Surgical Technology

Associate Degree
10-512-1

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.

Program Outcomes

1. Apply healthcare and technological science principles to the perioperative environment.

2. Maintain principles of sterile technique in the surgical environment.

3. Provide a safe, efficient and supportive environment for the patient.

4. Prepare the patient, operating room and surgical team for the preoperative phase.

5. Perform intraoperative case management in the scrub role.

6. Perform postoperative case management.

7. Function as an ethical, legal and professional member of the healthcare team as determined by governing bodies.

Graduates Have Found Employment As

Career/Job Titles

Surgical Technologist

Central Supply Technician

Claims approver

Private Scrub Technologist

Scrub Surgical Technologist

Second Assisting Technologist

Laser/Endoscopic Technician

Tissue/Organ Procurement

Plan of Study Grid
Courses taken before semester 1Credits
806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology 4
501-101 Medical Terminology 3
 Credits7
Semester 1
512-125 Introduction to Surgical Technology 4
512-126 Surgical Technology Fundamentals 1 4
512-127 Exploring Surgical Issues 2
806-179 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology 4
 Credits14
Semester 2
512-128 Surgical Technology Fundamentals 2 4
512-129 Surgical Pharmacology 2
512-130 Surgical Skills Application 2
801-195 Written Communication 3
806-197 Microbiology 4
 Credits15
Semester 3
801-198 Speech 3
512-131 Surgical Interventions 1 4
512-132 Surgical Technology Clinical 1 3
512-133 Surgical Technology Clinical 2 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Credits16
Semester 4
809-196
Introduction to Sociology
or Introduction to Diversity Studies
3
512-135 Surgical Technology Clinical 3 3
512-136 Surgical Technology Clinical 4 3
512-142 Surgical Interventions 2 4
 Credits13
 Total Credits65

General Education Courses Within Program

801-195Written Communication3
801-198Speech3
806-177General Anatomy and Physiology4
806-179Advanced Anatomy and Physiology4
806-197Microbiology4
809-196Introduction to Sociology3
or 809-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies
809-198Introduction to Psychology3