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The Surgical Technology program is co-sponsored by Walters State and Roane State Community Colleges through the Smoky Mountain Health Sciences Consortium.

The program includes lecture classes held at the Walters State Sevier County and Roane State Oak Ridge Campuses, delivered both traditionally and via videostreaming, and supervised clinical coursework in an operating room. The program is affiliated with several area hospitals. Each student will be assigned to a variety of clinical sites during the two years of clinical coursework. Clinical experiences may include evening rotations.

Surgical Technologists are allied health professionals who work under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. A Surgical Technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

Program Goals

Consistently meet the needs of area employers seeking to hire qualified Surgical Technologists.

Provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as entry-level Surgical Technologists and become contributing members of the health care team.

Provide a relevant degree program for Surgical Technologists that includes college-level coursework in management and leadership applicable to a healthcare institution.

These goals will be accomplished by preparing competent graduates in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.

Salary and Job Outlook

The program will increase the number of surgical technician employees to meet the over 18% increase expected for the 2008-2018 period of time as noted on the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 Job Outlook Data. Surgical technology is considered a high skill-high wage allied health profession and data from the State of Tennessee notes a need for 2970 surgical technologists in the state by 2014. The median annual salary for Tennessee surgical technologists is projected in the range of $40,000.

Work Settings

Surgical Technologists are allied health professionals who work under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures at a hospital. A Surgical Technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.