Program Description

The Surgical Technology program prepares students to perform general technical support tasks in the operating room before, during and after surgery. Includes pre-operative instruction, handling surgical instruments at the table side, maintaining supply inventory before and during operations, sterilization and cleaning of equipment, maintaining clean and sealed environments, following operating room safety procedures and record-keeping, and working with the surgical team. The program also prepares students to function as a member of the surgical team, including, anesthesiologist and scrub nurses.

The graduates of this program will have the knowledge, attitude and skills which will enable them to become safe and competent Surgical Technologists.

A Graduate should be able to:

  •  Demonstrate ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate information pertinent to the practice of surgical technology (cognitive domain).
  • Perform, independently, skills required for employment as an entry-level practitioner (psychomotor domain).
  • Exhibit professional behaviors consistent with college and employer standards for a surgical technologist (affective domain).

Job Outlook

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Surgical Technologists, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm

Program Details

Upon satisfactory completion of the training, students are prepared to seek entry-level positions as medical assistants performing the medical procedures, lab techniques, and front office duties.

Length of program: 61 Semester Credits; 96 Instructional Weeks

Credential Awarded: Associate of Applied Science Degree

Mode of Delivery: Residential

Our Surgical Technology program utilizes both didactic and laboratory teaching methods followed by clinical experiences.  All classes are taught on-site, by instructors who are highly qualified in their areas. Our lab is equipped with a vast range of surgical instruments, personal protective equipment, and other medical supplies to give students both the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary for success.

An externship course is included in this program to provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to real-life situations in a healthcare setting. Students are required to complete the required 500 externship hours and other related learning activities prior to graduation. 

Graduates are eligible to challenge the National Center for Competency
Testing  (NCCT) Tech in Surgery Certified exam (TS-C).

Norcross Institute offers a variety of personalized career services to current students and graduates. We work directly with employers to help provide exposure to our highly qualified students and graduates. Our goal is to align current students and graduates with employers and open positions that match their qualifications through our Employer Partnership Program.

We offer a range of job search strategies such as:

  • Interview tips & techniques
  • Information about career fields and employment outlook
  • Resumé and cover letter assistance
  • Individual career coaching targeted specifically to the student and his or her goals
  • Assist graduates in job placement with various hospitals

We also offer help on how to utilize various online employment websites for students and graduates, including E-Hire, which can send students job leads within a 50-mile radius of their zip code, specific to their certification. Although NIAH is devoted to helping students in job placement, the school cannot guarantee jobs to graduates upon program completion or upon graduation.

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Registration deadline for Spring Semester 2022 is December 17, 2021. Please bring a completed and signed application during office hours along with the required documents.