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A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, pathophysiology, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of surgery. The surgical technologist works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Currently, the role of the surgical technologist is expanding to include other areas of surgery such as labor and delivery units, cardiac catheterization labs, outpatient surgery facilities, and for physicians in private practice.

Essential Functions

These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the program at Baker College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this information to develop a better understanding of the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified. Safely access, prepare, and operate equipment and supplies in a variety of settings.

  • Assist with transport and transfer of equipment.
  • Utilize instruments, supplies, and equipment safely within the sterile processing suite.
  • Perform tasks such as, but not limited to, appropriately tracking surgical supplies.
  • Respond appropriately to activation/warning signals on equipment.
  • Communicate and respond appropriately to written and verbal commands.
  • Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills during interactions with patients, staff, faculty, and healthcare team members.
  • Demonstrate appropriate procedural judgment decisions under stressful and/or emergency conditions.
  • Prioritize, organize, and utilize time-management skills to provide sterilized materials efficiently meeting deadlines (i.e. surgical schedule).
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely
  • In order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals by referencing, utilizing and adhering to OSHA requirements such as SDS (Safety Data Sheets) and universal precautions.
  • Adhere to HIPAA, professional standards and code of ethics, Baker College conduct
  • guidelines, and clinical sites'  policies and procedures.

Customer Satisfaction Policy

Baker College is an institution focused on customer satisfaction. To that end, any concerns or complaints regarding the Surgical Technology Programs can be sent to the attention of the director of the program on the appropriate campus. The director will investigate the complaint, consult with all parties involved, and provide a response as soon as all information has been evaluated. The program director will inform the Dean of Health Sciences of the complaint, investigation, and what actions have been taken.

If resolution cannot be reached at the level of the program director, the problem will follow the chain of command beginning with the Dean of Health Sciences, followed by the Chief Academic Officer/Vice President of Academics of the campus, the President of the campus, and finally the President of the Baker College System.

Program Status: Limited Enrollment

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