Surgical Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Center for Health & Natural Sciences at Lowry

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. 


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? 

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BIO 201Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab I: GT-SC14
BIO 202Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab: GT-SC14
MAT 103Math for Clinical Calculations3
ENG 121English Composition I: GT-CO13
Chooe One Course2
Medical Terminology
Medical Terminology
Total Credits16

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
BIO 204 Microbiology with Lab: GT-SC1 4
Second Semester
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
Third Semester
STE 120 Surgical Procedures III 3
STE 181 Surgical Internship I 4
Fourth Semester
STE 182 Internship II 4
STE 183 Internship III 6
STE 179 Surgical Technology Seminar 2
 Total Credits48

Total credit hours completed for the degree: 64 credit hours 


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