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CNI College’s Surgical Technology Diploma Program

Click on the link below to learn more about wages and employment trends for Surgical Technologist in California.*

Surgical Technologist Occupation Profile

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Preparation for your career starts today as a Surgical Technologist by calling (888) 976-5120 or submitting your information in the form located in the upper right side of page.

CNI COLLEGE SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY DIPLOMA PROGRAM ADVANTAGE:

  • Prepare to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) examination in order to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).
  • Accredited by Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • Only Classroom training, mock surgeries and externships stand between you and a new future.
  • Train in an Operating Room Environment with Surgeons & Anesthesiologists during your externship.

Why Choose CNI College’s Surgical Technology Diploma Program?

The Surgical Technology Diploma Program is delivered in residence and is an 1100 hour comprehensive course of study that combines theory and clinical practice. The curriculum  is designed to provide qualified individuals an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills, which will enable them to become safe and competent practitioners of Surgical Technology. To become certified, graduates of the Surgical Technology Diploma Program must successfully complete the Examination conducted by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

The program prepares students for entry-level positions in a number of health care facilities including hospitals, medical centers, and public and private surgical centers. The program includes a mandatory 500 hour Surgical Technology Externship that must be completed prior to graduation.

Employment of surgical technologists is expected to increase 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be best for surgical technologists who have completed an accredited education program and who maintain their professional certification.**
CNI College's Surgical Technology Diploma Program is:

Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

Approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)

Join the Dynamic Field of Surgical Technology

If you are interested in preparing to become an important part of a surgical team, the Surgical Technology Diploma Program from CNI College could be the ideal match for your post-secondary education.

Our surgical Technology school, located in the city of Orange – surrounding cities in Orange County include Santa Ana, Tustin, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Anaheim, Fullerton, Placentia, Villa Park and Yorba Linda – prepares students for a career as a surgical technologist.

The comprehensive curriculum combines theoretical and hands-on components, including classroom training and mock surgeries. You can also have the opportunity to gain real-life experience by participating in an externship within an actual health care facility. In addition, CNI College can prepare you to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) examination in order to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Take a proactive step toward your educational and career goals. Begin by requesting more surgical technology information from CNI College today! Call or submit your information in the form located in the upper right side of page.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Programmatically accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. beCertification is currently not required to work as an ST in California, but may be required in other jurisdiction. See the Details >>

*CNI College does not guarantee employment.
**Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics

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Benefits

  • Click on the link below to learn more about wages and employment trends for Surgical Technologist in California.
    Surgical Technologist Occupation Profile
    Surgical technologists, also called scrubs or surgical technicians, assist in surgical operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. A surgical technician is a member of operating room teams, which most commonly include surgeons, anesthesiologists, and circulating nurses. Before an operation, a surgical technician helps prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment, sterile drapes, and sterile solutions. They assemble both sterile and non-sterile equipment, as well as adjust and check it to ensure it is working properly. Technologists also get patients ready for surgery by washing, shaving, and disinfecting incision sites. They transport patients to the operating room, help position them on the operating table, and cover them with sterile surgical “drapes.” Surgical techs also observe patients’ vital signs, check charts, and assist the surgical team with putting on sterile gowns and gloves. During surgery, techs pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and surgeon assistants. They may hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments. Surgical techs help prepare, care for, and dispose of specimens taken for laboratory analysis and help apply dressings. Some operate sterilizers, lights, or suction machines, and help operate diagnostic equipment. After an operation, surgical technologists may help transfer patients to the recovery room and clean and restock the operating room.

    THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF BECOMING A SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST:

    • Work with surgeons, anesthesiologists and circulating nurses
    • Graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Exam, and upon passing become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).
    • Classroom training, mock surgeries and externships stand between you and a new future.
    • Train in our state-of-the-art, functional operating theater.
    • Working Conditions – Surgical technologists work in clean, well-lighted, cool environments. Most surgical techs work a regular 40-hour week.
    • Careers in surgical technology are expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2020 as the volume of surgery increases.**

