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 June, and are taught by our own nurses and surgical technologists at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.
Covenant School of Surgical Technology is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission.
The school is programmatically accredited by: The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in association with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
In addition, the school is institutionally and programmatically accredited by The Accrediting Bureau on Health Education Schools (ABHES).
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.
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 included, 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 2 terms. The first term is 21 weeks and consists of classroom and lab instruction on the principles and basic core skills of surgical technology. The second term is 26 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.)
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