Skyline College Healthcare Program Presents: All healthcare open house
(No need to RSVP, just join us if you are able!)
Thursday, February 28 at 5:00 p.m.
Skyline College Building 7, Room 7104
3300 College Drive
San Bruno, California 94066
A Surgical Technologist (ST) is a member of the surgical team who works with surgeons,
anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel in delivering patient
care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during and after surgery, including
passing instruments to the surgeon and assisting during surgery.
To succeed in surgical careers, individuals need manual dexterity in order to handle
instruments quickly and must employ critical thinking skills to anticipate the needs
of the patient and the surgical team. Being alert, orderly and emotionally stable
are also crucial to handling the demands of surgeons.
The Surgical Technology Program at Skyline College
Skyline College’s Surgical Technology combine academic and clinical instruction that
includes learning to prepare surgical instruments, passing them to the surgeon and
handling specialized equipment. Skyline College offers a 12-month program admitting
one cohort each summer and upon completion the student receives a Certificate of Completion
which qualifies the graduate to sit for the national certification exam administered
by the National Board for Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants. With an additional 30 units of General Education credits, a graduate of the program
may apply for an Associate of Science degree in Surgical Technology.
The Skyline College program is by special application only. Surgical Technology applications are accepted from January 15 to April 1.
Surgical technology offers a fun, interesting, and occasionally stressful work environment
where surgeons rely on well-trained personnel to ensure everything is ready for optimal
patient care. Working in surgical careers offers high levels of job security and mobility
and a unique opportunity to help others.
With additional education, surgical technologists may become surgical nurses or surgical
technology instructors. Some may assume management positions in hospital central supply
departments or in business firms such as sterile supply services and operating room
Surgical technologists in California make in a range of $32 to $40 per hour, the most
of any state in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Nationally, job growth is must faster than average – projected at 30% over the next decade.
Accreditation & Standards
The Skyline College Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) according to the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). ARC/STSA standards require the program be assessed by an Outcomes Assessment Exam,
for which Skyline uses the results of Certification Exam administered by the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. The Standard minimum pass rate is 75% of graduates. Per the Surgical Technology
Program 2018 Annual Report, 75% of Skyline College graduates passed the Certification
Exam, meeting the standard minimum pass rate.