A: A Surgical Technologist is a member of the sterile team in the operating room. The Surgical Technologist is knowledgeable of aseptic technique to perform the surgical hand scrub, don sterile attire, and create a sterile field for all sterile supplies and instruments that will be used to assist the surgeon for the duration of the surgical procedure.
A: Delgado's Surgical Technology Program is a continuous 14-month Technical Certificate program which admits two classes (January and August) each year. Graduates are qualified to sit for the National Certification Examination administered by the NBSTSA (National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting). The courses for the program are held at Delgado Charity Nursing Building located at 450 South Claiborne Avenue.
A: The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The program was formally established in July 1990. Prior to that time, the school operated under the name of Charity Hospital School of Surgical Technicians.
A: There is not a waiting list for admissions. We are a selective admission program and applicants are evaluated in the pool of which they have applied. Any applicant who is not offered a position and would like to be reconsidered for the next admission class must re-apply.
A: The exact number of applicants is difficult to predict, but a maximum of 25 students may be selected for each class.
A: All prospective students must contact the Allied Health Division to initiate the application process. Applicants must complete the HESCI-2 test and submit scores with the application packet. THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS MARCH 31ST FOR THE AUGUST CLASS AND OCTOBER 30TH FOR THE JANUARY CLASS. **HESCI-2 test – Minimum score required – 70%.
A: Students are required to meet a dress code for the duration of program, which include the wearing of surgical scrub top and pants.
A: Official transcript(s) are required for each college or university attended other than Delgado. If the transcript is for a college outside of Louisiana, you must also submit course descriptions to aide in evaluation of course equivalencies. If college credits are older than 10 years you should contact the Allied Health Admissions Office for advising.
A: There is no specific background that ensures an individual will be successful in the Surgical Technology Program. Strong math, medical terminology and science backgrounds and excellent psychomotor/hand-eye coordination, conceptualization, organization, concentration, and interpersonal skills are a must to learn and work as a Surgical Technologist.
A: Applicants are encouraged to make informed decisions about this career and be able to communicate his/her knowledge of the field. In addition applications should maximize their academic performance (overall and pertinent GPA), select persons for references carefully and demonstrate motivation and maturity during the interview process.
A: Classes and/or clinical education for the Surgical Technology program are held on weekdays, Monday – Friday and in daytime hours as early as 6:30am and as late as 4:00pm.
A: Only one course may be repeated in the 14 month program. Failure to pass a repeated course on the second attempt will result in failure of the program.
A: The Surgical Technology program is affiliated with many clinical centers within the metropolitan area. Transportation to and from these facilities is necessary for students to obtain the required hands-on clinical experience to successfully complete the program.
A: The amount of time a student in the Surgical Technology program must spend in study, practice and attending clinical is significant. The faculty of the program cannot make accommodations for a student's work schedule. Most students find it difficult and impossible to maintain passing grades in their courses and maintain full-time employment at the same time. You should always see what works for you and inquire if you can possibly decrease your employment to part-time status.