Surgical Technology

Program

The Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology program prepares individuals for employment as an integral part of a surgical team. Surgical technologists work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical staff in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during and after surgery. 

The program consists of classroom and laboratory instruction on campus and clinical instruction in clinic and hospital settings in the surrounding area. Graduates of the Surgical Technology program are eligible to sit for the National Certified Surgical Technologist Examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

The Surgical Technology program received is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater FL 33756, Phone (727) 210-2350, Fax (727) 210-2354, www.caahep.org. Students successfully completing this program will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science degree.

Associate of Applied Science

Fall Semester
COURSE   SEM. HR.
SURG 1002 Introduction to Health Sciences 2
SURG 1106 Fundamentals of Surgical Technology 6
SURG 1102 Principles of Pharmacology and Anesthesia 2
SURG 1123 Fundamentals of Surgical Technology Skills Laboratory 3
SURG 1132 Surgical Technology Practicum I 2
TOTAL 15
 
Spring Semester
COURSE   SEM. HR.
SURG 1206 Perioperative Techniques and Procedures 6
SURG 1222 Perioperative Techniques and Procedures Skills Laboratory 2
SURG 1202 Surgical Procedures I 2
SURG 1216 Surgical Technology Practicum II 6
TOTAL 16
 
Summer Semester
COURSE   SEM. HR.
SURG 1302 Surgical Procedures II 2
SURG 1322 Surgical Procedures III 2
SURG 1305 Surgical Technology Practicum III 5
TOTAL 9
 
Total Program Hours   70
 

Basic Studies Requirements:

Reading - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 41 or above (or) COMPASS 82 or above or complete BSTD 0113 Reading Skills II. Students testing into basic studies reading are required to take the Nelson-Denny reading test for placement into the appropriate reading class.

Writing - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 42 or above (or) COMPASS 75 or above (or) complete BSTD 0213 Fundamentals of Writing II

Math - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET Intermediate Algebra Skills 43 or above (or) COMPASS 71 or above (or) complete BSTD 0513 Intermediate Algebra.

SAS - A course required for all first-time, full-time degree-seeking students and students who test into two or more basic studies courses

If you are interested in further information regarding this program, contact:

Kellye Young, Program Director
South Arkansas Community College
300 South West Avenue, El Dorado AR 71730
Phone (870) 875-7284 Fax (870) 864-7140

Admission Process

Applicants to the professional program MUST:

  • provide official copy of high school or GED Equivalency with transcript, or official college transcript if applicable
  • complete general admissions procedures to the college
  • complete all necessary basic studies requirements according to placement tests
  • complete Health Science Application forms
  • submit 3 reference letters
  • complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better
  • meet with Surgical Technology advisor
  • submit an unencumbered drug screen upon request
  • submit an unencumbered background check upon entry to the program
  • provide proof of current American Heart Association CPR Certification - Health Care Provider
  • provide proof of PPD skin test, IGRA test or chest X-ray if positive PPD test or unable to submit to skin test
  • provide proof of Hepatitis B immunization series or sign declination statement
  • provide physical examination form completed by a health care provider documenting good physical and mental health upon being admitted
  • provide proof of immunity to varicella. Proof may consist of 1) proof of vaccination, 2) statement of physician verifying that student had varicella, or 3) varicella antibody titer indicating immunity.
  • Proof of current Influenza Virus Vaccination
  • have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or greater
  • Successfully complete with 2.0 GPA ("C") or better in each of the following prerequisite courses:
    • Anatomy I and Lab I
    • Anatomy II and Lab II
    • Microbiology
    • Medical Terminology

 

 

Enrollment is limited to 10 students per year. Student selection is based on:

  • 1. Cumulative GPA
  • 2. GPA for prerequisite courses A&P I/L, A&P II/L, Microbiology/L and Medical Terminology Academic Progression Students must complete all components of surgical technology courses with a grade of “C” (78%) or higher to progress to the following semester. Each preceding semester is a prerequisite to the following semester. Courses are sequenced so that material covered in subsequent courses is based on that covered in previous courses.

 

 

Academic Progression

Students must complete all components of surgical technology courses with a grade of “C” (78%) or higher to progress to the following semester. Each preceding semester is a prerequisite to the following semester. Courses are sequenced so that material covered in subsequent courses is based on that covered in previous courses.

Application Deadlines

To apply for admission to a HNS Professional Program, applicants must have completed:

  • all basic studies requirements,
  • all prerequisite classes (or be currently enrolled in) as specified in the SouthArk catalog for each professional program.

See SouthArk catalog for specifics regarding each program's requirements and/or consult program advisor.

