Program & Job Description

This highly specialized program prepares the student to assume the role of surgical technologist in an operating room setting. In this program, the student is prepared to function in the areas of scrub, circulating assistant, and second assistant during surgical and obstetrical procedures.

Keeping in mind the needs of the patient and his/her operative care, the scrub assistant has the following duties:

  • (1) preparing the operating room and equipment needed for surgery;
  • (2) assisting the surgeon by passing instruments and equipment during surgery; and
  • (3) caring for the operating room and equipment following surgery.

The numerous functions and responsibilities of the circulating assistant are of utmost importance and consist of

  • (1) being alert to all the needs of the patient;
  • (2)assisting with patient care;
  • (3) assisting the anesthesiologist;
  • (4) delivering supplies and equipment to the surgical team; and
  • (5) observing, reporting and recording selected data associated with surgery.

The duties of the second assistant consist of

  • (1) sponging,
  • (2) suctioning,
  • (3) retracting wound edges, and
  • (4) cutting sutures in the operative field,
  • (5) application of surgical dressings and
  • (6) connection of drainage devices.

Upon successful completion of the program, an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree will be granted by Nassau Community College. Graduates are also prepared to take the (NBSTSA) National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Certification Exam in Surgical Technology (CST). The Surgical Technology program is approved by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation from The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARCSTSA).

Many graduates elect to specialize in a particular area of surgery such as open heart, neuro, eye, orthopedics and many others. The prestige associated with this type of specialization is extremely rewarding. Graduates are also employed in emergency rooms, delivery rooms, central supply units, ambulatory surgery centers, organ retrieval units and surgical equipment sales. Many other graduates utilize the skills learned here to provide an income, while they further their health-related education at four-year institutions in Nursing, Physician's Assistant or other health related fields.