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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. Students must complete the Validation Application and receive a “Semester and Year of Validation” to be eligible to enter the program. It is recommended that this application be submitted during the final semester of pre-requisite courses. Validation is a process that allows the Registrar’s Office to review and confirm that the student has completed pre-requisite courses and requirements of this program.  Approximately 15 students are accepted for ST courses each Fall semester.
  2. Validation requirements: 1) completion of prerequisite 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  with a “C” (2.0) minimum grade; 2) BIO 152W  and BIO 153W  or BIO 240  and BIO 241  must have been completed within the past ten years of completing the degree. If this time period is exceeded, an approved biology course must be taken to refresh this content. Please see the program coordinator to determine which course(s) must be taken; 3) READING LEVEL 4 competency; 4) MATH LEVEL 5 Competency; 5) Math courses are to have been taken within the last five years; 6) During final semester of prerequisite courses students must submit the validation application to the Registrar’s Office.
  3. Once validated, students must waitlist themselves each year during the Special Clinical Registration Period to be eligible to begin the program and to remain validated.  Failure to complete the waitlist process annually will result in removal from the validation list.  See the validation page on the portal for more information and dates.
  4. Following entry to the program via special clinical registration, students are required to complete health requirements including but not limited to 1) physical exam with completion of physical form, 2) American Heart Association BLS provider certification, 3) a successful ten (10) panel drug screen by the approved agency, 4) an annual TB skin test, 5) immunization records including MMR, Td/Tdap, Varicella, and Hepatitis B or signed waiver, 6) an annual flu shot.  These requirements will be discussed at the required orientation along with submission instructions via an electronic storage and clinical placement system.  All certifications and immunizations must be up-to-date and remain current throughout the program.
  5. In addition to tuition, fees, and textbook costs, students should plan for the following expenses following successful clinical entry: immunizations and CPR certification to meet health requirements, background check, drug screen, ACEMAPP registration, and appropriate lab and clinic attire.  Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from clinical sites and paying possible parking fees.  Students are responsible for paying the cost of any medical care that might be necessary if they are injured or become ill as a result of clinical practice activities.  The College does not provide insurance coverage for such situations.
  6. These courses must be taken in the sequence shown. Clinical hospital assignments may be outside of your community. Students must be prepared to commute.
  7. Students must achieve a minimum “C” (2.0) grade in each Surgical Technology course to be eligible to continue in the program.
  8. Students who have a first course failure or withdrawal within the second semester of their clinical program may complete a request for reentry.  Reentry guidelines are published in the ST Student Handbook.
  9. Also see “Dual Degrees.”

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