Surgical Technology, AAS

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room or environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

Upon completion of this program, students will have the attitude, knowledge, and skills necessary to enter the profession of surgical technology. The specific goals are as follows:

  • Consistently demonstrate the necessary training to assume responsibilities in the operating room, including aseptic technique, instrument setup, assisting the surgeon, anticipating the surgeon’s needs, and assisting with post-operative care.
  • Correlate the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology with the role of a surgical technologist.
  • Implement safe practice techniques in regards to perioperative routines, patient transportation, positioning, and emergency procedures.
  • Integrate principles of surgical asepsis as part of the perioperative experience.
  • Apply knowledge, skills, and demonstrate ability to perform as a surgical technologist in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.
  • Provide to the community professional, competent, and knowledgeable individuals who can provide surgeons and the surgical team quality assistance as surgical technologists utilizing ethical standards and integrity.
  • Display professionalism, be prepared to be a lifelong learner, and value the professional attributes of the surgical technologist.
  • Possess the necessary didactic and clinical skills needed to pass the certification exam and enter into the job arena as a competent, entry-level surgical technologist.
(Pre-surgical Technology Courses)

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (74%) or higher. Many students need additional prerequisite courses in math, biology, and English in order to meet placement standards for the the required prerequisite courses. Students should review their math, biology, and English placement scores before planning their full program schedules.

Pre-surgical Technology Total: 32

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.
RIndicates Related Instruction requirement.
1This course should be taken the semester immediately prior to beginning the Surgical Technology Program core curriculum.
2COMX 111 is an acceptable substitution.
3Any math class higher than M 094~ is an acceptable substitution.

(Surgical Technology Core Curriculum)

Surgical Technology Core Curriculum courses are to be taken in the order listed.
Students must be admitted to the Surgical Technology program prior to enrolling in the courses below.
A grade of “B-” (80%) or above must be achieved in all courses to advance and graduate from the program.

Spring Semester
First Semester Total: 13
Fall Semester
Second Semester Total: 12
Spring Semester
Third Semester Total: 13
Total Credits: 70

R Indicates Related Instruction requirement.
*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

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