The Surgical Technology Program offers classroom and clinical experiences for the entry-level surgical technologist which includes courses in aseptic technique, operative procedures, patient care, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, medical terminology, medical/legal aspects, technological sciences (computer, electricity & robotics), and related general education to help the student fulfill his/her role as an important, knowledgeable member of the surgical team.
The goal of the Surgical Technology Program is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Further, the Surgical Technology Department will provide students with the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as a surgical technologist and become a contributing member of the healthcare team.
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology will be awarded the successful graduate of the 24-month program. Qualified graduates may apply to the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), to take the Surgical Technologist Certifying Examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist.
The Surgical Technology program produces surgical technologists to meet the needs of hospitals and other health facilities in the nine-county region of Holmes Community College as well as surrounding counties. The program provides education in the applied roles of all aspects of surgical technology, including the role of second assistant and circulator, to both traditional and non-traditional students to serve as a member of the surgical team to assist in delivering patient care and to assume appropriate responsibilities before, during and after surgery.
National Exam Pass Rate NBSTSA (1st write)
2019 – 82%
2020 – 100%
2021 – 73%
2022 – 91%
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Surgical Technology Continuance & Graduation
Successful completion of any semester of study must include 75 percent mastery of each subject in order to progress to the next semester. Some courses may require training at local clinical facilities. Graduation requirements include completion of the prescribed clock hours as mandated by the Mississippi Community College Board. Holmes Community College Surgical Technology Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org), 9355, 113th Street, North, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775, (727) 210-2350 upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).