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Surgical Technology Career Education in Iselin, NJ

Research surgical technology programs in Iselin, NJ, which currently has about ten schools within 35 miles of downtown that offer programs. Read an overview of the programs, admission info and program requirements for two schools and decide which is right for you.

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Iselin-Area Surgical Technology Schools

Students interested in surgical technology have a few options in the Iselin area, including two schools within 45 minutes of downtown. This article explores those schools and the surgical technology programs they offer. There is also a table of facts about these institutions, including enrollment, tuition and the graduation rate.

  • CUNY Kingsborough Community College is in the state of New York, about 19 miles from Iselin's downtown. It offers an associate degree in surgical technology.
  • Bergen Community College is in New Jersey, around 29 miles from Iselin. It offers a certificate program in surgical technology.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table offers information about these two schools that could be useful to aspiring surgical technology students who are making a decision regarding their education.

CUNY Kingsborough Community College Bergen Community College
School Type Two-year, public Two-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 15,034* 14,062*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $5,252 in-state; $8,132 out-of-state* $4,446 in-district; $8,046 in-state; $8,338 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 79%* 57%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2017) 70% full-time; 45% part-time* 66% full-time; 52% part-time*
Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2014) 28%; 18% transfer-out rate* 22%; 15% transfer-out rate*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator

CUNY Kingsborough Community College

Kingsborough Community College was established in 1963 and is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system. The surgical technology program is available through the nursing department, and it is nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology

The various components of this degree program take place in actual clinical settings, labs and classrooms. Students learn about surgical instrumentation and surgical procedures. They take courses in surgical technology where they learn about the operative environment, including surgical-medical terminology, sterilization methods, organization structure, various surgical team members and their functions, methods of communication and technological sciences as applied to surgical technology.

Students are also instructed in aseptic techniques, surgical gloving, gowning and scrubbing, draping principles, surgical sutures and needles, case preparation basics, skin preparation and perioperative routines. The program covers the physiology of wound healing, anesthesia and surgical pharmacology. Students are introduced to general surgery and specific surgical specialties, like urological and gynecological surgery, through courses in medical procedures. Students also participate in four practicum experiences.

Bergen Community College

Bergen Community College began offering classes in 1965. The CAAHEP-accredited surgical technology program is part of the School of Health Professions.

Certificate in Surgical Technology

To enter this one-year surgical technology certificate program, an applicant needs a high school diploma. Core courses include surgical and microbiological applications, physiology, anatomy, surgical technology principles and surgical terminology. Students also complete three externships. The first externship lasts six weeks, and students practice their entry-level skills. The second and third externships provide students with in-depth direct experience in surgical procedures.

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