Program Review

Title Course Number Theory Lab Clinical Total Hours Credit Hours
Module I
Anatomy and Physiology I ST 101 50 10 0 60 3.5
Anatomy & Physiology II ST 102 50 10 0 60 3.5
MODULE I TOTALS 100 20 0 120 7
Module II
A & P and Basic Science ST 201 15 5 0 20 1
Medical Terminology ST 202 20 0 0 20 1
Medical Law & Ethics ST 203 10 0 0 10 0.5
Patient Psychology ST 204 10 0 0 10 0.5
Disease Process & Pathophysiology ST 205 15 5 0 20 1
Microbiology ST 206 15 5 0 20 1
Pharmacology and Anesthesia ST 207 15 5 0 20 1
MODULE II TOTALS 100 20 0 120 6
Module III
Introduction to ST & Asepsis ST 301 10 10 0 20 1
Sterilization ST 302 10 10 0 20 1
Surgical Instrumentation ST 303 10 10 0 20 1
Biomedical Science ST 304 15 5 0 20 1
Sutures, Staples, and Wound Healing ST 305 15 5 0 20 1
Drains, Tubes, Catheters, Sponges, and Dressings ST 306 10 10 0 20 1
MODULE III TOTALS 70 50 0 120 6
Module IV
General & Pediatric Surgery ST 401 15 5 0 20 1
OB/GYN and Urology Surgery ST 402 15 5 0 20 1
Orthopedic Surgery ST 403 15 5 0 20 1
Neurologic Surgery ST 404 15 5 0 20 1
Plastic and Head & Neck Surgery ST 405 15 5 0 20 1
Vascular and Cardiothoracic Surgery ST 406 15 5 0 20 1
MODULE IV TOTALS 90 5 0 120 6
Module V
Mock Surgery I ST 501 5 25 0 30 1
Mock Surgery II ST 502 5 25 0 30 1
Mock Surgery III ST 503 5 25 0 30 1
Mock Clearance ST 504 1 19 0 20 0.5
CPR ST 505 1 4 0 5 0
Career Development ST 506 1 4 0 5 0
MODULE V TOTALS 18 102 0 120 3.5
Module VI
Surgical Technology Externship ST 601 0 0 500 500 11
MODULE VI TOTALS 0 0 500 500 11
PROGRAM TOTALS 700 0 500 1100 39.5

Course Descriptions

ST 101 – ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
This surgical Technology course is a study of the following topics and human systems: definition of anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, the cell, tissues, cellular metabolism, skin, muscle, and bone. The functions and interrelationships of these systems are studied. The course emphasizes the homeostatic nature of these systems with reference to human disease states.

ST 102 – ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II
A continuing of the systems of the human body that include: nervous system, sensory systems, eye and ear anatomy and function, blood components, circulatory system, cardiac, vascular, lymphatic system, digestive system and the endocrine system. The course emphasizes the homeostatic nature of these systems with reference to human disease states.

ST 201 – A & P AND BASIC SCIENCE
A continuing of the systems of the human body that include: respiratory system, urinary system and reproductive system. The course emphasizes the homeostatic nature of these systems with reference to human disease states.

ST 202 – MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
This course includes an introduction to medical terminology based on anatomy and physiology. Emphasis is placed on medical word roots, combining forms, prefixes and suffixes and body structure.

ST 203 – MEDICAL LAW & ETHICS
This course presents an overview of the legalities, risk management, and ethical behavior associated within the surgical environment. The AMA codes of ethics and OSHA regulations as they apply to the surgical unit are covered. Discussion and understanding of the American Hospital Association’s Patient’s Bill of Rights is also covered.

ST 204 – PATIENT PSYCHOLOGY
This surgical Technology training course is an introduction to the principles and concepts of patient psychology, which are basic to understanding human behavior. A general overview of the research methods and major research findings of psychology are presented, as well as a survey of current theories used to interpret these findings. Topics covered include methodology, physiology, learning, perception and cognitive processes, development, motivation and emotion, personality, abnormal behavior, therapy and social psychology and death and dying.

ST 205 – DISEASE PROCESS & PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
This course is an introduction to the causes of disease and pathological conditions of the body and the body’s response mechanisms, both adequate and inadequate. Common diagnostic and treatment modalities also will be discussed.

ST 206 – MICROBIOLOGY
This course is a study of basic microbiology, infection control, and disease processes to the body. The principles of medical and surgical asepsis will be demonstrated. Sanitizing, disinfection, and different modes sterilization is discussed. Blood borne pathogens will be included.

ST 207 – PHARMACOLOGY AND ANESTHESIA
This course is the study of drugs with emphasis on concepts related to steps in the drug cycles and side effects. Students will learn major classifications of drugs and usual drug choices for selected diseases and pathological conditions. They will learn appropriate terms, abbreviations, equivalents and math concepts in calculations of dosages. Different modes of anesthesia will be discussed.

ST 301 – INTRODUCTION TO ST & ASEPSIS
This course is designed to orient the student to surgical technology and provide a comprehensive knowledge of patient care concepts, as well as personal and professional relationships in surgical technology. The scope of practice for a surgical technologist is discussed. The principles of medical and surgical asepsis will be demonstrated along with proper opening of surgical packs, gowning, sterile gloving, and setting up a sterile field.

