What is a Surgical Technologist?
Surgical technologists are also called surgical technicians or operating room technicians. They assist in preparing operating rooms for surgery. They are responsible for having surgical instruments, sterile bandages and linens, needed fluids, and other equipment ready for the operation. They also assist doctors by handing them needed instruments during surgery and for counting sponges and needles before and after the operation. They deliver specimens to hospital laboratories for analysis, and after operations they take patients to the recovery room.
Surgical technologists spend most of their time in the operating room. They work as
an integral part of the healthcare team alongside surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists,
and other personnel before, during, and after surgery. Their primary role is to ensure
a safe and sterile environment for surgical procedures. Not only do they prepare a
patient for surgery, they also arrange operating room equipment, instruments, and
supplies according to the preference of the surgeons and nurses.
Limited Access Application Process
Steps to apply for the Surgical Technology Limited Access Program
It is important to follow all the steps listed and during the info session listen carefully, to increase your likelihood of acceptance in the program. Note: Only 15 students are accepted per application period.
- Apply to Palm Beach State College
- Apply for Financial Aid. Use primary objective program code 5235. For Financial Aid assistance, call (561) 868-3602
- Attend a mandatory Information Session
- Complete the Limited Access Application (Please check back. New application for November 2017 will be posted soon.)
- Complete and submit all required documents no later than the deadline. The next deadline is November 17, 2017.
After Submitting Your Application
To monitor your Surgical Technology Program application status, do the following:
Check your Palm Beach State College email for notification and for critical steps
to complete program registration, if accepted. Continue to check your Palm Beach State
College email at least once a week after acceptance into the program.
(For help with your Palm Beach State College email login: www.palmbeachstate.edu/HelpDesk.)
- Log on using your PBSC student ID# and pin. This takes you to your student PantherWeb page.
- Click on “Limited Access Application status.”
Please contact our office if you have questions or concerns: (561) 868-3561 or (561) 868-3724.
The Surgical Technology Information Sessions are your opportunity to learn more about the program requirements, ask questions you may have about the program and the profession and it's your opportunity to see an operating room environment. All program applicants must attend at least one Info Session on campus before applying to the Surgical Technology Limited Access Program.
Ability & Skill Requirements
Surgery can be very physically demanding, so good health and stamina are important. Surgical technologists need manual dexterity because they must handle instruments quickly. They also must be conscientious, orderly, and emotionally stable in order to handle the demands of surgeons. Technologists must also be able to respond quickly and have a knowledge of various operating room procedures. Meticulous personal hygiene and a fanatical regard for cleanliness and safety are a must for all healthcare workers. Surgical technologists may be exposed to individuals with infectious diseases such as hepatitis and AIDS. They must observe rigid guidelines to guard against these and other dangers such as radiation, chemicals used for sterilization of instruments, and anesthetics. In addition, they face back injury when moving patients, shocks from electrical equipment, and hazards posed by compressed gases.
Surgical Technologist Training & Advancement
Palm Beach State College's Surgical Technology program involves classroom instruction and practical experience in medical terminology, ethics, medical aspects of surgical care, asepsis (sterile techniques), anatomy, and anesthesia. Graduates must then pass the certification examination administered by the Association of Surgical Technologists in order to practice as a Certified Surgical Technologist.
Surgical technologists work in clean, well-lighted, cool environments. They must stand for long periods and remain alert during operations. At times they may be exposed to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights, odors, and materials. Most surgical technologists work a regular 40-hour week, although they may be on call or work nights, weekends and holidays on a rotating basis.
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