KCH Surgical Technology Program

Course Information:

Instructor: Ronda (Stormy) Armstrong CST, AAT

Office: Kona Community Hospital
79-1009 Haukapila St
Kealakekua, Hawaii 96750

Office Hours: By Appointment Only
Office Telephone: 808.332.4621
E-mail: rarmstrong@hhsc.org


Welcome to the Kona Community Hospital Surgical Technology Program information web page. This program will stretch your abilities and challenge you to reach your full potential as a surgical technologist. The faculty is ready and excited to assist you in your journey in achieving your goal of becoming a Surgical Technologist.

Mission and Purpose

The Kona Community Hospital Surgical Technology Program mission is to prepare students to become entry – level Surgical Technologists. Our smaller class size with a higher level of interaction will help promote this learning environment. The staff is committed to academic excellence. The program will provide students with the skills and knowledge to become an integral member of the surgical team. When graduating you will have a strong foundation in the essentials of a Surgical Technologist. The goal of the program is to provide student with the opportunity to develop the skill and knowledge necessary to gain employment and will be prepared in cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains. The student will meet or exceed the criteria set by the current guidelines of CAAHEP.

Kona Community Hospital opened its doors in 1914. It has served the community in all areas of medical practice. The hospital has 96 hospital beds.
Admitting new classes each year in August. We accept currently 3 students each year.
The Surgical Technology Program was started in August 2022 and is currently going through initial accredited process.

The Kona Community Hospital Surgical Technology Program has a site visit scheduled for pursuing initial accreditation by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caacahep.org). This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Description of the Profession

What do Surgical Technologist do? We are referred to many different name – operating room technician, surgical technologist, Scrubs, scrub technicians. You will prepare the operating room for surgery by gather supplies needed to perform the surgery, assist the surgeon by passing items and other sterile supplies. Anticipating the needs of the sterile team members. Thinking ahead to maximize efficiency and flow of the surgical case. Making sure the procedure is executed smoothly and efficiently as possible. Preparing and organize the operating room, clean and sterilize equipment. Surgical technologist work under the supervision of a register nurse and operating room manager.
The Kona Community Hospital Surgical Technology Program strivers to provide quality instruction for all students. The students are taught the necessary skills to become an entry level Surgical Technologist.
The Surgical Technologist is a team member in the operating room under the direct supervision of a qualified professional nurse and physicians. Surgical technologist are responsible for creating and maintaining a surgical sterile field and assisting the surgeon during a procedure. Understanding the procedure, anticipating the surgeon’s needs and maintaining a safe environment for the patient.

Program Outcomes

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting


Graduates of the Kona Community Hospital are required to take the certification exam of:

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

The national pass rate average is approx. 70%

NBSTSA/ National Certification Exam Statistics Year Graduates Passing on first attempt Completion Rates
2023 TBD TBD

Contact Information

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization

One Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terrance, IL 60181
Phone: (630) 792-5000
Fax: (630) 792-5002

Web: http://jointcommission.org

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting

6 West Dry Creek Circle
Suite 210
Littleton, CO
(303) 694-9262

Email: info@arcstsa.org

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

9355113th Street North , # 7709
Seminole, Florida 33775
(727) 210-2350

Email: mail@caahep.org

The Surgical Technology Program is sponsored by Kona Community Hospital.

Kona Community Hospital Surgical Technologist Program graduates meet the guidelines of the:
Association of Surgical Technologists

Kona Community Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.