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Thank you for your interest in TSTC’s Surgical Technology Program, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Surgical technologists, also called operating room technologists, are a vital part of the surgical team and assist in operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses or other surgical personnel.

TSTC’s Surgical Technology program, provides classroom education and supervised clinical experience. Students take courses in English, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Humanities, Medical Terminology, Speech, College Algebra and Psychology. Other studies cover the care and safety of patients during surgery, aseptic techniques and surgical procedures. Students also learn to sterilize instruments, prevent and control infection, and handle special drugs, solutions, supplies and equipment.

As a surgical Technology student, you will be exposed to potentially infectious blood and body fluids. Student will be required to purchase Accident and Needle stick insurance thru TSTC. In addition, you are encouraged to purchase medical insurance. Texas State Technical College will not be held responsible for any injury sustained during the clinical portion of the program.

Most graduates are employed by hospitals, mainly in operating and delivery rooms. Others are employed in clinics, surgical centers, and in the office of physicians and dentists who perform outpatient surgery. A few, known as private scrubs, are employed directly by surgeons.

More details about the Surgical Technology Program are available through the College Information Office, and you are welcome to visit our facilities by scheduling a tour. Department Chair Robert Sanchez and program instructors work with students individually to plan a career path and course schedules. For more information, call 800.852.8784, extension 4805, or 956.364.4805.

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