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Clinical Instructor - Surgical Technology

Harper College
Palatine, Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 24, 2024

Job Details

We are Harper College…the college in your community.

The College was established by referendum in 1965 and opened September 1967. It is named for Dr. William Rainey Harper, a pioneer in the junior college movement in the United States and the first president of the University of Chicago.

Harper College is now one of the nation’s premier community colleges and one of the largest, serving approximately 29,000 students annually in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College’s academic programs prepare students for rewarding careers and for transfer to four-year universities. Harper offers associate degree and certification programs, advanced career programs, workforce training, professional development, continuing education classes, accelerated degree options for adults and developmental education programs.


Educational Requirements : Must be a Certified Surgical Technologist

Experience Requirements : Faculty must be qualified by education and experience. The Clinical Instructor must have a minimum total of two years of experience, either in the operating room scrub role or as an instructor in surgical technology, or a combination of both, within the past five years. Must possess a credential in the field of surgical technology through a national certification program that is accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Will collaborate with the Clinical Manager, the Schedule Coordinator and/or the Educational Coordinator for the Operating Room. Will possess good interpersonal skills in relating to students, clinical personnel and physicians.


The clinical instructor will be a clinical resource person for the Surgical Technology students and will be responsible for their assignments, when applicable, and clinical evaluations.


With continuous advancement in patient carer, health care workers with training in the latest technology and best practices are in constant demand. The Harper College Health Careers Division prepares students for a career in a variety of health settings, from hospitals and clinics, to nursing homes and community based organizations.


Assigns appropriate cases to each student when applicable or communicate with the OR Educator/Charge Nurse to determine appropriate student placement.

Monitors each student's progress throughout the course of the clinical rotation, through weekly site visits or at the direction of the clinical site.

Makes himself/herself available for student's questions and learning needs.

Exhibits professional behavior and serves as a role model for students.

Promotes patient and student safety.

Creates a positive and supportive learning environment, including being an advocate for the student's status as a learner.

Makes systematic observations and objective judgments about student performance.

Observes each student individually once a week.

Gives each student timely feedback about his/her performance, providing suggestions for improvement.

Meets regularly with the Program/Clinical Coordinator to maintain productive two-way communication between the program and Operating Room personnel.

Discusses student evaluations with each student's preceptor(s).

At the end of each rotation, prepares (or supervises the preparation of) a Clinical Evaluation Form, documenting the progress of each student.

At the end of rotation, discusses the Clinical Evaluation Form with each student, attempting to provide guidance for future performance.

Provides feedback to the program about current department/hospital policies or changes in practice in the field and makes suggestions for program modifications or improvement.

Participates in continuing education seminars and in professional development opportunities in order to maintain current state-of-the-art knowledge and skills.

Attends two (2) meetings a year with the Program Coordinator and the other Clinical Instructors to discuss program goals, policies and educational methodologies.

Note: It is recognized that division of the duties of the Clinical Instructor may vary among clinical sites. Therefore, some of the duties listed for the Clinical Instructor may be delegated to the staff members who are acting as preceptors (e.g. monitoring and assessing student progress, conducting weekly evaluation conferences with each student, providing guidance and suggestions for student improvement, and completing the Clinical Evaluation Form) but the responsibility for assuring that these activities occur remains with the Clinical Instructor.


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