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Surgical Technology Program

Call (603) 227-7000 ext. 4246 or email us to request an application. 

Surgical instruments on a surgical equipment trayOur Surgical Technology Program prepares students to enter the surgical technology field by teaching knowledge and skills in accordance with the Association of Surgical Technologist Core Curriculum 6th Edition. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the State of New Hampshire Division of Higher Education.

Program Overview

  • Approved for eligible veterans to receive reimbursement under the Montgomery GI bill, while attending the program;
  • Accepts a maximum of 10 students per year;
  • Classes begin each year in September;
  • Graduates receive a certificate of completion and are eligible to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting exam;
  • Pre-clinical training emphasizes didactic instruction as preparation for participation in the clinical training. Classroom instruction includes:
    • Anatomy and physiology;
    • Medical terminology;
    • Microbiology;
    • Pharmacology;
    • Patient care in surgery;
    • Sterile technique;
    • Surgical techniques;
    • Instrumentation and surgical procedures.
  • Clinical training emphasizes clinical experience in surgical procedures. Students function as a member of the operating room team under the supervision of  instructors, staff surgical technologists or registered nurses. Students participate in many types of surgery including:
    • Otorhinolaryngology;
    • Plastic and reconstructive surgery;
    • Orthopaedic procedures;
    • General and vascular surgery;
    • Ophthalmology;
    • Obstetrics and gynecology;
    • Urological procedures;
    • Neurosurgery;
    • Thoracic and cardiac surgery.

Curriculum

Our Surgical Technology Program is divided into four quarters. The classes times are from 8 am – 2:30 pm and clinical times are from 7 am – 3:30 pm. Clinical is one day/week beginning the second week, then three days beginning October 29. In April, clinical time is increased to 4 ½ days/week.

Quarter I (Fall)

Course

Credit Hours

Hours

ST101

Surgical Anatomy and Physiology I

2

22

ST102

Surgical Medical Terminology I

1

11

ST103

Surgical Technology I

4

140

ST104

Surgical Technology Lab I

1

92

ST105

Surgical Technology Practicum I

2

96

Quarter II (Winter)

Course

Credit Hours

Hours

ST201

Surgical Anatomy and Physiology II

2

22

ST202

Surgical Medical Terminology II

1

11

ST203

Surgical Technology II

4

44

ST204

Surgical Technology Lab II

1

44

ST205

Surgical Technology Practicum II

4

264

ST206

Surgical Pharmacology I

1

11

Quarter III (Spring)

Course

Credit Hours

Hours

ST301

Microbiology for Surgical Technologist

1

11

ST302

Surgical Pharmacology II

1

11

ST303

Surgical Technology III

4

44

ST305

Surgical Technology Practicum III

4

288

Quarter IV (Summer)

Course

Credit Hours

Hours

ST401

Surgical Seminar

3

33

ST405

Surgical Technology Practicum II

6

372

Eligibility

English is the language of communication. Sufficient verbal and written skills are required in order to enter this program.

Required Technical Skills

  • Visual acuity sufficient to read instrumentation calibrated in millimeters, identify delicate sutures and needles, manipulate equipment, interpret data, and make fine visual inspection of equipment;
  • Sufficient hearing to assess patient needs and to receive oral communication during surgical procedures;
  • Sufficient written and oral skills to communicate needs promptly and effectively, express and exchange ideas, and interact with patients, surgeons, peers, and other medical personnel;
  • Ability to wear required surgical gear, such as lead aprons, thyroid shields, hats, gloves, masks, protective eyewear and surgical hoods;
  • Ability to work with complex equipment, such as video systems, microscopes, robotics, etc;
  • Ability to perform fine motor functions associated with the operation of surgical instrumentation and equipment. This includes maintaining a steady hand and holding position for lengthy procedures;
  • Ability to maneuver and function within a sterile environment;
  • Ability to move, manipulate and operate surgical power equipment, transport, lift, and position patients for specialty surgical procedures, stand at the sterile field for long periods of time (this includes the ability to go without breaks for lengthy procedures) and lift and transport heavy (50 pounds) equipment and instrument sets;
  • Ability to work with strong, potentially noxious smells;
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and respond appropriately to unexpected situations;
  • Ability to work with wide variations in workload and stress levels;
  • Mental health status sufficient to cope with personal stress in a manner that does not adversely impact performance.

Application Process

Applicants shall be assessed on their demonstrated scholastic achievement, work experience, and basic skills assessment test and potential for success in program. This assessment shall be based on the following:

  • Applicants must have successfully completed the minimal educational requirements for graduation from state-approved high schools, or submit documentation of acceptable equivalent (GED);
  • Each applicant must arrange for official transcripts to be sent from the last high school attended and from all colleges attended (college credits non-transferable). If an applicant received a high school equivalency diploma, an official copy of the diploma must be sent;
  • Three references from individuals not related to the applicant, including a current teacher and/or employer;
  • Pre-entrance interview with Program director, instructors and admissions committee;
  • Minimum score of 18 on basic language and mathematics skills ( Wonderlich) exam administered during pre-entrance interview;
  • Completed application does not guarantee acceptance into the program;
  • Successful completion of student “pre-screening” physical exam requirements;
  • Criminal background check with satisfactory results (provided by the institution);
  • Documentation of current liability insurance coverage (minimum $1,000,000 each incident/ $3,000,000 aggregate);
  • Documentation of current coverage by a health insurance plan.

Applications for the 2015-2016 Surgical Technology Program will be accepted starting October 1, 2014. Deadline for completed application is March 31, 2015.