Completion of the two-year Surgical Technology program provides graduates with an AS degree in Surgical Technology. Students complete the Surgical Technology courses along with the general education courses required for the associate degree. Associate degrees are recommended by The Association of Surgical Technologists and related accreditation agencies to help graduates meet the changing needs in todays health care system. Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will be eligible to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certification Examination. Arrangements will be made for students to take the National Examination. A fee will be assessed to students to cover the cost of the exam.In addition, individuals currently possessing certification as a Certified Surgical Technologist may complete the AS degree in Surgical Technology by meeting the general education course requirements. Individuals must be graduates of a formal or accredited certificate program in Surgical technology. A formal program as defined by the National Assoc. of Surgical Technology is one from an institution such as community, technical and junior colleges, senior colleges and universities; hospitals and clinics; postsecondary, vocational/technical schools and institutions, and other institutions or consortia that meet comparable standards for education in surgical technology. These individuals are accepted on an individual basis and will work closely with advisors to meet the required course work. General education courses may be taken on campus or through the Distance Education Program. Those completing the VU Certificate Program will receive 40 hours of college credit. Transfers from other programs are given 33 hours of college credit. The total requirement is 62-63 hours.
High School Diploma or Equivalent
To be considered for direct admission into the program, applicants must have fulfilled the following criteria: 1. Met admission requirements from the University. 2. Graduated from an accredited high school or satisfactorily completed the GED.3. Qualified for placement into MATH 016.4. Completed READ 011 with a C or higher, or qualified for exemption.5. Qualified for placement into ENGL 101 or higher.6. Possess physical and mental health necessary for the performance of a Surgical Technologist as evidenced by a completed health form.ALSO, 1. Students must possess CPR certification for Professional Rescuer/AED from the American Red Cross, or Health Care Provider Level from the American Heart Association.2. Students must obtain a satisfactory criminal history background report and drug screening report from firms approved by the program chair. Reports are to be accessible to the University and clinical sites. Fees for these reports are at the expense of the applicants. 3. Students must provide verification of Hepatitis B inoculation or refusal thereof.4. Students are required to carry liability insurance that is obtainable through the Universitys Business Office.5. Students are encouraged to carry an active health-hospitalization insurance policy.6. Students must supply own transportation to clinical sites.