The Surgical Technology program is offered by GateWay Community College in Phoenix, whose curriculum follows the recommendation of the Association of Surgical Technologists. The program prepares students for careers as members of the operating room surgical team under the direct supervision of experienced nurses and surgeons.

The instruction includes a combination of classroom studies, classroom lab practice and clinical experience in the perioperative arena, such as the operating room, pre- and post-anesthesia care, and labor and delivery, which prepares students to assist members of the surgical team, including surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and surgical technologists.

The first phase of training is spent completing general education and technical requirements. The latter phase includes the core surgical technology coursework and the clinical experience at an affiliated clinic or hospital. During the last phase of the program, you can participate in three months of clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.

Through Mayo Clinic's well-planned and supervised clinical rotation, you gain surgical technology experience in general surgery. The perioperative teams in general surgery provide care to patients requiring procedures of the neck, breast, stomach, small bowel, liver, pancreas and spleen. In the general surgery area, gallbladder surgery, appendectomies and many bowel resections are performed using laparoscopic technology. Other laparoscopic procedures include inguinal hernia repair, cholecystectomy, splenectomy, adrenalectomy and lymph node biopsy prior to liver resection.

Grading or evaluation

As you move through the surgical technology rotations, you are evaluated in each clinical area by your preceptor and faculty from GateWay Community College. Clinical performance is evaluated using a competency-based evaluation system and performance appraisals.

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses evaluative tools that include:

  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

April 19, 2016