Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology



Brandon Buckner, Program Director
Allied Health Building, Office 125
(409) 984-6367
bucknebr@lamarpa.edu

The Surgical Technology Program operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • Treated with dignity and respect;

  • Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

  • Provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

Program Description

Surgical technologists are responsible for preparing sterile supplies and equipment for surgical procedures, for assisting surgeons during operative procedures by passing instruments, ensuring that equipment in the surgical suite functions properly and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

The Surgical Technology Program provides an instructional experience for students designed to prepare graduates for 1) entry-level positions as a surgical technician and 2) successful completion of the licensure requirements. Courses ensure that students acquire the skills necessary to function in the surgical suite and deliver competent care to patients. Individuals interested in enrolling in the Surgical Technology Program must apply to the program. Surgical Technology Program admission forms, criteria and admission procedures are available from the Surgical Technology Program. Applications are due July 15 of each year. Admission to the program is based upon academic success. Applicants must pass all sections of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). Those failing one or more sections must reapply one year later during the normal admission times. Applicants selected to enroll in the program will begin classes in the Fall Semester.

Surgical Technology Program Application Form

The Surgical Technology Program provides students with the option of earning a one-year certificate or a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree.

Successful completion of the program allows graduates to complete the Certified Surgical Technologist Exam administered through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) www.nbstsa.org/.

The Surgical Technology Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) www.arcstsa.org/, and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) www.caahep.org/. In compliance with CAAHEP’s change to Standard V.A.4 in the accreditation Standards, each Surgical Technology program MUST publish ARC/STSA approved Outcomes Assessment Exam (OAE) pass-rate from the program’s most recently submitted Annual Report.

The Annual Pass rates for Lamar State College-Port Arthur’s Certified Surgical Technologist Exam:

2012-2013 is 100%
2013-2014 is 88%
2014-2015 is 100%
2015-2016 is 100%
 

Job Opportunities

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics surgical technology graduates can expect a much greater than average increase in job opportunities. Employment of surgical Technology graduates is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022. Numerous job openings will result from the ongoing changes in the medical field and advancements in technology.

Surgery technology graduates are employed in hospitals, labor & delivery units, surgery centers, physician offices, and other health-care facilities. www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm
 

Contact Information

Brandon Buckner, CST
Program Director
Phone: (409) 984-6367
Email: bucknebr@lamarpa.edu
 

Faculty

  1. Brandon Buckner, CST
  2. Truman Hare, CST
Degree Plan
First Year
First Semester
Couse Number Title SCH
NURA 1301 Nurse Aide for Health Care 3
NURA 1160 Clinical-Nursing Assistant/Aide 1
BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy and Physiology I + 4
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology II + 4
BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors + 4
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking + 3
  Total Hours 22
Second Semester
SRGT 1405 Introduction to Surgical Technolog 4
SRGT 1409 Fundamentals of Perioperative Concepts/Techniques 4
SRGT 1360 Clinical-Surgical Technology 3
ELECTIVE Social/Behavioral Science Elective + 3
  Total Hours 14
Second Year
Third Semester
SRGT 1541 Surgical Procedures I 5
SRGT 1461 Clinical-Surgical Technology 4
BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications * 3
ELECTIVE Humanities/Fine Arts 3
  Total Hours 15
Fourth Semester
SRGT 1442 Surgical Procedures II 4
SRGT 2130 Professional Readiness 1
SRGT 1462 Clinical-Surgical Technology 4
  Total Hours 9
  Degree Plan Total Hours 60

* WECM courses
+ General education courses
* Course must have been completed within the last 5 years
 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Surgical Technology Program is a two-phase process. During Phase I, the student must complete the application process for general admission to LSCPA.

During Phase II, the student must review the application process for the Surgical Technology Program, complete the Surgical Technology Program application packet and deliver the application to the Allied Health Department. Students also will be required to go to the Student Success Center to take the Surgical Technology Program’s Pre-Admission Examination and complete the Interview Questionnaire.
 

Pre-Admission Examination

Prospective students must take the Pre-Admission Exam at the LSCPA Student Success Center between June 1 and the application due date of July 15. The Pre-Admission Exam is a 100 question multiple choice exam taken from the final exams of the five prerequisite courses. This exam is used as an evaluation tool and is not the deciding factor in admission to the program.
 

The Application Guidelines

The Application Guidelines are designed to answer common questions, outline program requirements, and provide you with the following items:
  1. Application and procedure for admission to the Surgical Technology Program.
  2. Information about the required health exam.
  3. Guidance to obtain financial aid.
  4. Program of study and surgical technology course descriptions.

