The mission of the Surgical Technology and Perioperative Education Department is to educate students in the knowledge and skills to perform safe and effective patient care in the perioperative environment. This education enables students to excel in the field of surgery and enter the job market with a competitive edge.

Lakeland offers two programs through this department, the Registered Nurse First Assistant Basic Course and an Associate of Science in Surgical Technology degree.

If you are new to the operating room or need help with knowledge or skill us. We can help with resources, information, and perhaps a good old fashioned pep talk. Nurses and CSTs who are interested in being published or co-authoring articles or chapters in textbooks are also encouraged to contact us.

What is Surgical Technology?

Surgical technologists are integral members of the surgical team, working closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel in delivering patient care before, during and after surgery. Surgical technologists have primary responsibility for maintaining the sterile field and ensuring that the surgical team adheres to sterile techniques. They prepare, setup and handle the instruments, supplies and equipment necessary for the surgical procedure. Technologists also monitor conditions in the operating room and constantly assess the needs of the surgical team.

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The RNFA Basic Course (NURS2752) is offered in June and October each year. See Schedule - You will need a Lakeland student IT (LID) in order to register for this course.

The diadactic RNFA offering is a 5-day intensive section followed by your 120-hr independent internship at your home facility. Lakeland does not arrange or sign affiliation agreements for your internship.

After you are officially registered you will receive a credentialing packet in your email with additional information. Hotel and travel information will be included.

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