Associate of Applied Science Degree
Center for Health Sciences at Lowry
Are you interested in becoming a valued, integral member of the surgical team? If your answer is “yes,” pursuing a degree as a surgical technologist is the career field for you. As a surgical technologist, you work with the operating room team before, during and after surgery to deliver quality patient care. Surgical technologists prepare the instruments and set up the trays that will be utilized by the surgical team. During the procedure, technologists pass instruments to the surgeon and generally assist where needed.
This 18-month associate degree delivers the knowledge and skills necessary for you to enter the field of surgical technology as well as to take the National Certification Examination for Surgical Technology. The program is aligning its standards and curriculum to meet those set forth by Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) standards.
PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the prerequisites listed below, you must have the following:
- Current CPR certification, which must be completed within a time frame that allows it to remain valid for the full 18-months of the program.
- Background check, to include fingerprint check and drug screening, with no disqualifying offenses.
- As part of the application process, you will be asked to write a 500-word essay on the following topic: What do you know about the profession of surgical technology and what interests you about it?
To learn more and apply, visit CCD.edu/SurgicalTech.
|BIO 201||Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab I: GT-SC1||4|
|HPR 178||Medical Terminology||2|
|BIO 202||Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab: GT-SC1||4|
|MAT 103||Math for Clinical Calculations||3|
|ENG 121||English Composition I: GT-CO1||3|
|STE 100||Fundamentals of Surgical Technology||6|
|STE 101||Surgical Technology Skills Lab||4|
|STE 110||Surgical Procedures I||3|
|BIO 204||Microbiology with Lab: GT-SC1||4|
|PSY 235||Human Growth and Development: GT-SS3||3|
|STE 105||Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist||2|
|STE 115||Surgical Procedures II||3|
|STE 103||Introduction to Surgical Technology Lab||4|
|STE 120||Surgical Procedures III||3|
|STE 181||Surgical Internship I||4|
|STE 182||Internship II||4|
|STE 183||Internship III||6|
|STE 179||Surgical Technology Seminar||2|
Total credit hours completed for the degree: 64 credit hours
Taking this course during the sequence is a suggestion and not a requirement. The course must be taken for the A.A.S. degree, but not necessarily during this semester. If you are interested in applying to nursing school, you should take Math 135 (3 credits) instead of Math 103.
Given that 40 percent of surgical technologists identify that nursing is their ultimate goal, the remaining credit hours are added to mirror CCD’s pre-nursing plan of study. These courses are not prerequisites and can be taken at any time.
Completion of all of the surgical technology coursework and the classes below will not result in an Associate of Science degree, but rather an Associate of Applied Science degree:
- HWE 100 - 3 credits
- MAT 135 - 3 credits
- CHE 101 - 5 credits
- MAT 121 - 4 credits