SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM FAQ

Surgical Technology Program FAQ

Q?

What are the Prerequisites for the Surgical Technologist Program?

A:

The prerequisite for the program is current CNA status and Healthcare Provider level CPR.

Q?

How long is the program?

A:

This is a 10 month program, beginning in August and ending in June. We admit one class per
year.

Q?

Is there required testing prior to application into the program?

A:

ACT or ASSET/Compass Writing and Reading, and ACCUPLACER.

Q?

Are there minimum scores that must be achieved?

A:

ACT scores - 17 English, 17 Reading. ASSET Writing - 41 or Compass Writing - 53. ASSET

Reading - 39 or Compass Reading - 75.  ACCUPLACER - 30.

Q?

Is there an application process?

A:

Yes, applications may be obtained from the Allied Health Advisor or from the Surgical
Technologist program office located at the Peel Allied Health Center at 1 E. 9th, Hutchinson, KS 67501. Applications must be complete prior to evaluation.  This
includes all forms, all references returned, CNA and CPR documentation on file.

Q?

Do I have to interview?

A:

Yes.  A formal interview is required.  This will be scheduled as soon as the application file is complete.

Q?

When are classes held?

A:

Check the Fall schedule for class times. http://www.hutchcc.edu/academics/course-search
 

Q?

Where is clinical done?

A:

We have 9 clinical sites at this time. Students have at least 2 rotations and students are required
to travel to distant sites. At this time we have sites in Hutchinson, McPherson, Salina,
Great Bend, Pratt and Kingman.

Q?

How many hours a week will I spend in clinical?

A:

Clinicals are 8 hour days. One week in December One full week at the beginning of the second rotation. During 2nd semester, clinicals are 3 days a week. Beginning the Monday after graduation, we have approximately 3 full
weeks of clinical, Monday through Friday.

Q?

What is the job placement rate for surgical technologists?

A:

We have 80-100% placement rate for those students seeking a job in the surgical technology
field.

Q?

What is the average income for surgical technologist?

A:

According to O*Net Online, the most recent average hourly income in the state of Kansas for Surgical Technologists is $18.46 with the national average being a bit higher.
 

For more information:

http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2055.00

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm

 

Q?

Is there a certification examination?

A:

Yes, the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting administers the
certification examination.

Q?

Is certification mandatory?

A:

No, it is voluntary. However, certification demonstrates that an individual is proficient
in the area of surgical technology.

Q?

Is the program accredited?

A:

Yes, the Surgical Technologist Program at Hutchinson Community College is accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Q?

How many hours do I need to plan for study once I am in the program?

A:

Typically we recommend that students plan two hours of study for every hour of
classroom/lab time. This will vary with each student but this is the average.