Code: F_AAS_STE

Campus: Westminster Campus

Surgical Technology

The Surgical Technologist is an integral member of the surgical team including the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and nurse to deliver patient care before, during and after surgery. Before an operation, surgical technologist helps prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment. During the surgery, technologist pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and assistants.  

This four semester program develops the knowledge and skills for an entry level job as a Surgical Technologist. This is one of the fastest growing jobs in health care with a projected 15% job outlook in the next 10 years. The curriculum is in alignment with the standards set forth by the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) core curriculum guidelines. Courses include: health sciences (anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, anesthesia, medical terminology, microbiology), technological sciences (electricity, information technology and robotics), and patient care concepts (biopsychosocial needs of the patient, death and dying), and surgical technology equipment.  


The surgical technologist can work in a variety of settings including hospitals, surgery departments, obstetric departments, and ambulatory surgery centers. The program is applying for accreditation with CAAHEP. Upon program accreditation, graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technology administer by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) and upon passing, can practice under the title of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Requirements

General Education Requirements

English

Select one course (3 credits) from below:

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENG 121English Composition I

3

ENG 122English Composition II

3

ENG 131Technical Writing I

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 107Career Mathematics

3

or higher

Total Credit Hours:3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Course NumberTitleCredits
PSY 235Human Growth and Development

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Natural and Physical Sciences

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO 201Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

4

BIO 202Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

4

BIO 204Microbiology with Lab

4

Total Credit Hours:12

Required General Education Courses

Total Credit Hours:21

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
STE 100Fundamentals of Surgical Technology

6

STE 101Surgical Technology Skills Lab

4

STE 105Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist

2

STE 110Surgical Procedures I

3

STE 115Surgical Procedures II

3

STE 120Surgical Procedures III

3

STE 179Surgical Technical Seminar

2

STE 181Internship I

4

STE 182Internship II

4

STE 183Internship III

6

HPR 208Medical Record Terminology

2

Total Credit Hours:39

Total Credit Hours: 60

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