Program

Class Begins

Application Deadline

LPN – Spring Days and Warren

January, 2015
Spring Semester

September 25, 2014
By 5:00 p.m.

LPN -Evenings

January, 2016
Fall Semester

TBA

RN

January, 2015
Spring Semester

  August 31, 2014

Surgical Technology

Fall Semester
2014

Currently Accepting Apps until filled

OTA

Summer Semester
2015

April 01, 2015

PTA

Summer Semester
2015

March 1, 2015

Radiologic Technology

Fall Semester
2015

 March 30, 2015

EMT

  Fall & Spring
Semester

 No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Paramedic

August, 2013
Fall Semester

 Applications Due
 July 18, 2014

CNA

 CNA Classes offered each Semester
Fall/Spring/Summer

 Applications Available 
until filled 

Respiratory Therapy

Summer
2015

TBA

Coding - HIT

August, 2014

No Application Process –
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Transcription - HIT

August, 2014

No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled

MLS

Fall Semester
2014

Applications Available until filled

Phlebotomy/EKG

Fall Semster
2014

Applications Available until filled

Prerequisite Courses

COURSE   SEM. HR.
BIOL 2064/L Human Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab 4
BIOL 2074/L Human Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab 4
MBIO 1124/L Microbiology with Lab 4
HIT 1003 Medical Terminology 3
*ENGL 1113 Composition I 3
*ENGL 1123 Composition II 3
*PSYC 2003 General Psychology 3
*MATH 1023 College Algebra and/or RNSG 2113 Math for Nurses (for current academic year)
(Math for Nurses required for 2015-2016 applicants)
3
*CSCI 1003 Computers and Information Processing 3
 
TOTAL 30
 
*The following courses must be completed prior to enrollment in the first semester of the program: BIOL 2064/L, BIOL 2074/L, MBIO 1124/L, and HIT 1103. Three of the five general education courses must be completed before admission into the Surgical Technology Program. Two of the five general-education courses may be taken concurrently with the Surgical Technology courses, with a maximum of one course per semester.

Advisory Committee

Member Address Affiliate Phone
Barron, Sallie, RN, CNOR, RNFA
Surgical Staff Nurse
700 West Grove
El Dorado, AR 71730
MCSA 870.864.3381
Cook, Bob, RN, BSN
Director of Surgical Services
700 West Grove
El Dorado, AR 71730
MCSA 870.864.3396
Gartman, Kathy RN, MSN
Chief Nursing Officer
700 West Grove
El Dorado, AR 71730
MCSA 870.864.3269
Cox, Benny
Certified Public Accountant
451 N. Washington
El Dorado, AR 71730
Consumer representative 870.862.9950
Ratcliff, John, DR
Surgeon, OB/GYN
209 Thompson
El Dorado, AR 71730
  870.881.9311
Pope, Margaret, RN
Director of Surgical Services
P O Box 400
Crossett, AR 71735
Ashley County Medical Center 870-364-1257
Brown, Arthur, MPH, RRT
Dean of Health and Natural Sciences
P O Box 7010
300 S. West Avenue
El Dorado AR 71730
South Arkansas Community College 870-864-7102
Sanders, Melodee, RN
Assistant DON
638 California
Camden AR 71701
Ouachita County Medical Center 870-836-1215
Moore, Bonnie, AAS, CST
Practicing CST
700 West Grove Street
El Dorado AR 71730
Medical Center of South Arkansas 870-864-3381
Davidson, Keitha, MSN, CNOR, CST
Program Director of Nursing
P O Box 7010
300 S. West Avenue
El Dorado AR 71730
South Arkansas Community College 870-875-2348
Choat, Jessica, STS
2013-2014 SACC Surgical Technology
Class President SouthArk ST Student
P O Box 7010
300 S. West Avenue
El Dorado AR 71730
South Arkansas Community College  

Ball, Mearlene, MSN,BSN,CNOR
O.R. Manager

638 California
Camden AR 71701
Ouachita County Medical Center 870-836-1215

LeBlanc, AAS,CST
Graduate

700 West Grove
El Dorado, AR 71730
Medical Center of South Arkansas 870-864-3381

Mendoza, Brandy, AAS, CST
Faculty

300 South West Ave.
El Dorado, AR 71730
South Arkansas Community College 870-875-7283

Gati, Kennith, Dr.
Orthopedic Surgeon

100 Meadowview Dr.
El Dorado, AR 71730
South Arkansas Orthopedic
and Sports Medicine
870-862-1144

 

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Faculty and Staff

Kellye Young, RN, CST
Program Director

Brandy Mendoza, AAS, CST
Clinical Instructor