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Surgical Technology (A45740)

Associate in Applied Science

The Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team.

Students will apply theoretical knowledge to the care of patients undergoing surgery and develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations.

Employment opportunities include labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physicians’ offices, and central supply processing units.

Students of Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited programs are required to take the national certification exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) within 30 days prior to or after graduation.

2019 and 2020 CST pass rates:

  • 2019 – 50%
  • 2020 – 58%


The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the
Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council in Education Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA)
Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
1361 Park Street,
Clearwater, FL 33756

Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite 210,
Littleton, CO 80120

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

Surgical Technology Program

Program Prerequisites: 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. Class Lab Clinical Credit
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 0 3
MED 120 Survey of Medical Terminology 2 0 0 2
Fall Semester
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 4 2 0 5
SUR 110 Introduction to Surgical Technology 3 0 0 3
SUR 111 Perioperative Patient Care 5 6 0 7
12 8 0 15
Spring Semester
BIO 175 General Microbiology 2 2 0 3
SUR 122 Surgical Procedures I 5 3 0 6
SUR 123 Surgical Clinical Practice I 0 0 21 7
7 5 21 16
Summer Semester
SUR 134 Surgical Procedures II 5 0 0 5
SUR 135 Surgical Clinical Practice II 0 0 12 4
5 0 12 9
Fall Semester
BUS 137 Principles of Management 3 0 0 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 0 3
Mathematics Elective 3-4 0 0 3-4
SUR 210 Advanced Surgical Clinical Practice 0 0 6 2
SUR 211 Advanced Theoretical Concepts 2 0 0 2
11-12 0 6 13-14
Spring Semester
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 2 2 0 3
ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting 3 0 0 3
SUR 137 Professional Success Prep 1 0 0 1
9 2 0 10
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
Math Elective – Choose one of the following: MAT 143, MAT 152, MAT 171

Employment Competencies

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Function as competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  2. Apply knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Medical Terminology within the surgical environment which includes the ability to differentiate between normal and the abnormal anatomy, physiology, laboratory findings, and other diagnostic data.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in the skills and procedures required of a surgical technologist in a professional/clinical setting utilizing the principles of aseptic technique with a strong surgical conscience and application of safe practices in the healthcare environment.
  4. Demonstrate accountability of practice with adherence to ethical and legal standards of the Surgical Technologist profession.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking skills; prioritizing, analyzing, anticipating, resolving problems and acting instinctively and decisively in the healthcare environment.
  6. Communicate effectively in the perioperative healthcare environment with all members of the healthcare team.

Employment Outlook

Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 7% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries. In addition, the aging of the large baby-boom generation is expected to increase the need for surgical technologists.

Program Costs

Surgical Technology Program Costs

Surgical Technology program students should be prepared to incur additional expenses beyond tuition and college fees.

Outlined below are estimated expenses and are subject to change:

CPR Certification $10
Medical exam $100
Immunizations (which includes but not limited to
Hep B, TB, Flu, childhood immunizations) $300
*Drug Screen & Background Check $114
Malpractice insurance $80
Uniform $75
AST Membership $45
Student Accident Insurance $10
Certification Exam (Certified Surgical Technologist) CST $190 (Association of Surgical Technologist Member Cost)
$290 (Association of Surgical Technologist Non-Member Cost)

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. 

Outcomes Pass Rates by Year
2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
Communication 45% 66% 36% 61%
Information Literacy 87% 64% 61% 51%
Critical Thinking 51% 52% 41% 65%


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