Surgical Technology (A45740)

Associate in Applied Science Degree

The Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team.

Students will apply theoretical knowledge to the care of patients undergoing surgery and develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations.

The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP),  25400 US Hwy 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; Phone: 727-210-2350; Fax: 727-210-2354; caahep.org by the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110, Littleton, CO 80120;
Phone: 303-694-9262; Fax: 303-741-3655; arcstsa.org.

Graduates will take the National Certification Examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) within thirty (30) days of completion. Employment opportunities include labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physician offices, and central supply processing units.

This curriculum complies with the standard approved by the State Board of Community Colleges. Special admission procedures apply to this program. See page 12 for details.

Students may be required to take developmental courses in Math and/or English as a result of high school GPA or pre-enrollment placement tests.  Therefore, the student may need more than the minimum number of semester hours listed for graduation. Consult a program advisor for more information.  

Prerequisite Course (4-5 Credits)

course

class

lab

Clinic

work Exp.

credit

BIO 163 Basic Anat & Physiology
or
BIO 168 Anatomy/Physiology I

4
or
3

2
or
3

0

0

5
or
4

Fall Semester  (14 Credits)

course

class

lab

Clinic

work Exp.

credit

ACA 115 Success and Study Skills
or
ACA 122 College Transfer Success

0

2

0

0

1

ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry

3

0

0

0

3

SUR 110 Introduction to Surgical Tech

3

0

0

0

3

SUR 111 Periop Patient Care

5

6

0

0

7

Spring Semester (16-17 Credits)

course

class

lab

Clinic

work Exp.

credit

BIO 169 Anatomy/Physiology II
or
BIO 175 General Microbiology
or
BIO 275 Microbiology

3
or
2
or
3

3
or
2
or
3

0

0

4
or
3
or
4

SUR 122 Surgical Procedures I

5

3

0

0

6

SUR 123 SUR Clinical Practice I

0

0

21

0

7

 Summer Term (13 Credits)

course

class

lab

Clinic

work Exp.

credit

PSY 150 General Psychology

3

0

0

0

3

SUR 134 Surgical Procedures II

5

0

0

0

5

SUR 135 SUR Clinical Practice II

0

0

12

0

4

SUR 137 Prof Success Prep

1

0

0

0

1

Fall Semester  (12-16 Credits)

course

class

lab

Clinic

work Exp.

credit

CIS 110 Introduction to Computers

2

2

0

0

3

ENG 114 Prof Research and Reporting

3

0

0

0

3

SUR 212 SUR Clinical Supplement*

0

0

12

0

4*

**3 Credits must be selected from the list of Humanities Elective at the bottom of the page

**3 Credits must be selected from the list of Social/Behavioral Science Elective at the bottom of the page

Spring Semester (7 Credits)

course

class

lab

Clinic

work Exp.

credit

BUS 137 Principles of Management

3

0

0

0

3

SUR 210 Adv SUR Clinical Practice

0

0

6

0

2

SUR 211 Adv Theoretical Concepts

2

0

0

0

2

*SUR 212 (SUR Clinical Supplement) is required for students who have completed the Surgical Technology Diploma Program and wish to continue with advanced placement in the Surgical Technology Associate in Applied Science degree program. This course may be waived with documentation of having worked 500 hours or primarily scrubbed 125 surgical cases.

**Humanities Electives

The following listings for Humanities Electives apply to Associate in Applied Science degree-seeking students. These electives should be carefully selected with the faculty advisor to ensure proper credit. Some programs of study have specific courses that meet the humanities elective requirement. ASL, foreign language, and public speaking courses cannot count as the sole humanities course in an associate in applied science program.

  • ART 111 Art Appreciation

  • ART 114 Art History Survey I

  • ART 115 Art History Survey II

  • DRA 111 Theatre Appreciation

  • DRA 112 Literature of the Theatre

  • DRA 211 Theatre History I

  • ENG 231 American Literature I

  • ENG 232 American Literature II

  • ENG 241 British Literature I

  • ENG 242 British Literature II

  • ENG 262 World Literature II

  • HUM 123 Appalachian Culture

  • HUM 160 Introduction to film

  • MUS 110 Music Appreciation

  • PHI 210 History of Philosophy

  • PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics

  • REL 110 World Religions

  • REL 211 Intro to Old Testament

  • REL 212 Intro to New Testament

  • REL 221 Religion in America

**Social/Behavioral Science Electives

The following listing for Social/Behavioral Science Electives applies to Associate in Applied Science degree-seeking students. These electives should be carefully selected with the faculty advisor to ensure proper credit. Some programs of study have specific courses that meet the social/behavioral science elective requirement.

  • ANT 210 General Anthropology

  • ECO 251 Principles of Microeconomics

  • ECO 252 Principles of Macroeconomics

  • GEO 111 World Regional Geography

  • HIS 111 World Civilizations I

  • HIS 112 World Civilizations II

  • HIS 131 American History I

  • HIS 132 American History II

  • POL 120 American Government

  • POL 130 State and Local Government

  • PSY 150 General Psychology

  • PSY 237 Social Psychology

  • PSY 241 Developmental Psychology

  • PSY 281 Abnormal Psychology

  • SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology

  • SOC 213 Sociology of the Family

  • SOC 220 Social Problems

Total Semester Credit Hours in Program: 66-71