ST 302 – STERILIZATION
This course is a study of basic microbiology, infection control, and disease processes of the body. Sanitizing, disinfection, and different modes sterilization is discussed. Blood borne pathogens will be will be reviewed.

ST 303 – SURGICAL INSTRUMENTATION
This course is designed to evaluate the student in his/her knowledge and skills in various surgical instrumentation, classifications, common names and usage.

ST 304 – BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE
This course introduces the student to computer hardware and software programs. Emphasis is placed on the development of word processing skills, which include techniques for creating, editing, saving and printing documents. Also includes the safety factors regarding bio-physical practices in the operating room. Electricity, mechanical robotics, sterilization, chemical, heat, gases, and sounds and vibrations are some of the concerns discussed for patient safety.

ST 305 – SUTURES, STAPLES, AND WOUND HEALING
This course introduces the student to types of wounds, healing process, classification, wound management, common suture types, suture classification, usage, and various types of stapling devices.

ST 306 – DRAINS, TUBES, CATHETERS, SPONGES, AND DRESSINGS
This course introduces the student to various types of drainage systems, usage classification, surgical counts, types of dressings, and sponge usage in various procedures. Transferring of patients and emergency procedures with vital signs and review of anesthesia concepts are reviewed.

ST 401 – GENERAL & PEDIATRIC SURGERY
This course is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills for specific surgical procedures in diagnostic, specimens, general and pediatric surgery for the surgical technologist. Diagnosis and surgical interventions are taught.

ST 402 – OB/GYN AND UROLOGY SURGERY
This course is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills for specific surgical procedures in diagnostic OB/GYN and Urologic surgical procedures for the surgical technologist. Diagnosis and surgical interventions, along with specimens are taught.

ST 403 – ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY
This course is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills for specific orthopedic and oral/maxillofacial surgical procedures for the surgical technologist. Diagnosis, surgical interventions, and specimens are taught.

ST 404 – NEUROLOGIC SURGERY
This course is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills for specific neurological and ophthalmic surgical procedures for the surgical technologist. Diagnosis, surgical interventions, and specimens are taught

ST 405 – PLASTIC AND HEAD & NECK SURGERY
This course is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills for the specific surgical procedures in diagnostic, plastic, reconstructive, and Otorhinolaryngologic surgical procedures for the surgical technologist. Diagnosis, surgical interventions, and specimens are taught.

ST 406 – VASCULAR AND CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY
This course is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills for specific surgical procedures in diagnostic, peripheral vascular and cardiothoracic surgical procedures for the surgical technologist. Diagnosis, surgical interventions, and specimens are taught.

ST 501 – MOCK SURGERY I
This course is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills for specific surgical procedures in general, OB/GYN, ENT, plastic, and reconstructive surgery, genitourinary surgery, orthopedic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and peripheral vascular surgery procedures for the Surgical Technologist. The students will implement aseptic technique in set-up and steps of the procedures.

ST 502 – MOCK SURGERY II
This course is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills for specific surgical procedures in general, OB/GYN, ENT, plastic and reconstructive surgery, genitourinary surgery, orthopedic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and peripheral vascular surgery procedures for the Surgical Technologist. The students will implement aseptic technique in set-up and steps of the procedures.

ST 503 – MOCK SURGERY III
This course is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills for specific surgical procedures in general, OB/GYN, ENT, plastic and reconstructive surgery, genitourinary surgery, orthopedic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and peripheral vascular surgery procedures for the Surgical Technologist. The students will implement aseptic technique in set-up and steps of the procedures.

ST 504 – MOCK CLEARANCE
This course is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills for specific surgical procedures in general, OB/GYN, ENT, plastic and reconstructive surgery, genitourinary surgery, orthopedic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and peripheral vascular surgery procedures for the Surgical Technologist. The students will be tested on various types of procedures where the students will implement aseptic technique in set-up and steps of the procedures prior to being assigned to a clinical externship rotation.

ST 505 – CPR
Standard CPR, AED and First Aid material is presented and students practice techniques leading to a required certification for program completion.

ST 506 – CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Career Development emphasis is placed on assessing personal strengths, career expectations, developing job search techniques, resume’ preparation and interviewing strategies.

ST 601 – SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY EXTERNSHIP
This course is conducted in an appropriate hospital/surgical facility and provides students a clinical experience with a variety of perioperative assignments. Emphasis is placed on the scrub and circulating roles of the surgical technologist including aseptic technique and basic care presentation for selected surgical procedures. Students will observe and take part in surgical procedures and learn to work as a member of the surgical team meeting all of the required case loads and 500 externship hours.

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