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Clinical Instruction

Clinical Instruction is conducted in cooperation with the surgical departments of area hospitals. The technical and clinical instruction will be conducted by the clinical instructor and each area hospital Preceptor representative. Students rotate through twelve Valley hospitals and clinics which allow them to receive hands-on training in a variety of settings.

During the first clinical course, students rotate through Valley Baptist Medical Center Harlingen and Harlingen Medical Center from 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  so that they can master Aseptic Technique and surgical procedures. In the final two semesters of this training, students will rotate every three weeks through various area hospitals and day surgery centers. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from TSTC and the clinical facilities.

Student enrolled in the Surgical Technology Program must have on file all of the following documentation before they can attend the clinical rotation:

  • Physical examination
  • Proof of required immunizations including MMR, Tdap,Flu shot Varicella and Meningitis if applicable.
  • Proof of liability insurance of at least $1 million (available through TSTC)
  • Proof of Hepatitis B and A vaccine (series of three for B and two for A) , It takes 6 months to complete.
  • Proof of tuberculosis tine test or chest x-rays done within the year if not able to take the tine test.
  • Proof of needlestick insurance
  • Proof of  accident insurance
  • Proof of Drug screen test
  • Proof of  Criminal Background Check
  • It is encouraged to have health insurance

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