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Surgical Technology Program


Janet Milligan

(208) 732-6706

Program Overview

Graduates of the Surgical Technology program at the College of Southern Idaho will find placement in the fast-paced operating room environment. This part of surgical services includes a nationally accredited AAS degree program that instructs the student in various aspects of surgery including aseptic technique, instrumentation, procedures, anatomy, and microbiology.  Upon completion, graduates will be eligible for national certification testing. This is a “portable” career and graduates are in demand nationwide.

To promote success on the certification/licensure examination(s), all Required Courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Admission Requirements

  • Applications are due June 1.
  • Twelve (12) seats are offered annually.
    • Applications submitted on or prior to June 1 each year will be given preference to those subbmited after the due date.
    • The program will accept applications through August, if needed, until the class is full.

All students must complete the application portfolio process. The following items are required to be submitted in the portfolio:

  • A portfolio cover page with each of the following:
    • Applicant's name
    • Applicant's address
    • Applicant's phone number
    • Applicant's e-mail address
  • Student admissions scoring sheet
  • Surgical Technology application
  • Current Resume
  • A notarized letter from your employer stating the hours you currently or will be working (students who are working the night shift - after 10pm - will not be admitted to the program). 
  • Unofficial high school transcripts, GED /HSE records (official transcripts must be on file with the Office of the Registrar)
  • Unofficial college transcripts (official transcripts must be on file with the Office of the Registrar)
  • Completed H&P and Immunizations:Take both documents to a health care provider. Students may need to provide a prior immunization record to their provider. The program does not need students' records, only the document filled out completely by the physician.
  • Current CPR card that does not expire within the next 2 years
  • C.N.A. certificate, EMT certificate, or Medical Assistant Certificate (if applicable-it is NOT mandatory)
  • Background check results
    • Background Check Policy - Review policy before moving on to the process step.
    • Background Check Process: -This is the only background check that will be accepted.
      • Students should give themselves plenty of time to get the results back prior to submitting their portfolio.
      • This information is required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Submit portfolios in a file folder (with applicant's name printed on the tab) to the secretary in the HSHS department and ask her to Date and TIME STAMP the submission.

Sample Career Opportunities

  • Surgical Technologists

*Talk to an advisor for additional career choices


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

1361 Park Street

Clearwater, FL 33756

Phone: 727-210-2350

Fax: 727-210-2354


What is Accreditation and Why is it Important?

Broadly speaking, accreditation is an effort to assess the quality of institutions, programs and services, measuring them against agreed-upon standards and thereby assuring that they meet those standards.

In the case of post-secondary education and training, there are two kinds of accreditation: institutional and programmatic (or specialized).

Institutional accreditation helps to assure potential students that a school is a sound institution and has met certain minimum standards in terms of administration, resources, faculty and facilities.

Programmatic (or specialized) accreditation examines specific schools or programs within an educational institution (e.g., the law school, the medical school, the nursing program). The standards by which these programs are measured have generally been developed by the professionals involved in each discipline and are intended to reflect what a person needs to know and be able to do to function successfully within that profession.

Accreditation in the health-related disciplines also serves a very important public interest. Along with certification and licensure, accreditation is a tool intended to help assure a well-prepared and qualified workforce providing health care services.


About accreditation. (n.d.). Retrieved October 30, 2010, from Commission of Accreditation of Allied health Programs:

What is CAAHEP?

CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field. In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits over 2000 educational programs in twenty-two (22) health science occupations. CAAHEP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAAHEP is a member of the Association of Specialized & Professional Accreditors (ASPA).

Student Work Policy

The Surgical Technology student must not be substituted for paid personnel to conduct the work of the clinical facility during their required clinical supervised practice hours.

The clinical phase of instruction will be educational, focusing on clinical competencies for each surgical area.

When a student demonstrates proficiency, the student may be permitted to function alone with appropriate supervision and direction (preceptor available, and in the room).  This policy will be monitored by the coordinator of the Surgical Technology Program when visiting or calling the clinical facility.

Students hired by a facility and who are working for that facility when they are NOT in clinical, will not be covered under the liability insurance purchased by the College of Southern Idaho.

Students may not have worked at any job within 8 hours of any clinical practice.

Mission Statement

The Surgical Technology program is an integral unit of the Health Sciences and Human Services Department of the College of Southern Idaho. The program educates the student to assist the surgical team to become a vital member of the multidisciplinary healthcare workforce.

Program Goals

  1. Demonstrate entry-level cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains necessary for entry into the field of surgical technology.
  2. Demonstrate compliance with the criteria set forth in the most current standards and guidelines for an accredited educational program in surgical technology. 
  3. Qualify for national certification testing for surgical technology.

Program Objectives/Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic sciences related to surgical technology. (Cognitive)
  2. Recognize and assist with emergency situations. (Cognitive, psychomotor)
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of blood borne diseases. (Cognitive)
  4. Demonstrate application and knowledge of competencies of aseptic technique. (Cognitive, psychomotor)
  5. Practice within ethical and legal standards in relation to patient, physician, hospital, and personnel. (Cognitive, psychomotor and affective)
  6. Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to surgical procedures. (Cognitive, psychomotor and affective)
  7. Prepare and function as a Surgical Technologist during pre-, intra-, and post-surgical procedures. (Cognitive, psychomotor and affective)
  8. Demonstrate application and knowledge related to workplace and patient safety. (Cognitive, psychomotor and affective)
  9. Establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships. (Affective)
  10. Demonstrate continuing educational growth. (Cognitive)
  11. Demonstrate employability skills. (Cognitive, psychomotor and affective)

Effectiveness Data

The Surgical Technology Program is proud to note that its graduates consistently have a higher percentage pass rate than the (posted) NBSTSA National average pass rate (for surgical technology programs): more information regarding national pass rates can be found at

NBSTSA pass rate