Workforce Certificate (PSAV/Clock Hour program)
This is a Limited Access program.
The mission of the Surgical Technology program is to prepare students for distinctive success in their academic and personal goals providing high value and relevant life-long education to a diverse community. Students receive the educational development and hands-on training to prepare them for a clinical experience made available by surgical service providers. Furthermore, the skills and education obtained by students are designed to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
This program prepares students for a career as members of the surgical team in the operating room under the direct supervision of professional nurses and surgeons. The instruction includes a combination of classroom studies, classroom lab practice, and clinical experience in the perioperative arena (operating room, pre- and post-anesthesia care, and labor and delivery) which prepares students to assist members of the surgical team (surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and surgical technologists). Particular emphasis is placed upon the skills involved in scrubbing and circulating a wide variety of surgical procedures and the preparation and maintenance of sterilized and unsterilized supplies.
The goal of this program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as an entry-level surgical technologist, preparing competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
The program will meet the educational standards set forth in the current AST Core 6th edition and the criteria set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Standards and Guidelines for Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology. Additionally, the program will meet the educational criteria set forth in the Florida Department of Education Guidelines for the Surgical Technology Program. The program goal is to have graduates become contributing members of a healthcare team that demonstrates safe patient care and surgical consciousness.
A minimum grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all professional coursework.
The pass rate for 2015 graduates taking the Surgical Technology Certification exam for the first time was 84 percent.
Clinical rotations are scheduled in various clinical settings and are a required part of the program of study to assist students to obtain hands-on experience in health care while learning in the student role.
Upon successful completion of program obligations, students are required to take the National Certifying Examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in order to be awarded a certificate for program completion.
The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. (ARC/STSA). The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs can be contacted at 25400 US Highway 19 N. Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350 or www.caahep.org.
Admission to this program is limited and is based on academic performance and other criteria.
It is recommended that students have a conference with the program advisor prior to applying to the program. To meet the minimum requirements for consideration and acceptance to the Surgical Technology program, students must:
- Complete a Florida State College at Jacksonville application.
- Complete a Surgical Technology program application.
- Successful completion of the background and drug screening process upon acceptance into the program.
- A physical examination will be required upon acceptance into the program.
- Provide evidence of current CPR certification (adult, child and infant) achieved through an American Heart Association approved Basic Life Support (BLS) course for Health Care Providers that includes hands-on simulated experiences.
- Submit one of the following:
- An official (unopened) high school completion transcript (no diplomas); or
- An official copy of GED® test scores (a copy will be made and the original returned to the applicant); or
- College transcript (a minimum of 12 college credits must have been completed if using college GPA). Note: Florida State College at Jacksonville transcripts can be unofficial. Transcripts from outside colleges must be official (unopened).
Note: Admissions preference is given to fully qualified candidates who have met all entrance criteria, including the satisfaction of pre-requisite courses. Should seats remain available in the program cohort, applicants who fulfill admissions criteria prior to the start of the program will be considered next, followed by those with the highest number of completed pre-requisite courses. Qualified applicants with pending pre-requisite course requirements will receive a conditional acceptance letter outlining the remaining criteria for full program admission.
The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a major criterion in a student's completion of the program. In order to earn the Workforce Certificate, students must achieve or surpass the designated exit score(s) on the TABE or quality for a TABE waiver. Students with prior coursework, test scores or licensing may qualify for a TABE waiver and can visit or contact any College Assessment and Certification Center to have the waiver processed and added to their individual student record. For students who do not meet the required TABE scores and need assistance in order to meet the exit requirement(s), the College offers remediation in basic skills through Adult Education.
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The application deadline is May 15 each year with classes starting in the fall term.
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