Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital Surgical Technology Program provides training and skills necessary to become a surgical technologist. Our goal is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. A surgical technologist is an integral member of the surgical team, responsible for preparation of sterile supplies, equipment and instruments, and assisting the surgeon in their use. The surgical technologist most frequently serves as instrument handler, setting up instruments, and then passing them to the surgeon. A surgical technologist may also assist the surgeon by performing tasks such as retracting incisions, cutting sutures, and utilizing suction to maintain a clear field of vision for the surgeon.
The Cherokee Nation W. W. Hastings Hospital Surgical Technology Program is accredited through Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Accreditation exists to establish, maintain and promote appropriate standards of quality for educational programs. These standards are used for the development, evaluation and self-analysis of the surgical technology program. Accreditation in the health-related disciplines also serves a very important public interest. Along with certification, accreditation is a tool intended to help assure a well-prepared and qualified workforce providing health care services. Students who graduate from an accredited program are eligible to take the certification examination.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, Fl. 33756
Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital Surgical Technology Program students who complete the 9.5 month program will be eligible to test for the CST exam.