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Surgical Technology Program

The Surgical Technology Program is a vocational certificate program that can be completed in 10.5 months. Surgical technologists are allied health professionals and are an integral part of the surgical team. The surgical technologist functions under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure a safe operating room environment, that equipment functions properly and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of aseptic technique, combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, implementation of tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Duties of the surgical technologist may be performed in operating rooms, ambulatory surgery centers, central supply, labor and delivery areas, cardiac catheterization laboratories, private physician offices and other areas where invasive procedures are performed.

Additional education combined with this specialized focus, affords the surgical technologist the ability to function well in a number of diverse areas. The multi-competency is demonstrated by their use in cardiac catheterization laboratories, medical sales, product development and research. Laser technology, biomedical engineering, technical writing, photography, illustration, and medical-legal auditing are the areas in which their education has an available application.

The Surgical Technology Program at Daytona State College uses the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting's Surgical Technology Certification Exam as the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting's (ARC/STSA) approved Outcome Assessment Exam (OAE) to measure graduates performance. Using available data from the most recent ARC/STSA annual report Daytona State College has a National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Certification pass rate of (2016-2017) - 60% and more recently (2017-2018) – 83%.

The Surgical Technology Program Daytona Beach Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( Information may be obtained from CAAHEP, 25400 U.S, Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; (727) 210-2350.

Applications are accepted anytime during the year and are reviewed for selection in early June.

Questions? Contact Dana Bancer, CST, FAST, Assistant Chair, Surgical Technology Program at  (386) 506-3747, or Melissa Brown, Academic Advisor, at (386) 506-3052

Please note, the college will be moving towards an Associate Degree program in Surgical Technology. Additional information will be shared in the future regarding this transition.


Helpful links:

Surgical Technology Program Guide

Frequently Asked Questions for Surgical Technology

Information Session Schedule 

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Last updated: 2018-11-05T17:22:58.032Z