Program Director and Instructor of Surgical Technology
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 Campus and via distance delivery from Roane State Oak Ridge Campus 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.
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.
Students intending to apply to the Walters State Community College Surgical Technology program may begin working on the general education courses at any time. All prerequisite program courses must be completed prior to application. The program professional courses must be taken in sequence and are offered only at the Walters State Sevier County Campus except for the clinical courses.
Walters State Community College is supported by state funding and therefore must consider in-state residents before out-of-state residents for acceptance into the Surgical Technology program. Please contact the Office of Admissions for assistance in determining Tennessee residency.
The Surgical Technology program adheres to the core performace standards adopted by the Tennessee Board of Regents. Admission to and progression in the Surgical Technology program is not based on these standards but should be used to assist the student in determining whether accomodations or modifications are necessary. The standards are:
If a student believes that one of more of the standards cannot be met without accomodation or modification, the Surgical Technology program will determine whether or not accomodations or modification can be reasonably made. A student should contact the Director of Surgical Technology for assistance.
Walters State Tuition and Fees
All tuition and fees are subject to change by the Tennessee Board of Regents.
*A Specialized Allied Health Science Fee of $25 per credit hour will be applied to all Allied Health Science courses. See Tuition and Fees link above.
** Program courses taken in an online format are subject to a distance education fee.
Lecture classes for the Surgical Technology program are held at the Walters State Community College Sevierville Campus via distance delivery from the Roane State Oak Ridge Campus. Labs are conducted on the Walters State Community College Sevier County Campus.
Upon program completion, the graduate will be able to:
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.
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.