Health Science

Surgical TechSurgical Technology - Certificate

The Surgical Technology certificate prepares skilled students to enter into the healthcare environment as surgical technologists. Graduates function under the supervision of surgeons and registered nurses, performing duties that are vital for surgical patient safety and care during operative procedures, such as preparing and maintaining sterile fields; passing instruments, sutures, and sponges; and functioning as a key part of the surgical team. Students are trained in aseptic techniques, medical-equipment nomenclature, and human anatomy for the operating room. HGTC's Surgical Technology program provides students with classroom study, laboratory practice, and clinical experience.

Note: While general-education courses may be taken in the evening, core courses are scheduled at various times and clinical experiences are scheduled in the early morning, consistent with operating room schedules.

Credit Requirements: 37 semester credit hours

Career Outlook

Supervised clinical practice in surgical environments prepares the student for entry-level positions in such areas as:
  • Hospital operating room departments
  • Obstetrical departments
  • Surgical supply and/or processing departments
  • Outpatient surgical centers
  • Surgeon office practices
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