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Utah-based students interested in surgical technology may complete a certificate program by the same name, offered by at least three schools in the state. Such programs may be completed in less than two years and the curriculum includes classroom-based instruction, lab-based hands-on training, and fieldwork experiences. Clinical rotations or externships are required.
Davis Applied Technology College
Located in Kaysville, Davis Applied Technology College has a surgical technology certificate program that can be completed in 13 months. The applicant must pass an assessment test and have health care work experience or education. This program requires the completion of 1,685 hours of study, which consists of classroom lectures, lab courses and surgical practicum experiences. To complete the practicum requirements, students complete two 300-hour externships, which are held four days a week for eight hours a day. Graduates must take the NBSTSA certification exam within 30 days of completing this program.
Dixie State University
Dixie State University in St. George offers a surgical technology associate's degree program that can be completed in two years. In addition to typical admission requirements, the applicant must provide personal references and a personal letter. Additionally, they must complete prerequisite courses in writing and algebra, as well as medical terminology and anatomy and physiology. The curriculum includes courses and labs in surgical technology. Hands-on training is obtained through ten-hour clinical rotations held two times per week at local hospitals or surgical centers. Learning is enhanced through facilities, such as a mock central processing department and mock operating room.
Salt Lake Community College
The two-semester surgical technology program at Salt Lake Community College includes classroom assignments, lab courses and two clinical segments, one each semester. Clinical rotations are held Monday through Thursday for eight hours per day. Course topics include human growth and development, medical terminology, personal development and surgical procedures.
To become a surgical technologist, students must typically complete an accredited training program and earn voluntary certification as a surgical technologist from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) or a certifying agency approved by the state.
The state of Utah currently has three public schools that offer surgical technology programs that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Completion of any of these three programs will prepare graduates to take the certification exam.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Surgical Technology Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Davis Applied Technology College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Surgical Technology Certificate||$5,315 (full program cost)**|
|Dixie State University||Four-year, public; small city||Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology||$4,620 per year, in-state; $13,206 per year, out-of-state*|
|Salt Lake Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Surgical Technology Certificate||$3,569 per year, in-state; $11,337 per year, out-of-state*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **School website