Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology

Application deadline - March 15

ANNOUNCING  - The OTC Surgical Technology program has received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving at least a 90 percent pass rate on its Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination during the 2013-14 academic year.

OTC Surgical Technology students achieved a 92 percent pass rate on the CST exam. Within two weeks of graduation, 100 percent of OTC surgical technologist graduates accepted positions within their field.

The OTC Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in conjunction with the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Surgical technologists are allied health professionals, who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners, providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings.

A surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, 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 sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the employment outlook for Surgical Technologists is expected to increase about as fast as average for all occupations.

The OTC Surgical Technology program will prepare the students to:

  • prepare sterile fields for surgical procedures
  • pass instruments to surgeons
  • assist with patient transport and care
  • help with operating room turnover

In accordance to Federal Regulations, each institution is required to provide pertinent information regarding Gainful Employment programs.  The information includes general program information, cost, student debt, student completion (graduation) and job placement. Review the Gainful Employment data for your selected program of study.

Questions that cannot be answered via the provided links should be emailed to or contact the Allied Health office in Lincoln Hall, room 210, on the OTC campus, (417) 447-8803, 447-8954 and 447-8804.




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