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Surgical Technology

The goal of the Surgical Technology program is to provide educational opportunities to individuals that will enable them to obtain knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to succeed in the Surgical Technology field; to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains; and to provide the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become gainfully employed.

Surgical technologists are certified following the successful completion of a CAAHEP-accredited program or other programmatically-accredited surgical technology program and the national Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Savannah Technical College students who have successfully completed the necessary course work for the Surgical Technology program MUST PARTICIPATE in taking the national board exam. Applications are submitted to the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for review, along with the student’s testing fee and after receiving approval, the National Board Exam is scheduled for proctor at the College.  Upon passing the exam, the successful student is awarded National Certification as a Surgical Technologist. The testing fee is included in the program cost.

Savannah Technical College NBSTSA Exam and Outcomes Assessment pass rate:
Class of 2014       17/20     85.0%
Class of 2015       14/15      93.3%
Class of 2016       18/21      86.0%
Class of 2017       18/21      86.0%
Class of 2018       11/12      92.0%
Class of 2019       13/15      87.0%

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of surgical technologists is expected to increase 19 percent through 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics