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Prehealth Surgical Technology (A10300ST)

Associate in General Education

The Associate in General Education (AGE) curriculum is designed for individuals wishing to broaden their education, with emphasis on personal interest, growth, and development. The AGE-Prehealth curriculum is specifically designed for students who are attempting to enter a competitive health science program. Courses offered in the curriculum provide a foundation for success and meet general education requirements in the health science programs. Completion of this program does not guarantee admission to any academic program.

Admission into the Health Science programs at RCC is a competitive admissions process. Student are not directly admitted into the programs. Students interested in Surgical Technology are placed in A10300ST to take required general education courses for competitive admission to the program. Academic advisors will assist you in creating an education plan and timeline for admission so that you may complete your general education courses and know the requirements for the competitive admissions process for your respective health science program.

Admissions Requirements

1. Students must be able to fulfill all Program Performance Standards as outlined in the health sciences admission policy.
2. Student are encouraged to attend a Surgical Technology Information session.
3. Complete minimum admission requirements by the end of April of the admission year.
4. Admission to all RCC Health Science programs is a competitive process. Applicants are evaluated based upon academic performance.
5. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in Surgical Technology general education courses by the published deadline date for submitting Candidate Review Forms to the Admissions Office. Applicants not meeting the cumulative GPA requirements will not be reviewed by the program area for admission.
6. Students must successfully complete the following courses with a “C” or higher before enrolling in the Surgical Technology class: ENG 111 and MED 120
7. Students must successfully complete the following courses with a “C” or higher for the Surgical Technology program: BIO 163, BIO 175, BUS 137, CIS 110, ENG 114, PSY 150, Humanities/Fine Arts elective, and Mathematics elective.
8. All transcripts must be on file in the Admissions Office in order for a student to be considered for admission.
9. Upon program acceptance students must submit to a background check, drug screening and medical review/screen to include physical examination and immunizations. All fees associated with background check, drug screen and medical review are the responsibility of the student.

Course Sequence

Course Class Lab Credit
Students admitted to the Surgical Technology must successfully complete the following courses with a “C” or higher prior to enrolling in the first Surgical Technology [SUR] class.
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 3
MED 120 Survey of Medical Terminology 2 0 2
Fall Semester
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology I 4 2 5
BUS 137 Principles of Business Management 3 0 3
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 3
MED 120 Survey of Medical Terminology 2 0 2
12 2 13
Spring Semester
BIO 175 General Microbiology 2 2 3
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 2 2 3
ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting 3 0 3
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 3
Humanities/Fine Art Elective 3 0 3
Mathematics Elective 3-4 0 3-4
16-17 4 18-19
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective – Choose one of the following: UGETC: ART 111, ART 114, ART 115, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 241, ENG 242, MUS 110, MUS 112, PHI 215, PHI 240 Gen Ed: HUM 115, REL 110
Mathematics Elective – Choose one of the following: MAT 143, MAT 152, MAT 171
Other Major Hours (34 – 35) – These hours must be approved by the assigned academic advisor prior to enrolling in courses other than those listed above. Note: Students completing the above sequence and who have not been accepted into the Surgical Technology program must see their assigned advisor to explore other degree options before enrolling in additional courses.

Employment Competencies

Mobility – The surgical technology student should possess physical skills to walk about the clinical site at a brisk pace, stand for extended periods, and lift pans of instruments and boxes of supplies. The surgical technology student should posses the ability to maneuver in small spaces.
Motor Skills – The surgical technology student should possess gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe and effective patient care.
Hearing – The surgical technology student should possess auditory skills sufficient to monitor and assess patient care and safety needs.
Visual – The surgical technology student should possess visual skills sufficient for observation and assessment of the patient, environment, and equipment necessary in providing patient care,
Tactile – The surgical technology student should possess tactile skills sufficient for physical assessment, manipulate surgical instruments or equipment, and detect movement.
Weight -Bearing – The surgical technology student should possess the ability to maneuver and move 40-50 lbs. on a weekly or daily basis.

Employment Outlook

Employment of electrical and electronics engineering technicians is projected to grow 2% from 2019 to 2029, slower than the average for all occupations, however demand for these technicians is expected to be sustained by the continuing integration of computer and electronics systems, especially automation systems.

General Education Outcomes

Rockingham Community College has three general education outcomes:

Communication: Students will communicate using the conventions appropriate for the intended academic or professional audiences.

Information Literacy: Students will locate, evaluate, and use appropriate information for academic and professional tasks.

Critical Thinking: Students will analyze information and ideas and develop reasoned solutions to academic or professional problems. 

OutcomesPass Rates by Year
Information Literacy87%65%61%65%73%59%
Critical Thinking51%52%41%51%57%62%


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