Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology

Associate of Applied Science

Credits Required for Graduation: 68.00

Program Overview

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.

The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of 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 and therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

National Certification Examination Results

Western Surgical Technology students must take the National Certification Examination as part of the graduation requirements for the program. This exam is given at the end of the Associate Degree Program and is administered at Western in cooperation with Applied Measurement Professionals INC (AMP). The exam is written by the National Board for Certification for Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants (NBSTSA).

Year Western 1st Time Candidates Number Passing Western 1st Time Candidates National Pass Rate
2015 4 4 100% 75.5%
2014 No graduates due to change from Technical Diploma to Associates Degree 74.4%
2013 12 12 100% 69%

Statistical data obtained from AMP web site, data collection, school performance report, NBSTSA