Surgical Technology Bridge Program

The Accelerated Alternate Delivery (AAD) program was developed to assist non-certified, currently practicing surgical technologists obtain the educational background required to sit for the certification examination with the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Surgical technologists interested in this program must fit into one of the following categories:

  1. On-the-job trained surgical technologists.
  2. Formerly trained surgical technologists who completed their education from a non-CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) accredited program in Surgical Technology.

Employment opportunities include: labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physicians’ offices, and central supply processing units.

Students of CAAHEP accredited programs are required to take the national certification exam administered by the NBSTSA within a four-week period prior to or after graduation.

Surgical Technology Bridge Program Curriculum

Upon admission to the Accelerated Alternate Delivery Surgical Technology Program, qualifying students must also submit proof of participating in a minimum of 120 surgical procedures as required by the Accreditation Review Council in Education of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (see grid of required cases/scrubs below) and will receive block credit for SUR 123, SUR 135, and SUR 137. Students will then complete the following 34 credit hours of course work, for a total of 46 credit hours.

Summer Term Fall Semester Spring Semester

BIO 168 Anatomy & Physiology I

ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry

BIO 169 Anatomy & Physiology II

MED 120 Survey of Med Terminology

*SUR 110 Introduction to Surgical Technology (first eight weeks)

*SUR 111 Periop Patient Care (second eight weeks)

*SUR 122 Surgical Procedures I (first eight weeks)

*SUR 134 Surgical Procedures II (second eight weeks)

*Courses taught online.

Students must submit documentation of participation (scrub) on at least 120 surgical cases, as broken down below.
(Required by the Accreditation Review Council on Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.)
 

Surgical Specialty Number of Required Cases Minimum Number of Required First Scrubs Additional First or Second Scrub Role Cases That can be Applied Towards Minimum of 120
General Surgery 30 20 10
Surgical Specialties
Cardiothoracic
ENT
Eye
GU
Neuro
OB/GYN
Oral Max
Ortho
Peripheral Vascular
Plastics
Procurement/Transplant
90 60 30
Diagnostic Endoscopy
Bronchoscopy
Colonoscopy
Cystoscopy
EGD
ERCP
Esophagoscopy
Laryngoscopy
Pandendoscopy
Sinoscopy
Ureteroscopy
    10 diagnostic endoscopy cases may be applied toward the second scrub cases.

 

For additional information about the Surgical Technology Accelerated Alternate Delivery Program contact Tammy Nelson.