Jun 05, 2023  
2020-21 College Catalog 
2020-21 College Catalog [ARCHIVED]

Program Goals and Outcomes

Program Goals and Learning Domains of the Surgical Technology Program

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.


The goal of the program is to provide students with a comprehensive background in the basic sciences, with mastery of aseptic technique, with perfection of surgical skills, and with a keenly developed surgical conscience as established in the AST Core Curriculum.


  1. Apply the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and pharmacology to the care of the perioperative patient as it relates to the role of the Surgical Technologist.
  2. Utilize knowledge and skills to attend to the physical, psychological and social needs of the patient.
  3. Qualify to sit for the NBSTSA Certification Exam.
  4. Apply medical terminology to communicate clearly and effectively with patients, families, physicians and co­workers.
  5. Utilize critical thinking to perform the duties of the surgical technologist.


The goal of the program is to ensure that students enter the workforce as qualified and technically skilled surgical technologists. To educate students with practices of safe patient care and of anticipating the needs of the surgical team in the perioperative setting. To instruct students to employ HIPAA, OSHA, Standard Precautions, and other infection control measures in the healthcare setting.


  1. Demonstrate perioperative technical skills and knowledge in a safe and effective manner.
  2. Exhibit safe practice methods involving preparation routines of the intraoperative environment, patient positioning and emergency procedures.
  3. Display and incorporate aseptic principles in the intraoperative setting.
  4. Actively participate in the scrub role in a variety of procedures in surgical specialty areas according to hospital policy.


The goal of the program is to prepare students to effectively interact with patients, families, and members of the healthcare team in a therapeutic and professional manner. To help students achieve respect for the diversity factors of others including but not limited to socio-cultural, socio-economic, spiritual, and lifestyle choices. To stimulate and develop within students a pattern of personal growth and improvement and a commitment to lifelong learning.


  1. Attain comprehensive ethical, legal, moral and cultural awareness as they relate to the surgical technologist’s ability to provide patient care and how this awareness fosters cooperation and success among members of the surgical team.
  2. Demonstrate the importance of and the ability to model the professional attributes of the Surgical Technologist including the maintenance of a strict ‘surgical conscience’.
  3. Practice dependability, honesty and integrity in clinical practice.
  4. Demonstrate accountability in their practice based on current knowledge.
  5. Demonstrate recognition of the need for continuing education to enhance their professional and personal growth to keep up with technological advances in medicine.

Student Learning Outcomes at the Program Level

 Successful graduates of the Program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate accountability and ethical decision­ making as a member of the surgical team (affective)
  • Demonstrate the ability to create and maintain the sterile field (psychomotor)
  • Communicate effectively and advocate for patient safety as a member of a multi­disciplinary surgical team (cognitive)
  • Provide safe, effective care of the surgical patient based on the principles of asepsis (affective / cognitive / psychomotor).

Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate by examination understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care on the operating room.  The CST is widely recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation.  The CST is required for employment within many local, state and national health care organizations.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate

Owens Community College Surgical Technology Program Effectiveness Data

Four-year average credentialing examination pass rate on the first attempt.
Annual Reporting Year Academic Year OAE Reported # of Students Graduated (CST Exam Eligible) #of Students Who Took CST Exam # of Students Who Passed CST Exam % of Students Who Passed CST Exam
2020 8/1/2018-7/31/2019 CST 7 7 6 85
2019 8/1/2017-7/31/2018 CST 6 6 5 83
2018 8/1/2016-7/31/2017 CST 10 10 8 80
2017 8/1/2015-7/31/2016 CST 9 9 7 78
4 year average 81%          

Job Placement Rate

Owens Community College Surgical Technology Program Effectiveness Data

Five-year average job placement within twelve months of graduation
Annual Reporting Year Academic Year # of Students Graduated ST Employed ST Employed & Continued Education Continued Education Total Grade Placement Total Grad Placement %
2020 8/1/2018-7/31/2019 7 7 0 0 7 100
2019 8/1/2017-7/31/2018 6 5 0 0 5 83
2018 8/1/2016-7/31/2017 10 10 0 0 10 100
2018 8/1/2015-7/31/2016 9 8 0 0 8 89
2017 8/1/2014-7/31-2015 11 9 1 0 10 91
5 year average 92%