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The Covenant School of Surgical Technology was founded by Covenant Health to meet the demands for an increased number of surgical technologists in the South Plains. It is a hands-on program that includes both classroom and clinical instruction.Classes begin annually in July, and are taught by our own nurses and surgical technologists at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Accreditation

Covenant School of Surgical Technology is approved and regulated by:

Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges Section

101 E. 15th

Austin, TX 78778

512. 936. 3100

Institutional and Programmatic Accreditation:

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

7777 Leesburg Pike Suite 314N

Falls Church, VA 22043

703-917-9503

www.abhes.org

Programmatic Accreditation:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

1361 Park Street

Clearwater, FL 33756

727-210-2350

www.caahep.org

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in collaboration with the Accreditation Review Council on Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), which conducts periodic surveys of the program and makes accreditation recommendations based on its findings to CAAHEP. The program is evaluated for accreditation based on the published Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Education Programs in Surgical Technology, copies of which are kept on file in the School office and may be inspected at any time. Additional information about ARC/STSA may be obtained at:

Accreditation Review Council on Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA)

6 West Dry Creek Circle, Ste. 110

Littleton, CO 80120-8031

303-694-9262

www.arcstsa.org

Our Mission

Guided by a commitment to the values of Covenant Health, the mission of the School of Surgical Technology is to respond to the needs of the local community and surrounding region by providing the quality didactic and clinical education necessary for the student to practice not only as an integral member of the surgical team, but also as a highly skilled, well-educated, and competent Certified Surgical Technologist.

General Information

Covenant’s School of Surgical Technology offers a one-year program focused on teaching the fundamentals of the profession as well as the newest techniques through instruction in clinical and classroom settings.

Topics covered during the course of the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Surgical Procedures — Practice & application of the skills to be performed in the scrub role. Includes an introduction to the OR setting.
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology — Basic knowledge of normal human body structure & function.
  • Medical Terminology — Basic knowledge necessary to understand medical terms & use as they pertain to the human body.
  • Equipment —Surgical technologists (STs) are charged with making sure each piece of technology—from the video monitor to scalpel—is in working order and free of bacteria, viruses and other contaminants. This means students must learn how each piece works.
  • Instrumentation— Efficiently passing the delicate cutting and suture instruments to the surgeon during the operation saves time. Students learn techniques for precise, safe handling of instruments.

The program is divided into two terms. The first term is 23 weeks and consists of classroom and lab instruction on the principles and basic core skills of surgical technology. The second term is 21 weeks and consists of skills practicum at the clinical externship sites.

Courses and clinical rotations are scheduled during the day, Monday through Friday. Typical classroom hours are 8:00am – 3:50pm. Clinical experiences are held at various locations on and off the Covenant Medical Center campus, and are typically 6:30am – 3:00pm.
(There is a rotation to evenings and weekend call the latter half of the program.)

Discover how you can take part in our sacred mission of healing with a new career as a surgical technologist. Find out more about the Covenant School of Surgical Technology. Contact us or download an application today.