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Accelerated Alternate Delivery

The Surgical Technology Accelerated Alternate Delivery program is a five-semester asynchronous comprehensive distance education curriculum delivered online. It has been designed for currently working surgical technologists who received their training on the job or who attended a non-accredited surgical technology program curriculum and are currently ineligible to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist exam.

The curriculum is based on the Association of Surgical Technologists 6th Edition Core Curriculum in Education for Surgical Technologists and contains a foundation of general education credits. The program will verify that students have the skills and abilities essential to the provision of basic care to patients during surgery and provide transfer experiential credit transfer for clinical and skill experience.

Upon graduation students will receive the Associate of Applied Science degree and be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Surgical Technologists and be eligible to continue into Surgical First Assistant training.

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Course Opportunities for Success

The program builds upon the clinical expertise of the practicing Surgical Technologist. The program will verify that graduates have the skills and abilities essential to the provision of safe patient care during surgery.

State of the Art Learning and Technology

Our faculty delivers and utilizes educational on-line learning principles to ensure a maximum virtual learning environment. The online platform allows for flexibility of your time.

Online Learning

All applicants applying for online programs such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography or Surgical Technology Accelerated Alternate Delivery must meet the admissions guidelines for these programs. Any applicant living outside of the state of Texas should be aware that recent changes to law enacted by the U.S. Department of Education may impact the application process. Although Baptist Health System School of Health Professions does not currently maintain a physical presence in any state outside of Texas we will be required to seek authorization from the state in which the applicant is residing. The school cannot anticipate the speed, or lack thereof, with which any state, may review requests for authorization. Applicants to online programs should check with Admissions to determine whether an authorization is already in place.

Career Information

Surgical technologists assist in surgical operations. They work under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, anesthesiologists, or other surgical personnel. Surgical technologists held 86,000 wage and salary jobs in May 2007. Median annual wages of surgical technologists were $37,540. The middle 50 percent of workers earned between $31,410 and $45,250. The highest earning 10 percent made more than $52,550, and the lowest earning 10 percent made less than $26,650.

Before an operation, surgical technologists gather equipment, check to make sure that everything is working properly, and prepare patients for surgery. During the operation, surgical technologists pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and surgical assistants. After an operation, surgical technologists take patients to the recovery room and help clean and restock the operating room. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Handbook 2008-09 Edition)

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate

The Credentialing Examination Pass Rate is the number of students that pass the National Board of Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) certification examination was 57 % in the last reporting period of 2014 -2015.


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