Surgical Technology Program
The Surgical Technology Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock is designed to prepare you for career opportunities in the field and includes a general education component that complements your comprehensive skill-based clinical training. The application, information session and prerequisites are the important first steps in your education process.
The application period for the 2018-2019 Surgical Technology class is now closed. Please check back for future application dates.
New for 2018-2019, all applicants must complete the following college level pre-requisites to be eligible for admission:
- Anatomy & Physiology I (taken within the last five years)
- Medical Terminology
The 2018-2019 admissions process will begin in February 2018. If you have pre-requisite or program related questions please e-mail CST.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Surgical Technology Program mission statement
The mission of the Surgical Technology program at DHMC is to provide didactic and clinical instruction that will allow you to perform as a competent, entry-level Surgical Technologists, and to fill the need for Surgical Technologists in local and regional communities.
Program goals and objectives
Upon completion of the program, you should be able to:
- Integrate the surgical technology knowledge base in cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains; demonstrate skills following established criteria, protocols and objectives in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains.
- Function safely, effectively and efficiently and exhibit ethical behavior in a surgical technologist role.
- Apply basic scientific principles related to anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology for safe transfer, positioning, prepping and draping of surgical patients.
- Describe actions and uses of anesthetic and pharmacological agents in the care of surgical patients.
- Apply knowledge of interpersonal skills and communications relative to procedures and protocols from a surgical technologist’s perspective when working with patients, patients’ significant others, colleagues and other members of a healthcare team, as well as other members of the community.
- Apply principles of asepsis in an operating room setting.
- Demonstrate appropriate use and care of basic and specialty instruments and supplies.
- Describe the essential working aspects of a successful Surgical Technologist.
- Recognize the importance of confidentiality when dealing with surgical patients.
- Develop a familiarity with commonly used surgical instruments and define instruments used for various procedures.
- Analyze and adapt to the ever-changing operating room environment.
- Analyze the departure from classroom theory to on-the-job training in the operating room.
- Perform practical proficiency in the surgical arena with an understanding of the basic procedures involved with surgical operations.
- Demonstrate the ability to perform in a healthcare environment meeting OSHA specifications;
- Articulate effective communication and decision-making skills for successful performance in the surgical environment.
- Respond with the knowledge of personal and medical ethics into the surgical arena.
- Apply, establish and maintain high standards of aseptic technique.
- Apply Surgical Technology functions within the healthcare arena by providing clinical and administrative skills in a surgical setting.
- Compose and coordinate a successful job search.