Surgical Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology

Center for Health Sciences at Lowry

This two-year associate degree delivers the knowledge and skills necessary for graduates to enter the field of Surgical Technology as well as to take the National Certification Examination for Surgical Technology, once accreditation approval from the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) has been received. The program is aligning its standards and curriculum to meet those set forth by ARC/STSA standards. 

In addition to these prerequisites, students must have the following 

  • Current CPR certification 
    • Must be completed within a time frame that will allow one certification to be valid through the program
  • Background check
    • To include fingerprint check and drug screening, with no disqualifying offenses
  • As part of the application process, students will be asked to write a 500 word or less essay on the following topic: What do you know about the profession of Surgical Technology and what interests you about it? 


BIO 201Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab I: GT-SC14
HPR 178Medical Terminology2
Total Credits6


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
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 181 Surgical Internship I 4
Third Semester
ENG 121 English Composition I : GT-CO1 3
STE 120 Surgical Procedures III 3
Fourth Semester
BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab: GT-SC1 4
BIO 204 Microbiology with Lab: GT-SC1 4
STE 182 Internship II 4
Fifth Semester
PSY 235 Human Growth and Development: GT-SS3 3
STE 179 Surgical Technology Seminar 2
STE 183 Internship III 6
 Total Credits54

Taking this course during the sequence is a suggestion and not a requirement. The course must be taken for the AAS degree, but not necessarily during this semester. *If the student is interested in applying to Nursing School, they should take Math 135 ( 3 credits) instead of Math 103 

Note:  Given that 40% 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 throughout the certificate program or afterwards. 

Students can choose from the remaining courses (all of which are part of the Pre-Nursing Plan of Study).  If the student chooses Nursing as an alternative pathway, they will need to take all of these courses.  Completion of all of the above coursework and the classes below, will not result in an AS degree but an AAS degree:

  • HWE 100       3 credits
  • MAT 135        3 credits
  • CHE 101       5 credits
  • MAT 121        4 credits