Surgical Technology

  • Credits: 60
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: East Grand Forks

Program Facts

Northland Surgical Technology Qutcome Assessment Exam Pass Rate
2019 Graduating Class -- 91%
2018 Graduating Class -- 100%
2017 Graduating Class -- 79%
2016 Graduating Class -- 100%
2015 Graduating Class -- 100%

Qualities of a Surgical Technologist
• Ability to work well under stressful and emergency situations
• Able to act quickly and accurately
• Work well with other people
• Exhibit manual dexterity
• Physical stamina
• Good communication skills
• Empathy

Work Environment
Surgical Technologist work in a well lighted, clean, and cool environment. They work in close proximity to other team members. Technologist's must remain alert and stand for long periods of time. They may be exposed to communicable diseases, unpleasant sights and odors. Most surgical technologist work full time (40 hours per week), but part time employment is available at some institutions. Most work places require 24 hour coverage which may require being scheduled nights, weekends, and holidays.

Physical Requirements for Surgical Technology
• Able to stand, bend, stoop, and/or sit for long periods of time in one location with minimum/no breaks.
• Able to lift a minimum of 20 pounds.
• Able to refrain from nourishment or restroom breaks for periods up to 6 hours.
• Demonstrate sufficient visual ability enough to load a fine (10-0) suture onto needles and needle holders with/without corrective lenses and while wearing safety glasses.
• Demonstrate sufficient peripheral vision to anticipate and function while in the sterile surgical environment.
• Hear and understand muffled communication without visualization of the communicator's mouth/lips and within 20 feet.
• Hear activation/warning signals on equipment.
• Able to detect odors sufficient to maintain environmental safety and patient needs.
• Manipulate instruments, supplies and equipment with speed, dexterity, and good eye-hand coordination.
• Ambulate/move around without assistive devices.
• Able to assist with and/or lift, move, position, and manipulate the patient who is unconscious with or without assistive devices.
• Communicate and understand fluent English both verbally and in writing.
• To be free of reportable communicable diseases and chemical abuse.
• Able to demonstrate immunity (natural or artificial) to Rubella, Rubeola, Tuberculosis, and Hepatitis B, or be vaccinated against these diseases, or willing to sign a waiver or release of liability regarding these diseases.
• Possess short- and long-term memory sufficient to perform tasks such as, but not limited to, mentally tracking surgical supplies and performing anticipation skills intraoperatively.
• Able to make appropriate judgment decisions.
• Demonstrate the use of positive coping skills under stress.
• Demonstrate calm and effective responses, especially in emergency situations.
• Exhibit positive interpersonal skills during patient, staff, and faculty interactions.