Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the surgical team. Their primary role is to work with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical technologists in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during, and after surgery.
About the Program
The program has limited enrollment and admits one class each fall. The prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress prior to application for program admission. Prospective students should contact the Surgical Technology Program Director for admission deadlines. Applicants must be in excellent physical health and be able to perform the rigorous physical tasks required of the profession. In addition, candidates must have a stable emotional temperament to be able to function safely and use good judgment under stressful conditions. Drug screening and criminal background checks may be required by clinical affiliates for those persons accepted into the program.
Once the student has been accepted, the intensive 11-month surgery core program combines classroom lectures and discussions, laboratory demonstrations with hands-on practice, and supervised clinical experiences in actual patient care settings to provide students with a variety of learning opportunities. Clinical rotations will include experiences outside of Laramie County, and students must be willing and able to travel to attend scheduled clinical assignments. Due to the distance, overnight stays may be necessary.
- Association of Surgical Technologists (professional association)
- National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (certification)
- Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
- American College of Surgeons
- Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
- Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety
Drug Screening and Criminal Background Checks
In addition to drug screening, for the safety of patients and health care workers, child abuse clearance and criminal background checks are required by some agencies prior to a clinical assignment. Certain criminal activity, as evidenced by a criminal background check, may also disqualify a student from clinical participation.
Students are advised that the inability to gain clinical education experiences can result in the inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. These circumstances may prevent acceptance into and/or continuance in the program..
Program Graduation Competencies
Cognitive Learning Domain
- Graduates will apply fundamental theoretical knowledge in the practice of surgical technology.
- Graduates will acquire and evaluate emerging surgical knowledge.
Psychomotor Learning Domain
- Graduates will effectively and safely manipulate surgical equipment, instruments, and supplies.
- Graduates will consistently maintain sterile technique.
Affective Learning Domain
- Graduates will demonstrate the ability to maintain a stable emotional state, even under stressful conditions, which enables the effective use of reason and good judgment in patient care situations.
- Graduates will demonstrate the formation of a strong sterile conscience.
- Graduates will demonstrate professional behaviors expected of surgical technologists.