What will I learn?
PCC’s Surgical Technology program will provide you with entry-level experience in surgical techniques, patient preparation, preparing the OR, creating and maintaining a sterile field, scrubbing, gowning and gloving, draping, and utilizing surgical case management. You will learn how to apply hemostasis; use sutures, needles and stapling devices; handle specimens; understand surgical pharmacology and anesthesia; prepare controlled medications on the sterile field; apply wound care and dressing applications; and utilize the principles of asepsis.
Additionally, you will be prepared to handle sharps safely; manage surgical instrumentation, supplies and equipment during surgical procedures; perform surgical counts; and carry out the necessary skills needed to process and sterilize instrumentation and supplies properly.
Finally, you will participate in extensive clinical rotations within hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers to gain experience working in the operating room with certified surgical technologists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, circulating nurses and other qualified OR team members.
After successfully completing the program, you will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technology given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Upon passing the exam, you can practice as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).
Professional Licensure Disclosure
The licensure requirements for Surgical Technology may differ between all 50 states and U.S. territories.
Pueblo Community College (PCC) recommends each student visit National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting to identify the program requirements for each state in which you plan to live and practice.
PCC can only guarantee that the requirements for the state of Colorado are met with our program. The program does not meet requirements in other states. Colorado Surgical Assistant and Surgical Technologist
PCC has not determined if the Surgical Technology meets applicable state requirements for the following states and territories: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.