Surgical Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Center for Health Sciences at Lowry
CCD.edu/SurgicalTech

Surgical Technology

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 tTechnology and what interests you about it? 

To learn more and apply, visit CCD.edu/SurgicalTech.

PREREQUISITES

BIO 201Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab I: GT-SC14
HPR 178Medical Terminology2
BIO 202Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab: GT-SC14
PSY 235Human Growth and Development: GT-SS33
BIO 204Microbiology with Lab: GT-SC14
ENG 121English Composition I: GT-CO13
Total Credits20

Course Map

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
STE 100 Fundamentals of Surgical Technology 6
STE 101 Surgical Technology Skills Lab 4
STE 110 Surgical Procedures I 3
 Subtotal13
Second Semester
MAT 103 Math for Clinical Calculations 1 3
STE 105 Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist 2
STE 115 Surgical Procedures II 3
STE 103 Introduction to Surgical Technology Lab  
 Subtotal8
Third Semester
STE 181 Surgical Internship I 4
STE 120 Surgical Procedures III 3
 Subtotal7
Fourth Semester
STE 182 Internship II 4
STE 183 Internship III 6
STE 179 Surgical Technology Seminar 2
 Subtotal12
 Total Credits40
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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.

NOTE:

To complete the Associate of Applied Science in surgical technology, the course requirements plus the prerequisites equal a total of 63 credits.

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