Surgical Technology

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Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

Program Begins: Spring Only For more information contact:
Trudy Riehl • Allied Health Campus 261 • 701-224-5756
Vanessa Taylor • Allied Health Campus 265 • 701-224-5722

Program Description
Surgical Technology is a job readiness program for students interested in the exciting environment of the operating room. Surgical technologists work alongside some of the most highly trained medical professionals and possess an expertise in the theory and application of sterile technique. Their combined knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures and surgical instrumentation allows them to aid a physician's performance.
Students receive both theoretical instruction and a clinical internship. Study and degree completion is offered on a two-year or three-year cycle.

A strong science background is recommended with high school preparation in the biological sciences, especially anatomy and physiology. Successful students are those able to perform under pressure in stressful and emergency situations. A strong sense of responsibility, patience, concern for order, manual dexterity and physical stamina are vital.

Program Requirements
The Surgical Technology program is highly selective with limited enrollment. Students first designate Surgical Technology as their intended field of study. Next, they complete one full time semester (at least 12 credit hours) with a minimum overall 2.0 grade point average, including Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab with a "C" or better. The third step is to apply to the program by Nov. 15 prior to spring semester start and participate in an interview.

Prior to the operating room clinical internship, students will need documentation of immunizations. They must undergo a medical exam and apply to the North Dakota Board of Nursing for placement on the "unlicensed assistive personnel" list. (This process includes a criminal background check.) Students will also be required to have and pass a second state, county, federal, and exclusions check, as well as a 12 panel drug screen, which will be done through CastleBranch. These checks are completed at the student's expense and are paid directly to CastleBranch. These costs are not covered by BSC tuition or fees and are non-refundable.

Students who complete the curriculum requirements receive an Associate in Applied Science degree and are eligible to take the National Surgical Technologist Certifying Examination offered at the end of sophomore year.

National Certified Surgical Technologist Exam Pass Rates
For the most recent cohort, the BSC Surgical Technology Program has a 100% pass rate on the exam.

Career Opportunities
Surgical Technologists are in demand across the nation in hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, clinics, and same day surgery centers. They also work in labor and delivery suites, as well as medical insurance companies, medical sales companies and sterile supply services.

Career Possibilities: A surgical technologist may function in the role of a Surgical Technologist or continue their education to function in the role of a Surgical First Assistant.
The Bismarck State College Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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