Iselin-Area Surgical Technology Schools
Students interested in surgical technology have limited options in the Iselin area, with just 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 31 miles from Iselin's downtown. It offers an associate degree in surgical technology.
- Bergen Community College is in New Jersey, around 33 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 (2014)||17,758*||15,651*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$5,202 in-state; $8,082 out-of-state*||$4,278 in-district; $7,686 in-state; $8,046 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2013-2014)||83%*||58%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2014)||67% full-time; 47% part-time*||67% full-time; 50% part-time*|
|Graduation Rate (2014)||23%; 15% transfer-out rate*||19%; 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 urology and gynecology 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 surgery 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.