Selection Criteria

Students will be ranked according to their scores on the 7-item Admission Rating Scale. Students will receive 4 points for an A, 3 points for a B, and 2 points for a C on each of the prerequisite courses as well as points based on the number of academic credit hour courses the student has completed with a C or better. The Pre-Admission Exam score will also be added into this scale. The scores will then be tallied and placed in numerical order from greatest to least with the top 12 students getting acceptance letters. This scale has been developed by the Surgical Technology Standards Committee composed of surgical technology faculty. The goal of the Surgical Technology Standards Committee is the selection of the best qualified applicants. Lamar State College Port Arthur is an open access institution. All slots will be filled with the most qualified applicants available in any given admission period.
 

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate a student must:
  1. Earn a "C" or better in ALL courses in the Recommended Program of Study. All Surgical Technology courses (SRGT) require a minimum score of 75% for a grade of “C.”
  2. Successfully complete ALL courses in the Degree Plan (Degree or Certificate).
  3. Submit an application to the National Board of Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to take the Certified Surgical Technology Exam and pay associated fees.
  4. Submit LSCPA graduation application and pay associated fees.
Lamar State College Port Arthur is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, handicap, or national origin.
 

Background Check Information

Potential students must have a clear background check through PreCheck before admittance to the program. Students with a criminal history must receive approval review for compliance with the Texas State Department of Aging and Disability Services. www.dads.state.tx.us/hiringbars/ The background check process is also required by the clinical facilities which provide direct patient care experience to LSCPA students. This ensures uniform compliance with Joint Commission standards pertaining to human resource management. Successful completion of the background check process prior to beginning the surgical technology program does not guarantee certification or employment after graduation.
 

Health Screening/Immunization Requirements

Once accepted into the Surgical Technology Program, each student must have a
  1. Physical exam by a physician or nurse practitioner of their choice.
  2. Show documentation of the required immunizations.
    1. MMR
    2. Tetanus (within last 10 years)
    3. Hepatitis B (3 shot series)
    4. Varicella/Chickenpox (documentation of having the disease or vaccination),
    5. Tb Skin Test (within last 6 months)
    6. Seasonal Influenza Vaccination (documentation from physician if unable to have the Influenza vaccination)
    7. Bacterial meningitis. Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination is required for all new students under age 22. This includes ALL transfer students and students that have taken either a fall or spring semester off from college. All first-time freshman, transfer students, and students who have taken a leave of absence from school in either a fall or spring semester must have received this vaccination during the five-year period immediately preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of the semester enrolled or re-enrolled.
The physical exam and immunizations must be completed at the student’s expense and before the students can be admitted to a clinical site. Immunizations are available at the Port Arthur Health Department.
 

Student Handbook

The Student Handbook contains general guidelines, procedures and policies information specific to Lamar State College Port Arthur Surgical Technology Program students seeking admission to, admitted to and/or enrolled. The Surgical Technology Program Student Handbook also contains supplements in the Appendices providing specific guidelines and procedures. These supplements are to be used in conjunction with the College Catalog and syllabus for each course. Strong effort is made to keep the information current; however, policy and procedural changes may be made at any time. It is the responsibility of the student to keep current through didactic and clinical instructors and online sources. Please review the information carefully.
 

Uniform and Dress Code Policy

The comfort, security, and wellbeing of the patient is dependent upon the surgical technologist’s level of knowledge and competence; however, in addition to this, it is influenced by the surgical technologist’s personal hygiene, appearance, and behavior. Poor grooming and inappropriate behavior may convey to the patient and family a feeling of carelessness. Students who are participating in the clinical requirements or other designated activities of the LSCPA Surgical Technology Program will be attired appropriately as set forth by the guidelines of the program and/or the policy of the hospital or agency where the student is participating. The following guidelines are established to promote the professional appearance of the student during simulation experiences, data collection and clinical experiences.
  • All students will wear the official uniform of the LSCPA Surgical Technology Program at all times during scheduled simulations and clinical experiences, except in specialty areas where the hospital provides scrub suits or clinical facilities where the facility requires street clothes.
  • Required Uniform
Students Uniform Color
Female Lab Jacket White-Thigh Long
  Unisex Scrub Pants with ties Ceil Blue
  Unisex Scrub Top   Ceil Blue
Male Lab Jacket White-Thigh Long
  Unisex Scrub Pants with ties Ceil Blue
  Unisex Scrub Top  Ceil Blue
All Students LSC-PA Patch (Frank’s Medical Mart) Navy and White












 

Skills/Simulation Learning Laboratories

The goal of the surgical skills/simulation lab is to provide an opportunity for you to become competent with your new skills and clinical thinking and thereby becoming a safe practitioner while working towards excellence in the operating room. The number of hours required for study and preparation for skills and simulation experiences will be considerably more than for a general education course. Much of this study and preparation must be done in the campus Simulation or Skills Learning Lab.
 

