Accelerated Alternate Delivery-Surgical Technology Program
Baptist Health System School of Health Professions
Baptist Health System School of Health Professions is currently offering a unique degree designed for working surgical technicians. The Surgical Technology certificate program is offered in an Accelerated Alternate Delivery format. This program is designed to give individuals the opportunity to earn their National Surgical Technologist certification. The program has been made to build off of student’s previous surgical experience. Students in this program are typically practicing surgical technologists, graduates from a non-accredited surgical technology program, or practicing health care professionals with surgical experience. This program is built around insuring that practicing surgical technologists have the skills needed to provide safe patient care before, during and after surgery. Completion of this program will make students eligible to take the National Certification Exam in Surgical Technology offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
This program is offered in an accelerated format and can be completed within 24-weeks of online courses. The curriculum consists of 45 total credit hours of classes. Students will complete classes relevant to providing a strong understanding of surgical care as it applies to multiple types of patients. The curriculum has been developed based on the Association of Surgical Technologists 6th edition of the Core Curriculum in Education for Surgical Technologists. Examples of classes include: Introduction to Surgical Technology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Surgical Procedures, Technological Sciences, Professional Readiness, and Fundamentals of Perioperative Technique. Students will be able to choose when they complete assignments, but are required to log on five times per week.
Degree Level: Certificate
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
This program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and Accreditation Review Committee on Surgical Technology (ARCST) and licensed by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).
To be considered for the program, AAD applicants must be 18 years and one of the following:
- Practicing Surgical Technologists who completed on-the-job training before March 1, 2000.
- Practicing Surgical Technologists who are graduated from a non-accredited Surgical Technology program Medical Doctor or Registered Nurse with verifiable recent surgical experience.
- AAD students do not complete clinicals; however, an accepted applicant must be able to provide a notarized letter on their third session that they have 2 years of current OR experience and have completed 125 surgical procedures.
- AAD applicants currently not working as Surgical Techs will be reviewed on a case-by-case base.
- AAD applicants must provide a letter/official email from their employer verifying current status of CPR, Health insurance, drug screening, background check and immunizations.
The Baptist Health System, in San Antonio, Texas, commits to health care through an extensive network incorporating hospitals, fitness and rehabilitation facilities, specialty centers, like the Baptist Regional Children’s Center and the Baptist Breast Center, and a School of Health Professions.
Students enrolling in the School of Health Professions can pursue bachelor’s degrees and associate’s degrees. Furthermore, students can complete a diploma in Vocational Nursing or choose to enroll in post professional certificates. Currently the School of Health Professions offers several programs, along with a number of courses, online for students requiring greater flexibility. Some programs are offered in blended formats, and others are offered all online. Students participate in asynchronous classes, but are required to fulfill “rigorous attendance criteria” and engage in discussion boards.
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