Surgical Technology – Associate in Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Surgical Technology provides graduates the training to work in the operating room of hospitals and surgery centers alongside surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists while assisting the surgeon. Graduates may work as surgical technologists, sterile processors, or sterile processing managers. After gaining clinical experience, graduates may teach or become a certified first assistant. The surgical technology program is an online program. Leading to an associate in applied science degree. The surgical technology program is an outcome-based program. Students are eligible for early completion after completing the competencies of Clinical I , and a minimum of 360 clinical hours completed in Clinical I in addition to completing the course competencies. The curriculum consists of integrated educational and clinical course work with a maximum of 640 supervised clinical hours with an approved clinical education affiliate. The level of mastery and performance proficiency is assessed in the final clinical semester. Learners will be eligible for early completion during the final clinical semester. The program is designed to prepare the student for employment in the field of surgical technology. Surgical technology positions are located within hospitals, surgical centers, and private practices. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to apply for certification exams through the National board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). There are special admission requirements to the surgical technology program, and it is the student’s responsibility to understand the requirements and adhere to them. Entry into a program is competitive and based on a “point system.” Point values are based on grades earned in prerequisite coursework and the interview process. Applications are processed according to the following:

  • Applications must be received by the Allied Health Office by November 15
  • Surgical Technology Admission Committee conducts interviews for admission points
  • Students are notified by mail of application consultation results.

Accepted students begin spring semester. General education prerequisites and related requirement courses must be completed before admission to the program.

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