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Surgical Technology Associate Degree

Work in an intense environment as a vital part of a lifesaving surgical team. Surgical technologists assist members of the health care team before, during and after surgical procedures.

About

In the surgical technology program, you’ll train in a wide variety of surgical specialties. These include:

  • General surgery
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Urology
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgeries
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Endoscopy
  • Peripheral vascular surgery

You’ll learn alongside certified surgical technologists, each with substantial operating room experience. Our small classroom sizes ensure you receive one-on-one guidance. Upon graduation, you’ll have performed at least 120 surgical procedures in real-life settings. Near the end of the program, you’ll be able to take the certification exam, giving you the ability to work as a certified surgical technologist.

The goal of this program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as entry-level surgical technologists and become contributing members of the health care team. This will be accomplished by:

  1. Preparing competent graduates in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains, and
  2. Meeting or exceeding the criteria set forth in the current CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology

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Accreditation

Our surgical technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. See more accreditation information.

Will I be successful?

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YEARGRADUATIONCERTIFICATION EXAMINATIONJOB PLACEMENT RATECONTINUING EDUCATION
Initial EnrollmentGraduatedRateNumber Who Took ExamExam Participation RateNumber PassedPass RateGraduatesJobs within 6 monthsRateGraduatesContinuing Formal Ed.Rate
2015-201615853.00%8100%8100%88100%8113%
2014-20158450.00%4100%4100%44100%4125%
2013-201412975.00%9100%9100%9778%9111%
2012-201312975.00%9100%9100%9889%900%
2011-2012151280.00%12100%1192%121083%12217%
2010-201110770.00%7100%7100%7686%7229%
2009-2010111091.00%10100%660%10660%1000%
2008-2009161169.00%19%1100%11545%11218%
2007-20086467.00%00%0n/a44100%400%
2006-200710880.00%113%00%88100%800%

Requirements

Applicants for the surgical technology associate degree program must meet general admission requirements.

Curriculum

First Year: Associate in Applied Science Degree

Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 175Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
CMP 150Digital Foundations Seminar3
ENG 100English Composition3
MAT 150Clinical Mathematics for the Health Sciences3
PSY 100General Psychology3
Total16
Spring SemesterCredits
BIO 176Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
HSC 100Medical Terminology1
SUR 100Perioperative Services2
SUR 101Perioperative Lab1
SUR 102Perioperative Pharmacology2
Sociology Elective3
Elective3
Total16
Summer Semester 1Credits
SUR 110Intraoperative Patient Care4
SUR 111Intraoperative Lab1
Total5
Total Combined Credits37

Second Year: Associate in Applied Science Degree

Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 185Microbiology3
HSC 101Methods of Patient Care1
SUR 200Surgical Procedures I3
SUR 201Surgical Services Clinical I2
Elective3
Total12
Spring SemesterCredits
PHI 210Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences1
SUR 210Surgical Procedures II3
SUR 211Surgical Services Clinical II4
SUR 212Professionalism1
Elective3
Total12
Summer Semester ICredits
SUR 221Surgical Services Clinical III3
Total3
Total Combined Credits64