Surgical Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science degree enables learners to develop skills to support a team of medical professionals who provide surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. The surgical technologist works 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.

The Surgical Technology program prepares learners with 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.

Students who are successful in this field possess a strong sense of responsibility and show considerable patience and concern for others.  They should have above average abilities to function as a team member and possess manual dexterity and fine motor coordination.  They should be willing to perform accurately and efficiently under pressure and regularly demonstrate psychological and physical stamina to endure the work environment successfully.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  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

The Surgical Technologist program offers the following career opportunities:

  • 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
501-101 Medical Terminology 3
806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology 4
Semester 1
512-125 Introduction to Surgical Technology 4
512-126 Surgical Technology Fundamentals 1 4
512-127 Exploring Surgical Issues 2
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
Semester 2
512-128 Surgical Technology Fundamentals 2 4
512-129 Surgical Pharmacology 2
512-130 Surgical Skills Application 2
801-136 English Composition 1 3
806-197 Microbiology 4
Semester 3
512-131 Surgical Interventions 1 4
512-132 Surgical Technology Clinical 1 3
512-133 Surgical Technology Clinical 2 3
801-198 Speech 3
Semester 4
512-135 Surgical Technology Clinical 3 3
512-136 Surgical Technology Clinical 4 3
512-142 Surgical Interventions 2 4
Introduction to Sociology
or Introduction to Diversity Studies
 Total Credits61

General Education Courses Within Program

801-136English Composition 13
806-177General Anatomy and Physiology4
809-196Introduction to Sociology3
or 809-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies
809-198Introduction to Psychology3

High School Diploma or GED. In order to be eligible to petition the program for entry, you must apply to and be admitted by the college, attend an Advising, Registration, and Orientation (ARO) session, meet all program-specific eligibility requirements, and attend a health sciences petition meeting specific to surgical technology.

A caregiver background check WILL be required for clinical portion of the program. Students must meet the immunization requirements set by the CDC and upload results through Viewpoint. A 10-panel drug screen will also be required.

CPR certification will be needed prior to attending clinical rotation (American Heart Association).