013 Late applications must be submitted in person by 5:00 p.m. on July 15 th. It should not be assumed that late applications will be considered for each Surgical Technology class.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Where do I submit my application packet? You may submit your application packet in person or by mail: In person:By mail: Surgical Technology Admissions Surgical Technology Admissions Health Occupations AdmissionsHealth Occupations Admissions Paramount Building, Room P-101El Centro College/Paramount 301 North Market Street801 Main Street Dallas, TXDallas, TX BE SURE YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS ARE COMPLETE AND RECEIVED IN HEALTH OCCUPATIONS ADMISSIONS IN PERSON OR POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN MAY 31, 2013! INCOMPLETE APPLICATION MATERIALS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY How are applicants selected for the program? NOTE: Students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 on the Surgical Technology Core Curriculum to apply to the program. Applicants are rank ordered by the following criteria: Grade point average on the entire 23 credit hour Surgical Technology Core Curriculum (4.00 maximum to 2.50 minimum). To break the tie between applicants with the same grade point average on the Surgical Technology Core Curriculum, the cumulative grade point average on the two anatomy/physiology courses (SCIT 1407/BIOL 2401 and SCIT 1408 / BIOL 2402) is used to break the tie (4.00 maximum to 2.50 minimum). If a second tie breaker is needed, the cumulative HESI A 2 score is used.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY The table illustrates the ranking process using a sample group of applicants: GPA on the Surgical Tech Core Curriculum Combined GPA on A & P courses Cumulative HESI A 2 Score Applicant # Applicant # Applicant # Applicant # Applicant # Applicant # Applicant # If there were only six (6) spaces in the program, Applicants 1-6 would be accepted.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY How are students notified of acceptance? All applicants to the Fall 2013 Surgical Technology program receive a notification letter postmarked by July 1, 2013 informing them of their status. Students who receive an acceptance to the program must return a confirmation form to the Health Occupations Admissions Office by a specified date to confirm their space in the class. If late applications are considered, students who apply during the late application filing period, if selected, are notified via on July 30 th. Applicants who are not offered acceptance to the program may re-apply for the next year. There is no waiting list for our health occupations programs.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY New Surgical Technology Student Registration/Orientation Prior to the start date of the Surgical Technology classes in August, newly accepted students to the program will meet for an orientation with the Program Coordinator at the Paramount Building. Health Occupations Admissions personnel will register the students for their Surgical Technology courses during the orientation. Health Occupations Admissions personnel will also formally assign the students to their Surgical Technology degree plans.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY What will a sample class schedule look like? Semester I – Fall Lecture MW9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Lab (16 weeks)TR9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Semester II - Spring Lecture/LabMT9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Clinical (16 weeks)WRF6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Semester III – May/Summer I Lecture (4 weeks)M8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Clinical (8 weeks)MTWRF6:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY At what hospitals would I do my clinical rotations? Clinical rotations will vary among selected Metroplex area clinical affiliates. Students are assigned to their specific clinical rotations and wear their official program scrub uniforms for their lab experiences and their clinical rotations. You may expect to be at different clinical sites during the program. It is important to have reliable transportation to your clinical site as not all clinical sites are on the DART system.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Criminal Background Checks / Drug Screen After acceptance to the program and before their first clinical rotation, students will undergo a criminal background check and drug screen as required by our hospital affiliates for all health occupations programs. Students will be responsible for this charge (approximately $86.00). All results of these screenings will become the property of the Health and Legal Studies Division and will not be released to the student or another third party. More information on the background check/drug screen requirement is available at the blue Resources of Potential Students link on our website at
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Criminal Background Checks / Drug Screen IMPORTANT NOTE Students with a previous felony or misdemeanor are not prohibited from applying to a health occupations program. However, the result of the background check and drug screen after acceptance may prevent the student from attending a clinical rotation at our hospital sites, resulting in the student being dismissed from the program. Therefore, potential applicants should contact the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) prior to applying to the program to determine their eligibility to take the CST exam.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY A Few Frequently Asked Questions…. I have a full-time job. Can I work while Im in the Surgical Technology program? The Surgical Technology Core Curriculum classes are offered day, evening, weekend and some online schedules; therefore, a potential applicant has the flexibility to work before they apply to the Surgical Technology program. After acceptance and starting the Surgical Technology courses themselves, many students do work. However, due to the lecture, lab and clinical schedules during the week and the study time involved in the program, most students who do choose to work while in the program do so part-time on the weekends. Students in the Surgical Technology program are not paid while doing their clinical rotations.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Frequently Asked Questions (cont.) I am going to apply for financial aid. May I use it for the Surgical Technology program? Yes! To apply for financial aid, please see the guidelines on the El Centro website at college.http://www.elcentrocollege.edu/paying- college Students should apply for financial aid well in advance of program application. See the Health & Legal Studies Division Office in Room P-712 at the Paramount Building for available scholarship information.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Frequently Asked Questions (cont.) Are there career advancement opportunities after completing the El Centro College Surgical Technology program? Yes! A sample of the many options for an experienced Surgical Technologist include: Surgical Assistant Specializations in transplant, orthopedic, cardiac, and reconstructive surgical areas Supervisory roles Central Supply management Research, sales, and product development Surgical Technology Educator Animal Care facilities Some positions will require further education. See this link for more information:
