Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the surgical team. Their primary role is to work with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical technologists in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during and after surgery.
About the Program
The program has limited enrollment and admits one class each fall. The prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress prior to application for program admission. Prospective students should contact the Surgical Technology Program director for admission deadlines. Applicants must be in excellent physical health and be able to perform the rigorous physical tasks required of the profession. In addition, candidates must have a stable emotional temperament to be able to function safely and use good judgment under stressful conditions. Drug screening and criminal background checks may be required by clinical affiliates for those accepted into the program.
Once the student has been accepted, the intensive 11-month surgery core program combines classroom lectures and discussions, laboratory demonstrations with hands-on practice, and supervised clinical experiences in actual patient care settings to provide students with a variety of learning opportunities. Clinical rotations will include experiences outside of Laramie County, and students must be willing and able to travel to attend scheduled clinical assignments. Due to the distance, overnight stays may be necessary.
About the Program Director
Connie Czarnecki is from the Chicago area. Her health care career began 18 years ago as a certified surgical technologist. She continued her education and training to become a certified surgical first assistant. Most recently, Czarnecki was a successful business owner and founder of SABER, Surgical Assistant's Benefits and Education Resource, a non-profit organization. Czarnecki strongly believes in lifelong learning.
- Association of Surgical Technologists (professional association)
- National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (certification)
- Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
- American College of Surgeons
- Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
- Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety
Drug Screening and Criminal Background Checks
Clinical sites require a drug screening and/or a criminal background check prior to allowing students into the clinical setting. (Any associated fees will be the responsibility of the student.) Clinical sites may also require random drug testing and/or drug testing for reasonable cause. Testing positive on the drug screening or evidence of tampering with a specimen will disqualify a student from participation from clinical assignment.
In addition to drug screening, for the safety of patients and health care workers, child abuse clearance and criminal background checks are required by some agencies prior to a clinical assignment. Certain criminal activity, as evidenced by a criminal background check, may also disqualify a student from clinical participation.
Students are advised that the inability to gain clinical education experiences can result in the inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. These circumstances may prevent acceptance into and/or continuance in the program. For more information, please see the complete Health Sciences and Wellness Division Policy (pdf) for allied health students.
Program Graduation Competencies
Cognitive Learning Domain
- Graduates will apply fundamental theoretical knowledge in the practice of surgical technology.
- Graduates will acquire and evaluate emerging surgical knowledge.
Psychomotor Learning Domain
- Graduates will effectively and safely manipulate surgical equipment, instruments and supplies.
- Graduates will consistently maintain sterile technique.
Affective Learning Domain
- Graduates will demonstrate the ability to maintain a stable emotional state, even under stressful conditions, which enables the effective use of reason and good judgment in patient care situations.
- Graduates will demonstrate the formation of a strong sterile conscience.
- Graduates will demonstrate professional behaviors expected of surgical technologists.
Program Effectiveness Data
|Effectiveness Measure||Annual Rate
(Class of 2014)
|Five Year Rate
|Credentialing Examination Pass Rate (First attempt)||5/7 = 71 percent||22/27 = 81 percent|
Job Placement Rate
(Graduates actively seeking employment
within 12 months)
Program inactive in 2014-2015
|25/30 = 83 percent|
|Program Completion Rate||7/7 = 100 percent||31/39 = 79 percent|
Cost of Attendance
For general college expense, view LCCC’s tuition and fees. Students in the Surgical Technology Program have additional course fees of $1,000.,This is an estimate and may change at any time. Other miscellaneous costs, unique to the program, are approximately $500.
Examples of how those fees are used include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Certification study guide and testing
- Equipment and supplies for Skills Laboratory
- Background check and drug screen
- Other costs unique to the surgical technology program