Surgical Technology

Degree Type
Short-Term Certificate
Location Sumiton Campus

The goal of Bevill State Community College’s Surgical Technology Program is to produce knowledgeable graduates who have developed the essential behaviors of the profession, are prepared to successfully complete the National Board for Surgical Technology Certification Exam, and can perform as skilled entry-level surgical technologists. The program will accomplish this through education in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (attitude) learning domains. The program provides the qualified and motivated applicant with learning experiences that are supportive and responsive to individual needs. These experiences are facilitated by qualified faculty and/or preceptors and are designed to help students learn to apply theory to practice.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a GED or high school diploma, complete all general application requirements for admission to the College and score at least a 4 in writing and 200 in math on the Accuplacer exam or have a 16 composite score on the ACT exam. Accuplacer test scores are waived for applicants with a grade of “C’ or higher for English 101 and Math 116 or higher. Students must be in good standing at the College possessing an overall GPA of 2.0. There is also a separate Surgical Technology online application that must be completed when applying to the surgical technology program. Eligible students may be required to interview with the program director and faculty as part of the admissions process. Students are scored during the interview using a scoring rubric. All applicants will be notified by mail of admission decisions.

  1. Clinical agencies/facilities require the College to provide evidence that student participants are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Students will be required, at their own expense, to have an initial drug screen at a time and place determined by the faculty prior to entering clinicals. In addition, random drug screens will be conducted throughout the curriculum. If a drug screen is positive, the student will be immediately dismissed from the SUR program.

  2. If there is reasonable cause to believe a student is in violation of the institutional conduct code, such as observable changes in behavior, performance, appearance, or speech, the student will be dismissed from the SUR program immediately.

  3. Certain clinical facilities utilized by the SUR program require criminal background checks declaring that the student has no criminal history. Upon conditional admission to the Surgical Technology program, a clear background check will be required before registration in the Surgical Technology program will be complete. The cost of the background check will be the responsibility of the student. Issues pertaining to a student’s positive background check will result in the student being denied admission to the SUR program.

  4. SUR faculty reserves the right to require, at any time, proof of a student’s physical, mental, and/or emotional health. The faculty may require students to receive, at the student’s expense, counseling and/or medical treatment in order to continue in the SUR program. If treatment is required, the student must provide documentation from the attending physician/primary healthcare provider of the student’s ability to perform skills effectively.

  5. A student who is hospitalized for any existing health problem must submit a statement from the physician/primary healthcare provider indicating ability to continue in clinicals and/or the program.

  6. A completed health form must be submitted and cleared prior to registration. In addition, students must comply with any additional health requirements of clinical agencies.

  7. All students must present verification of health insurance coverage prior to registration, as well as maintain this health insurance coverage throughout the program of study.

  8. A dismissal from the SUR program will result in a student being ineligible for readmission to the SUR program or any other Health Science program offered at Bevill State.

Clinical requirements per core curriculum:

The minimum number of clinical cases which must be completed is 120. Students are required to complete at least 30 cases in General Surgery. Twenty of these cases must be in the first scrub role. Students are required to complete at least 90 cases in various surgical specialties. At least 60 of these cases must be in the first scrub role and evenly distributed between a minimum of 5 surgical specialties. However, 15 is the maximum number of cases that can be counted in any one surgical specialty. The surgical technology program is required to verify through the surgical case log the student's progression in first and second scrubbing surgical procedures and the levels of difficulty as the student moves forward toward entry level graduate abilities. Diagnostic endoscopy cases and vaginal delivery cases are not mandatory. However, up to 10 diagnostic cases and 5 vaginal delivery cases can be counted towards the maximum number of second scrub role cases. Observation cases must be documented, but do not count towards the 120 cases.

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