Curriculum and Requirements
This is a limited-access program. Refer to the Admission to Specialized Limited Access Health Programs section of this College Catalog and Student Handbook for admission requirements.
The purpose of this program is to prepare students to work as surgical technologists in hospital operating rooms, outpatient surgical centers, labor and delivery units, physician's offices and medical sales positions. Upon successful completion of the program, students are qualified to take a national certifying examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).
Program Code: APP-ST
Session I - Year 1
- HSC 0003 - Introduction to Health Occupations 3 tech. cr.
- HSC 0530 - Medical Language 3 tech. cr.
- HIM 0450 - Fundamentals of Body Structures and Functions 2 tech. cr.
- STS 0003 - Introduction to Surgical Technology 1 tech. cr.
- STS 0005 - Principles of Surgical Asepsis 2 tech. cr.
- STS 0030 - Pathophysiology for the Surgical Technologist 1 tech. cr.
- STS 0140 - Fundamentals of Surgical Technology I 1 tech. cr.
- STS 0155 - Sterile Technique I 1 tech. cr.
- STS 0155L - Sterile Technique I Laboratory 2 tech. cr.
- STS 0401 - Patient Care for the Surgical Technologist 1 tech. cr.
- STS 0401L - Patient Care for the Surgical Technologist Laboratory 1 tech. cr.
- STS 0150 - Surgical Procedures I 1 tech. cr.
- STS 0156 - Sterile Technique II 1 tech. cr.
- STS 0156L - Sterile Technique II Laboratory 2 tech. cr.
- STS 0255 - Surgical Technology Clinical I 4 tech. cr.
Session I - Year 2
- STS 0141 - Fundamentals of Surgical Technology II 1 tech. cr.
- STS 0160 - Surgical Procedures II 1 tech. cr.
- STS 0256 - Surgical Technology Clinical II 6 tech. cr.
- STS 0257 - Surgical Technology Clinical Ill 10 tech. cr.
- STS 0930 - Surgical Technology Certification Review 1 tech. cr.
Total Technical Credits: 45
An approved four-hour AIDS seminar, PHSC course NCH 0001, is a requirement for this program.
CPR certification, PHSC course NCH 0050, American Heart Association "Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers", is a requirement for this program.
Special Program Requirements:
A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in each course in order to continue in the program. Courses may be repeated only on the recommendation of the faculty and the dean of health occupations and approval of the vice president of instruction/provost, West Campus, and if space is available. In order to receive a certificate, students must obtain satisfactory scores on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) (Form 9 or 10) with a minimum 11th grade level score in reading and language, and a score of 10 in mathematics. An associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university also will satisfy the TABE requirements.
A completed Physical Examination Report (SAR-40), satisfactory criminal background check and fingerprinting, and negative drug screen are required for this program.