LSCPA Book Store

The Lamar State College Port Arthur Bookstore has the majority of the required and recommended textbooks and resources needed for the Surgical Technology Program.
 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What kind of salary can I expect?

According to O*NET OnLine the role of Surgical Technologist has a bright outlook and the local salary is typically $15.58 to $29.89 per hour. Other areas of the state have a slightly higher salary range. www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2055.00
 

How long does it take to complete the Surgical Technology Program?

The typical amount of time to complete an associate’s degree is two years. A certificate usually takes one year to complete.
 

What is the pre-admission test? How long does it take to complete? Where can I take the pre-admission test?

The pre-admission test is a tool used to evaluate the knowledge you gained in the prerequisite courses. It is a 100 question multiple choice test that is made from the final exams of our 5 prerequisite courses. I have allotted 4 hours to take the test and to answer the questionnaire. Most students finish in 2 hours. The test is taken at the LSCPA Student Success Center between June 1 and July 15.
 

When do you select applications for the Surgical Technology Program?

Applications are due by July 15 of each year. Applications are reviewed and the acceptance or denial letters will be mailed out the following week.
 

How often does the Surgical Technology Program begin a new class?

The Surgical Technology Program runs one class per year. We start a new program each Fall Semester.

How are students selected for the Surgical Technology Program?

Students will be ranked according to their scores on the 7-item Admission Rating Scale. Students will receive 4 points for an A, 3 points for a B, and 2 points for a C on each of the prerequisite courses as well as points based on the number of academic credit hour courses the student has completed with a C or better. The Pre-Admission Exam score will also be added into this scale. The scores will then be tallied and placed in numerical order from greatest to least with the top 12 students getting acceptance letters. This scale has been developed by the Surgical Technology Standards Committee composed of surgical technology faculty. The goal of the Surgical Technology Standards Committee is the selection of the best qualified applicants. Lamar State College Port Arthur is an open access institution. All slots will be filled with the most qualified applicants available in any given admission period. The class size is limited by the capacity of the clinical sites; therefore, we admit 12 students per class.
 

When will I know if I have been selected to enter the Surgical Technology Program?

You should receive an acceptance or a denial letter between the last week of July and the first week of August.
 

If I am not accepted into the Surgical Technology Program this year, will I be placed on a waiting list?

No. Each application cycle is a new selection process. You will need to submit a new application form and compete against those that apply for that admissions cycle.
 

How much does it cost to enroll in the Surgical Technology Program?

Students accepted to the program will have expenses not covered by tuition like: scrubs, lab coats, patches, name tags, malpractice insurance, books, and shoes. Students should budget at least $500 dollars for these items. Remember these supplies last the entire year, not just one semester.
 

What is the typical weekly schedule?

Surgical Technology students should plan on class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students are assigned to a clinical site that is off-campus. Clinical days start at 6:30 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. Clinical commitments are 3 to 4 days a week. There are no weekend or evening clinic sessions.
 

Do I need transportation?

Students must have reliable transportation to campus and clinical sites.
 

Will my courses in a certificate program transfer to the degree?

If you begin with the certificate program, all the courses will transfer to the associate degree program.
 

What types of courses are in the degree plan?

This degree requires courses in Anatomy, Microbiology, Basic Nursing, Medical Terminology, Sterile Technique, Instrumentation and Equipment, Pharmacology and Professional Workforce Preparation.
 

Do you have job placement assistance?

Lamar State College Port Arthur does provide job assistance. We have a job board that all students can access throughout their time at school. Upon graduation, provide the job placement office with a current resume.
 

Student Testimonials

Below are testimonials from previous students from the Surgical Technology Program.

“I graduated with an Associates of Applied Science in Surgical Technology in 2012. The faculty and director of the program are professionals with relevant experience who live to help students navigate the learning process. Unlike the usual college experience, you really get to know your instructors and peers. I am now one semester away from earning a Master’s Degree in Public Health, but throughout my academic career I never had as much support from any mentor as I got in this program. They were always honest about what it would take from me to be successful as a student and in the field. If you want a challenging and a unique opportunity to make a difference in Allied Health, look no further than your Lamar State College-Port Arthur family.” “I was a student at Lamar State College-Port Arthur from 2003 until graduation in August 2006. I graduated with an Associates in Applied Science in Surgical Technology. I was the oldest student in the class at age 48. The year before I was to graduate, Hurricane Rita hit our area. My instructor Brandon Buckner kept in touch with all students during the evacuation process and returning to school. He was awesome. Kept pushing me, encouraging me, laughing and crying with me as I had lost everything I owned. For 3 months I lived in a tent on my property and never missed a day of school or clinical because of him. There were days I wanted to give up and quit but he wouldn't let me. I kept on course and graduated because of him.”