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Surgical Technology - AAS

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Program Code: AAS.20549

The Surgical Technologist's primary function is to provide a safe, therapeutically effective environment for the surgical patient by assisting the surgeon and performing related services in the operating room. Graduates of this program will be eligible to sit for the National Certifying Exam. The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting ( Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Hwy 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; 727-210-2350;

Fall First Year:

Total Semester Credits: 16

Winter First Year:

Total Semester Credits: 17

Total Semester Credits: 18

Winter First Year Clinical:

Total Semester Credits: 15

Total Credits: 66


  1. A grade of “C” (2.0) or higher is required for all courses for the degree.
  2. BIO 152W  and BIO 153W  (or BIO 240  and BIO 241  or other biology courses approved by program coordinator) are key courses and must be completed within 10 years of completing certificate or degree. Failure to complete within the stated timeframe will require you to repeat or complete an approved Biology course(s).
  3. Prior to attempting to register to begin the clinical sequence, you must complete the courses BIO 152W  and BIO 153W  or BIO 240  and BIO 241 , BIO 203W , ENG — Comp I, HSC 105 , HSC 140 , PSY 101W  or PSY 211W  or SOC 211W , and ST 100  and the “Validation Application”.
  4. As an applicant, you must be a high school graduate or submit a GED equivalency certificate.
  5. Validation requirements: (a) READING LEVEL 4 competency; (b) MATH LEVEL 5 Competency. Math courses are to have been taken within the last five years. (c) Successful completion of each of the prerequisite courses (listed in note 3).
  6. Application: See Validation Procedures  for the required process.
  7. PRIOR to beginning clinical, you MUST have CPR certification, which includes the Two-Person Rescuer Technique. CPR certification must be renewed per program and health care agency’s requirements.
  8. Upon acceptance, a negative TB skin test and current physical examination must confirm that you cannot transmit or are free from communicable diseases and are capable of performing the duties necessary for safe patient care. Hepatitis B immunization or signed waiver is needed prior to clinical rotations.
  9. You must achieve a minimum “C” (2.0) grade in each clinical course to be eligible to continue in this program. These courses must be taken in the sequence shown and enrollment in these courses is by permission only.
  10. When in the clinical phase of the program, you must have transportation available, as sites may not be in your community.
  11. There will be additional expenses for uniforms that will be explained during Orientation.
  12. You are responsible for paying the cost of any medical care that might be necessary if you are injured or become ill as a result of clinical practice activities. The College does not provide insurance coverage for such situations.
  13. Student reentry procedures are printed in the Student Handbook given to all clinical students.
  14. Also see “Dual Degrees.”

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