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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the Surgical Technology program at RCC accredited?
Yes. Graduates of this program will be eligible to take the National Board on Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), based on accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP). The Robeson Community College Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs(www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee-Surgical Technology (ARC-ST). The CAAHEP address is 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756 (TEL: 727-210-2350).

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2. Are there advantages to becoming certified in Surgical Technology?
Yes. It shows that you have taken the time to increase your knowledge in your area of expertise. Your certification is also a personal commitment to higher standards that inspires credibility and confidence with patients and peers in your workplace.

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3. What kind of work schedule would I be expected to perform as a Surgical Technologist?
ST′s in this area of the state mainly work day shift (i.e. 0630 –3:30), and perform on-call duties. Most of the county hospitals in the area don′t have a second or third shift; therefore an on-call rotation is usually set in place.

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4. Would someone with a weak stomach for blood, guts and odors have a problem with becoming a ST?
That′s a question that would depend upon each individual. Most people who enter the profession don′t have a problem with it or overcome the situation fairly quickly.

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5. Would a student in the program be able to work a fulltime job while going to school?
I would not recommend it. There is a lot of reading that you will need to keep up with and the clinical sites are spread between 5 counties. It would be difficult to attempt to try to do both fulltime.

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6. I have been told that I will have to take a drug screening prior to being admitted into the program. Is this true?
It is partially true. After reviewing all of the candidate’s records, twelve students are selected for the program. A letter will be sent out to the selectees (as well as to those not selected), announcing their selection and informing them of the orientation date. Within that letter, there will be several items of importance. One of them will be about a drug screening. The letter will instruct the student to bring $40.00 cash to cover the drug screening. Another item of importance in the letter is that there will be a fitting for your scrubs. Castle Uniforms will require that you bring at least half of the money as a deposit. The approximate total cost for uniforms is $130.00.

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7. Are the ST students required to purchase equipment or other supplies, such as gloves, gowns, instruments, etc., to be used in the lab or clinical setting?
No. The only other item that you might have to purchase would be eye protection, if you don′t purchase them from Castle Uniforms.

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8. Does RCC have a job placement program for graduating ST students?
No. I feel that it is my duty to train you to the best of my ability, and assist you in making an impressionable statement, during your clinical experiences, in order for you to be hired by one of the clinical sites. I want you to know that the statement, “First impressions are lasting ones,” in the OR is quite true. The clinical sites are looking to hire you right after you′re finished with the program, so I encourage you to do your best while you are there. I promise to do my part in giving you the best training that I can possibly give. You’ll need to do your part as well. That would include attendance of all classes/labs/clinical experiences and doing well on your exams and in the clinical areas.

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9. When the ST students are at the clinical site, are they on their own?
No. The student is never left totally alone at the clinical site. During the Clinical experience, there will be a Clinical Coordinator there to assist you along the way. In addition to the CC, when you are “scrubbed in” on a case, there will be the ST that is assigned to the case in the room with you to assist in your training. During the last weeks of the summer semester, there may be times, if you have “proven yourself,” that you might be permitted to “solo” a case that you′ve been seen to have done several time with assistance, and done well.

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10. Is there a waiting list to get into the program?
No. Once you have submitted your application, taken the HOBET, and have met the minimum requirement, your application will be evaluated by the Admissions Department. The top twelve will then be selected.

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