Associate of Applied Science, Surgical Technology

 Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply knowledge and skills of biological sciences in the perioperative setting. 
  2. Communicate effectively with surgical team members, patients and their families. 
  3. Apply the principles of aseptic technique in the perioperative setting. 
  4. Organize routine instrumentation and supplies within the perioperative environment. 
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacology and math calculation principles related to the surgical environment. 
  6. Collaborate with members of the surgical team to deliver quality patient care with consideration of the unique psychological and social needs of each patient. 
  7. Demonstrate skills and behaviors necessary to function as a member of a surgical team. 

Admissions Requirements

The admittance process is competitive due to a limited number of positions available for each class.  Completion of the admission requirements does not guarantee selection into the Surgical Technology full-major program.  Some fully qualified applicants may not be accepted.  For full application instructions please review the information on the Application Procedure webpage.

Prerequisite Requirements

Complete the program prerequisite courses with a  grade 'C' or better by the program application deadline.

  • Placement into MATH A105 or higher, or completion of MATH A055 or MATH A060 or a higher level mathematics course
  • BIOL A111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or BIOL A113 Lectures in Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3-4 credits)
  • BIOL A112 Human Anatomy and Physiology II or BIOL A114 Lectures in Anatomy and Physiology II (3-4 credits)
  • WRTG/ENGL A111 Writing Across Contexts (3 credits)
  • MA A101 Medical Terminology (3 credits)
  • MA A104 Essentials of Human Disease (3 credits)
  • BIOL A241 Lectures in Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences or BIOL A240 Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences (3-4 credits)

Major Requirements

Students are strongly encouraged to completed the following nine (9) credits of general degree requirements prior to application to the full-major program:

  • WRTG A212 Writing and the Professions or WRTG A211 Writing and the Humanities or WRTG A213 Writing and the Sciences or WRTG A214 Arguing Across Contexts (3) (or ENGL equivalent)
  • PSY A111 General Psychology or PSY A150 Lifespan Development or SOC A101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • COMM A111 Fundamentals of Oral Communication or COMM A235 Small Group Communication or COMM A237 Interpersonal Communication or COMM A241 Public Speaking

Upon selection into the full-major program, students will be required to complete three (3) semesters of surgical technology coursework as detailed below.


Fall Semester (12 credits) Spring Semester (12 credits)  Summer Semester (12 credits)
SURG A150 Introduction to
Surgical Technology (4)
SURG A160 Fundamentals
of Surgical Technology (8)
SURG A210 Surgical
Procedures I (6)
SURG A220 Surgical
Procedures II (6)
SURG A292 Surgical
Technology Seminar (1)
SURG A295 Surgical
Technology Practicum (11)

 A minimum of 63 credits is required for the degree.

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