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17675 South Muskogee Ave Tahlequah, OK 74464

Surgical Technology Program

The Surgical Technology Program prepares competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive, skills and 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 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 strives to fill surgical technologist positions in our healthcare system with educated and well-trained Cherokee people. This will achieve and maintain an enriching cultural identity, economic self-reliance, and a strong healthcare system. This aligns with the Cherokee Nation strategic objectives of strengthening community and creating jobs. As the Cherokee People say, "Ga Du Gi", or "people working together."

The Cherokee Nation Surgical Technology Program is accredited through the 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. 

25400 US Highway 19N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Graduates of the Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital Surgical Technology Program will be eligible to take The Nation Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting CST Certification Exam.

  • For Verification of Graduate Certificate please call:
    (918) 453-5000, ext. 4186

  • For Verification of Graduate Certification please contact:
    The Nation Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
    (800) 707-0057

Surgical Technology Program Courses

Title Hours
Anatomy and physiology 129
Surgical Techniques I 145
Surgical Techniques II 108
Surgical Techniques III 142
Medical Terminology 48
Surgical Techniques Practicum I 260
Surgical Techniques Precticum II 560
Total 1392

Program Director/Instructor: 
Rochelle Lewis, CST
Office Phone: (918) 453-5000, ext. 4186
Cell: (918) 772-8002
rochelle lewis@cherokee.org

Clinical Coordinator/Instructor:
Patricia Sumner, CST
Cell: (918) 525-2043


  • Application Booklet
    Updated 2023 Surgical Technology Program Application Booklet
  • Program Handbook
    Updated 2023 Surgical Technology Program Handbook.
  • Program Outcomes
    Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting 2019 Annual Report.
  • Standard Operating Procedures
    The Standard Operating Procedures contains the Policies and Procedures, Program Content Outline, and the Instructor Guide.