Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an important part of the operating room team. Before, during and after surgery, they deliver patient care and perform tasks that help ensure a safe surgical environment, contributing to and supporting the operating team's efficiency. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.
Technologists prepare and sterilize instruments and surgical supplies, assist physicians during surgical procedures, ensure necessary equipment is properly maintained and available when needed, handle surgical specimens, maintain a sterile atmosphere in the operating room environment and complete necessary paperwork related to surgical procedures.
The comprehensive program at Blackhawk will prepare students for entry-level positions as Surgical Technologists. The Associate Degree program gives students a balanced set of experiences in the classroom, laboratory and clinical setting. Students are trained in procedures, aseptic (sterile) techniques, medical equipment nomenclature, human anatomy and physiology, physics, robotics, and pharmacology for the operating room. Graduates of the program may be employed in a variety of areas such as the operating room, labor and delivery, physicians’ offices, cath labs, and outpatient surgery centers.
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Central Supply Technician
Private Scrub Technologist
Scrub Surgical Technologist
Second Assisting Technologist
The Surgical Technology program is pursuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP), on the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST).
At this time, students who successfully complete Blackhawk Technical College’s Surgical Technology program will sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Comprehensive (Secure) Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Practice Exam.
Upon official granting of accreditation, students who successfully complete the Surgical Technology program at BTC will be eligible to take the official NBSTSA CST Exam and, upon passing, will become certified surgical technologists.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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Petition for Entry
In order to be eligible to petition this program for entry, you must apply to the college, meet all program-specific eligibility requirements, and attend a Health Sciences petition meeting specific to the program you plan to petition. For more information about the petitioning process, visit the Petition Information page.
Students must have proof of their health insurance coverage.
In accordance with Wisconsin Caregiver Background law, applicants with criminal history may be denied placements at clinical affiliates.
Surgical Technology is a non-traditional occupation for males. Visit the Non-Traditional Occupations page to learn more.
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