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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2017-2018

Palm Beach State College

Surgical Technology PSAV

Surgical Technology  (5235) LIMITED ACCESS

Type of Award
PSAV - Post Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate

Program Website

Program Description
This program is designed to prepare the student for employment as a surgical technologist. In a simulated surgical environment, the student will practice preparing, setting up and maintaining a sterile field; preparation of supplies and equipment for surgery; and patient preparation.

Course content includes surgical technology concepts, surgical techniques and procedures. Clinical learning experiences in an operating room and related areas are an integral part of this program.

Students in the surgical technology program learn through classroom instruction and six months of clinical experience in operating room and related areas.

Program Accreditation
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) ( 1361 Park St. Clearwater, FL 33756 (727)210-2350 upon recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA) 6 West Dry Creek Circle Suite 110 Littleton, CO 80120 (309)694-9262.

Program Learning Outcomes
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General Admission Requirements to the College

  • Submit an official high school or GED transcript and official college/university transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended. Refer to the Admission Procedures section of the college catalog for more information regarding transcripts.


Admission Requirements for Surgical Technology
In addition to the above General Admission requirements, student must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for selection to the program. ( Meeting admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program).

  • Take the TABE exam if not exempt from TABE testing. To determine is you are exempt, please go to
  • Attend a mandatory Surgical Technology information session located on program website;
  • Submit a completed Surgical Technology program application, located on the program website, by the deadline.


Completion Requirements
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program. Students must pass with the following minimum Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores: Reading: 11; English: 11; Mathematics: 10 or qualify for TABE exemption.

Program Length
Total program hours: 1,300 hours, three terms. This is a full-time day program from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Clinical hours are 6:45 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.). There are two admission opportunities each year – Fall and Spring.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

For More Information
Jane Fisher,, (561) 868-3561

To see when the course is offered, click the course number. To see a course description, click the course title.
Required Courses Clock Hours: 1,330
STS0003 Introduction to Surgical Technology 144
STS0150C Surgical Technology Procedures 32
STS0008 Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist 32
STS0003L Introduction to Clinical Practicum 144
STS0120 Surgical Specialties 1 48
STS0255L Surgical Specialties 1 Clinical 441
STS0121 Surgical Specialties 2 48
STS0256L Surgical Specialties 2 Clinical 441
  (4 Clinical days per week for 6 weeks)  
Total Program Clock Hours: 1,330

For individualized course sequence

Employment Opportunities
Graduates of the program are eligible for employment in hospital operating rooms, outpatient surgical centers, labor and delivery units, physician's offices and medical sales positions.

Gainful Employment
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Career Path Notes
The Surgical Technology Program provides students with necessary job skills and motivation in keeping with standards of practice as established by the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) and the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN) enabling them to qualify for, secure, maintain, and advance in gainful employment in the field of Surgical Technology.

Career Center
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