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Frequently Asked Questions (cont.) I earned a C in my English course several years ago. I would like to repeat it to earn a higher grade. Which grade will be used for my grade point average and will repeating the course count against my application? You may certainly repeat a course; the last grade earned will be the grade of record. (Ws or withdrawals from the course do not count in grade point average calculation.) Please note, however, that if you earn a grade of D or F in your second attempt in the course, THAT will be the grade of record and we will not honor the C you earned in your first attempt. Repeating a course to earn a higher grade does not count against your application as long as you complete the course with a C or higher on your last attempt.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Frequently Asked Questions (cont.) How do I calculate my grade point average (GPA)? A grade point average is calculated by dividing the number of total grade points earned in a group of courses by the total number of credit hours those courses are worth. For example, a letter grade earns so many grade points per credit hour for that course: A = 4 grade points X the number of credit hours for the course B = 3 grade points X the number of credit hours for the course C = 2 grade points X the number of credit hours for the course
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Frequently Asked Questions (cont.) Add the grade points: = 31 grade points Add the number of credit hours: = 10 credit hours SCIT 1407 – AA = 4 grade points X 4 credit hours for the course = 16 grade points ENGL 1301 – BB = 3 grade points X 3 credit hours for the course = 9 grade points SPCH 1311 – CC = 2 grade points X 3 credit hours for the course = 6 grade points Heres a sample of courses, grades earned, and the grade points for each:
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Frequently Asked Questions (cont.) Where do I park at El Centro and the Paramount Building? Although El Centro College does not have reserved parking for students, staff, or visitors, parking is available at meters and various lots adjacent to the Paramount Building. The average cost of parking per day is $3 - $5. We are conveniently located near the West End DART Rail Station and the West Bus Transfer Center. Students who are enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours in Fall or Spring semesters, or 3 credit hours in Summer are eligible for a FREE DART PASS for that semester! The pass is valid on DART trains and buses. See the guidelines on the El Centro College website at passes. passes DART schedules and route maps can be found at
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Frequently Asked Questions (cont.) I dont have a Social Security Number. Can I still apply to the Surgical Technology program? A Social Security Number (SSN) is not required to apply to the Surgical Technology program. However, many of our hospitals and clinical affiliates require students to have an SSN in order to perform their clinical assignments at that facility. Therefore, clinical opportunities may be limited for a student without an SSN. Although an SSN is not required to apply to the program, it is required to take the CST examination. Therefore, students who are accepted to the Surgical Technology program are strongly encouraged to contact the El Centro College International Center for information on obtaining an SSN well in advance of graduation from the program. IMPORTANT NOTE: Should a clinical opportunity not be available for a student who has no SSN, the student may not be eligible to continue in the Surgical Technology program.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Frequently Asked Questions (cont.) Do I need healthcare insurance to apply to the Surgical Technology program? Proof of coverage is not required to apply to the Surgical Technology program. However, if you are currently covered by a personal health care insurance policy, we encourage you to include a photocopy of that documentation with your application materials. If you are accepted to the Surgical Technology program and did not include your insurance documentation with your application materials, you must submit proof of personal health insurance coverage prior to the first day of classes in the fall semester. Please note that personal healthcare insurance is not the same as the fee for student liability insurance coverage which is paid in conjunction with your tuition.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY For additional assistance…. … and one-on-one advisement for El Centro Colleges health occupations programs, you may wish to make an appointment with one or our academic advisors, Mr. Tolentino and Mr. Peschka. Their addresses and telephone numbers are found in the back of the General Information section of the Surgical Technology information packet. You may be interested in health care and would like more information on the different health care career opportunities. We suggest that you visit the Health Careers Resource Center. Their counselors will provide you with information on the variety of health care programs at El Centro College and other colleges in our area. The Health Careers Resource Center is located on the 7 th floor of R Building. Telephone: Website:
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Q & A Session However, if you still need additional clarification about what we have already covered in this presentation, we will hold general Q & A sessions at the Paramount Building which will be open only to individuals who have previously viewed our online information sessions. We trust that this online session has answered most of your basic questions about our Surgical Technology program and application requirements. For Q & A session dates and times, please us at and type Q&A (no spaces) in the subject line of your IMPORTANT NOTE: The Q & A sessions are not intended to replace the online information sessions.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY THANK YOU for viewing our online information session! We hope that it has been an enlightening and pleasant experience for you. You will now be asked to record your attendance by completing a brief questionnaire as verification. Once you have completed the questionnaire, you may expect to receive the Surgical Technology Application and Students Statement of Responsibility Forms via in 1-2 business days.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Educational opportunities are offered by El Centro College without regard to race, color, age, National origin, religion, sex, disability, or sexual orientation. Copyright 2013 Health Occupations Admissions Office El Centro College Imagine possibilities….. The Health Occupations Admissions Office The Center for Allied Health and Nursing El Centro College https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Gr5EDI0OD_fGd2J0p_67H9LblXYR3bqa NFdPR8bxulM/viewform Please click on the link below to access, complete, and submit the questionnaire. You may then return to this slide and press the Escape key to exit the online information session.