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Surgical Technology

The mission of the Surgical Technology program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to become successful, valuable, and effective surgical technologists in the communities that they serve.

Degree Description

The goal of the Surgical Technology Program is to prepare competent, entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33736, which allows graduates to take the national certifying examination sponsored by the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Qualities of a Surgical Technologist
  • Ability to work well under stressful and emergency situations
  • Able to act quickly and accurately
  • Work well with other people
  • Exhibit manual dexterity
  • Physical stamina
  • Good communication skills
  • Empathy
Surgical Technology Career Information

Graduates of accredited surgical technology programs complete a comprehensive education in which they receive in-depth knowledge related to the operating room. This includes completion of a surgical rotation during a clinical experience. Throughout the educational experience, the surgical technology student learns the principles of asepsis and application of sterile technique. It is the position of The Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) that surgical technologists are subject matter experts in these principles. Other healthcare providers are recommended to draw upon the expertise of the surgical technologist to share their knowledge and skills in order to prevent the patient from acquiring an infection.

During the clinical portion of the program, students will complete a minimum of 120 cases of various specialties in the first or second scrub role. At the completion of all clinical requirements, students will sit for the national Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam. Surgical technologists stand at the leading edge of advancements in surgical techniques and interventions using their professionalism, expertise, and abilities to make a difference.

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Application Process

Surgical Technology Application Process

To gain acceptance into the WDT Surgical Technology program, applicants must:

1. Complete Western Dakota Tech Admissions Application
2. Complete the ACCUPLACER test ($15 fee)
3. Schedule your Admissions Advising Session
4. Submit High School transcript or GED scores (also submit official college transcripts if you have previously attended a post-secondary institution)
5. Submit Immunization Records verifying two doses of MMR vaccinations
6. Once you receive your acceptance letter, schedule a time to register for classes

(The ACCUPLACER test will be waived if you have an ACT sub-score of 18 or better in English, Math, and Reading, or a SAT sub-score of at least 40 in Verbal and Math.  The scores must be within the last five years.)

The ACCUPLACER test is offered Monday - Friday at 8:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.

Please call 605-718-2565 to make an appointment.

7. Test of Essential Academic Skills V for Allied Health (TEAS V for AH), $55.00 fee. (Individual total score – 60 minimum)

  • You can take the TEAS-V a maximum of 3 times, with a 1 week waiting period between re-tests ($55.00 testing fee each time). Study guides are available in the Admissions Office. A $55.00 deposit is required. 

The TEAS-V evaluates four areas that are essential for academic success, they include:

Subtest

Time Allocated

# of Questions

Reading

58 minutes

48

Mathematics

51 minutes

34

Science

66 minutes

54

English and Language Usage

34 minutes

34

The ACCUPLACER and TEAS-V test are offered Monday – Friday at 8:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.

Please call 605-718-2565 to make an appointment.

To continue into Surgical Technology clinical, students must provide the following:

1. Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider BLS CPR certification*

2. Immunization records (Hepatitis B Series, TB Test, MMR, Polio, DPT, Varicella (Chicken Pox) annual Flu Shot)*

Depending on clinical site, students may have to provide the following:

1. Background check *

2. Complete a drug test*

3. Provide a copy of liability insurance*

*Students are responsible for additional costs.
The program director will assist students with any clinical or internship site requirements.

Note: If you are or have been convicted, pleaded guilty or no contest to, or received a suspended imposition of sentence for a felony or certain misdemeanors, you are advised that you may not be able to complete all course requirements for your chosen program, you may be prevented from taking required certification/licensure examinations in your chosen program field, and you may be prevented from gaining employment in your program field.

Students that sit out for a spring or fall semester or longer, will return under a new Catalog and may be required to repeat courses or successfully complete new or revised skills or competency assessments. Before readmittance, the program may need to determine if a student is eligible to continue in technical courses. Program sequencing and cohort size may prevent enrollment in technical courses.

Clinicals, practicums, and internships may include, but are not limited to differential shifts (evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays) to meet industry expectations. Clinicals may occur during summer semester depending on program enrollments. This may require travel outside the Rapid City Area.

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Career Description

Surgical technologists are vital members of the surgical team and are involved in all aspects of a patient’s care while in surgery. Surgical technologists are relied upon by surgeons, nurses, anesthesia providers, and numerous other health care professionals to be the technical specialists in a vast area of expertise.

Surgical technologists use a wide variety of knowledge and abilities in surgical sciences, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and patient care to provide vital support to the patient and the surgical team. The discipline of surgery is an ever-changing arena of health care, making considerable leaps in technology, techniques, and interventions almost daily. Surgical technologists stand at the leading edge of this revolution, using their professionalism, expertise, and abilities to make a difference.

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After Earning Your Degree

A surgical technologist is an allied health professional working as a part of the team delivering surgical care. They work as members of the surgical team made up of surgeon, surgeon's assistant, circulation nurse and anesthesia provider. They possess knowledge and skills in sterile and aseptic techniques.  With the health care industry expected to continue growing through 2020, the average salary for a surgical technologist is $41,000 per year.

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Financial Aid

Continuing your education is crucial and Western Dakota Tech wants to make sure that any student who wants to attend school, has the opportunity to do so. For this reason, WDT is dedicated to administering the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV Financial Assistance Program fair and consistently to anyone who needs it.

Build Dakota Scholarships

The Build Dakota Scholarship at Western Dakota Tech will pay all your tuition and fees and prepare you for a career that is in-demand and growing in South Dakota. Build Dakota Scholarships will be awarded to students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical careers with skilled professionals.


Student Housing

While Western Dakota Tech does not offer on-campus housing, we understand that finding a place to live within town while you go to school can be difficult. We have a few resources to help prospective students find affordable housing.

Child Care

Finding child care during school is a challenge for many students. Western Dakota Tech currently does not offer on-campus child care, but here are some resources that may help you in your search.

Youth & Family Services is an organization dedicated to helping children in Western South Dakota. They offer a variety of services, including child care at multiple locations.

The Y of Rapid City offers child care and other services.

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