• Surgical Technology 

     Instructors:  Jeremy Wilson
                         Susan McMillian
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    Surgical Technologists are integral members of the medical surgical team that includes the surgeon, anesthesiologists, RN’s, and LPN’s. This profession is one of the fastest growing careers in the next millennium. The surgical technology student will learn aseptic techniques; instrumentation; surgical procedures; and direct patient care before, during, and after surgery.
    In the last week of the program, the students will take the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technology. Upon successful completion of the program and passing this certification exam, the graduate will hold the credentials of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). National certification is not required for an entry level position in this field, however, certification may be required for advancement.
    The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) retains the sole authority to establish eligibility requirements and make all final decisions regarding eligibility. The graduate/candidate must be from a surgical technology program which is CAAHAP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) accredited during the time of enrollment. The candidate must have documentation of successfully completing all requirements  for graduation.
    Hillyard Technical Center program of Surgical Technology is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and through CAAHEP and the Council of Occupational Education.
    Program Length
    Surgical Technology is an eleven month - five days a week - program. Academic year/completion = 1144 hours, 43 weeks. The program classes are both traditional and laboratory based with clinical rotations beginning in the second semester. Classes meet from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday at Hillyard Technical Center. Times may vary when assigned to clinical areas with hours ranging from 7.5 to 8.5 hours per day during clinical rotations.
    Hillyard Technical Center follows the St. Joseph School District calendar, which can be found under the 'District Info' tab on their website homepage. 
    Program Overview
    This program follows the Association of Surgical Technologist (AST) Core Curriculum 6th edition. 
     Fall Semester  Spring Semester
       Medical Terminology
       Surgical Procedures - lecture/lab
       Pharmacology    Pathophysiology
       Fundamentals of Surgical Technology - lecture/lab
       Clinical Practice I & II
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    The Surgical Technology program is eligible for up to 30 articulated college credit hours applied to the Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology through North Central Missouri College. For information on this articulation, please contact our office at (816) 671-4170.
    Application Process


    In order to be considered for acceptance into this program, applicants MUST have completed the course Human Anatomy and Physiology with a pass rate of  "C" or better or be currently enrolled in that course. This course must be completed from an outside accredited post-secondary institution.
    Details of the application process including forms, fees, policies, financial aid, and application due date can be found under our website's Full Time Programs page or by clicking here