Surgical Technology Application Deadline has been extended through
Friday, May 20, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
The application period for the Surgical Technology Cohort starting in Summer 2022 will open and begin accepting applications Nov. 1, 2021 through the deadline of May 20, 2022 at 5 p.m. For questions, please contact the program or your advisor.
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CWI's Surgical Technology program has a state-of-the-art facility located in the Ada County Center Quail Building. Demand is very high for this program and space is limited to 18 students per year.
Surgical Technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. Surgical Technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical Technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
Does the thought of helping to prepare a surgical team for the operating room interest you? Then consider preparing for an exciting new career by applying for our Surgical Technology program. Surgical technologists help prepare operating rooms for surgery by setting up surgical instruments, surgical equipment sterile drapes, as well as preparing and passing medications . During surgery, they provide direct patient care by working as members of the sterile team. Surgical Technologists are responsible for maintaining the sterile field during the surgical procedures, passing instruments and assisting the surgeon with the procedure.
College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education programs (CAAHEP).
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After completing the program, students are eligible to take the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technologists (CST). The CST credential is a requirement for employment in the hospitals of the Treasure Valley and Idaho.
The following is our 11-year trend on certification exams from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for applicants taking the exam the first time:
- 2021 - 100% pass rate
- 2020 - 100% pass rate
- 2019 - 100% pass rate
- 2018 - 94% pass rate
- 2017 - 100% pass rate
- 2016 - 100% pass rate
- 2015 - 100% pass rate
- 2014 - 94% pass rate
- 2013 - 94% pass rate
- 2012 - 100% pass rate
- 2011 - 100% pass rate
- 2010 - 100% pass rate
- 2009 - 100% pass rate
The program is designed to prepare competent, entry level surgical technologists in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains. The curriculum prepares students to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team. Students apply theoretical knowledge to the care of surgical patients and develop the skills necessary to prepare patients for surgery; prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; and assist surgeons during operations. Employment opportunities include large hospitals, labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physicians' offices, and central supply processing units.
Why This Program
A Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) assists in the operating room preparing instruments and supplies, passing them to the surgeon, anticipating and meeting the surgeon’s needs, and ensuring patient safety throughout the procedure. The stakes are always high in the operating room and the job can involve stressful, pressure-filled situations. The rewards of a job well done are worth the effort. The CST enables lives to be saved and witnesses momentous changes in patients’ health every day.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Sterilize, disinfect, and pass surgical instruments
- Understand surgical procedures and anticipate the needs of the surgeon
- Ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure
- Set up sterile table with instruments, supplies, equipment, and medications/solutions prior to operation
- Gown and glove surgeon and assistants
- Prepare sterile dressings and help drape a sterile field
- Vigilantly maintain a sterile field during surgery
- Count supplies prior to surgery and before incision is closed
- Assist other team members with terminal cleaning of room
- Help prepare surgical room for next patient
- Participate in a minimum of 120 Surgeries; including a minimum of 30 General Surgeries and a minimum of 90 Specialty Surgeries
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Surgical Technology - Associate of Applied Science Degree
*See the Course Delivery Styles page for details about class options
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Fall 2022||Spring 2023||Summer 2023|
|Priority Registration Begins1||April 11||November 14||n/a|
|Open Registration Begins||April 18||November 21||February 27|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||July 30||December 17||May 13|
|Admission Deadline2||August 13||January 7||May 27|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||August 19||January 13||June 2|
|Tuition and Fees Due||August 19||January 13||June 2|
|Classes Begin3||August 22||January 17||June 5|
|1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based upon their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.|
|2 The admission deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines for the fall and spring semesters.|
|3 Some classes begin before or after this date. Please refer to the Registration and Refund Deadlines by Class Section Dates (located beneath each semester) of the Academic Calendar for more information.|
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- A desire to serve others
- Ability to stand for extended periods of time
- Excellent hearing and sight
- Fluency in the English language - write, speak and understand
- Ability to function safely, effectively, and calmly in stressful situations
- Completion of pre-requisite Anatomy and Physiology, and Medical Terminology, as well as core math, Psychology, and Communications
- Computer Literacy Skills
- Competency in Microsoft Office Suite
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI offers advising assistance to help in deciding which courses you need to take to reach your education and career goals. Visit Advising or contact One Stop Student Services for more information.
Prospective students should be able to stand for long periods of time and have strong attention-to-detail skills. They must be able to lift heavy instrument trays, move quickly in emergency situations while maintaining a calm demeanor.
Instruction is provided in a classroom and lab setting, as well as clinical rotations at area hospitals and surgery centers. Due to the requirements of the clinical component of the program, and our clinical affiliations, enrollment is limited to 16 students each year.
Assemble the following materials in this order:
- 2 professional references using the Professional Reference form only. No letters of recommendation will be accepted. A professional reference includes employers and past employers, co-workers, supervisors in volunteer or non-volunteer positions, instructors or professors. Please do not include reference from family members, no points will be awarded for these. Clergy or physicians may be included only if they are past employers. The forms are to be filled out, signed, and placed in a sealed envelope by your reference person. The reference person should sign their name over the seal and return the sealed envelope to you. You will include the sealed envelopes in your application packet. No references will be accepted if mailed or faxed directly to CWI. Check the reference box on the application form when you have included the two references.
- If applicable: Include copies of CURRENT certifications/licensures (examples, C.N.A., C.M.A., E.M.T.).
- If applicable: Submit a completed Health Care Employment Verification Form for each place of health care employment or volunteer work. No other verification will be accepted. If you have other health care experience or volunteer work which you believe will qualify for health care experience, submit the form with detailed information of the type of health care experience. Check the box on the application if this is included or write “N/A.” If you have questions on what type of health care experience is accepted, please contact One Stop Student Services at 208.562.3000.
- If applicable: List any previous academic degrees you have been awarded, the date and school or college. Examples of an academic degree are: AA, AS, AAS, BA, BS, BAS, MS, and MA as well as Technical Certificates. This must be verifiable on your official transcripts. Check the box on the application if this applies or write “N/A”.
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWI 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWI 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education programs (CAAHEP). After completing the program, students are eligible to take the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technologists (CST). The CST credential is a requirement for employment in the hospitals of the Treasure Valley.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
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