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Surgical Technology

  1. Program Overview
  2. Program Learning Outcomes
  3. Program Curriculum
  4. High School Course Recommendations

Program Overview

A Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) works closely with the surgeon, anesthesiologist, registered nurse and licensed practical nurse to deliver direct patient care before, during, and after surgery. Surgical technologists work principally in the operating room, performing functions and tasks that provide a safe environment for surgical care. They contribute to the efficiency of the operating team and support operating surgeons, nurses, and others involved in operative procedures. Surgical technologists also work in other patient service settings calling for special knowledge about asepsis or about methods of making or keeping an environment antiseptic.

The Surgical Technology program is a cooperative effort between SMCC and the Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland. The School of Surgical Technology at MMC prepares highly qualified and motivated students as members of a modern surgical team. So that careers can be expanded through vertical mobility, practitioner levels refined, and employment opportunities maximized, a One-Plus-One program, leading to an associate in applied science, is offered by the Department of Allied Health Science. Upon acceptance, the candidate is awarded 46 credits toward advanced standing which serve as the technical core. SMCC then requires a minimum of 19-20 credits to meet AAS degree requirements. The candidates access these courses by regular course offerings cored with other health science students at SMCC or special offerings available evenings, depending on student numbers and needs.

The MMC School of Surgical Technology is fully accredited by the American Medical Associations Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation. SMCC is fully accredited as a post-secondary educational institution by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Interested candidates should contact the School of Surgical Technology at 207-741-5589 or e-mail spaterson@smccme.edu. Applications to enter the first year of the Surgical Technology program are processed directly through Maine Medical Center’s School of Surgical Technology.

Applications to enter into the first year of the program are processed directly through Maine Medical Center’s Surgical Technology program.

TWO CLASSES ANNUALLY: March and September
ENROLLMENT: 18 Students
TUITION: $3,250.00 plus fees (to MMC)

NOTE: Non-MMC graduates from both accredited and non-accredited programs are eligible. Accredited Programs: Candidates apply to the admissions committee for equivalency review recommendation for acceptance.

Non-Accredited Programs: Candidates apply to the admissions committee for equivalency review, challenge examination and recommendation for acceptance.

All candidates must have successfully passed the National Certification Examination to become Certified Surgical Technologists.

Candidates Recommended Courses for acceptance by the admissions committee may pursue their A.A.S. degree either as a full-time or part-time student.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Provide safe care to the patient in a surgical setting.
  • Function as an integral part of a surgical team.
  • Perform good aseptic technique.
  • Practice as a surgical technologist in multiple clinical settings.
  • Work in related medical settings such as research, infection control and medical sales.
  • Sit for the national certification examination for surgical technologists.

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High School Course Recommendations

Highly Recommended
Algebra I
College Prep Biology
College Prep Chemistry

Algebra II
College Prep Physics

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