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.
2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 CST pass rates:
- 2018 – 67%
- 2019 – 50%
- 2020 – 58%
- 2021 – 64%
Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone number: 303-694-9262
Surgical Technology Minimum Requirements
- Candidate has completed ENG 111 and MED 120 with a grade of “C” or higher (may be enrolled in 2021 summer semester).
- Candidate is eligible to take MAT 143 with or without a co-requisite.
- Candidate has a 2.5 GPA or higher from all surgical technology general education courses. GPA calculation includes any of the following completed courses: BIO 163, BIO 175, MED 120, PSY 150, ENG 111, ENG 114, BUS 137, CIS 110, mathematics elective, and humanities/fine arts elective.
- Candidate is in Satisfactory Academic Standing with Rockingham Community College (RCC cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher).
- Essay: One page, double-spaced typed statement responding to the following questions: What makes you a strong candidate for the RCC Surgical Technology program? What is the biggest challenge you will face in the program?
It is your responsibility to read this page and the information it contains in its entirety. You must meet all requirements to be considered for acceptance; however, completion of these tasks does not guarantee acceptance to the Fall 2021 entering class.
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|
|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|
|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|
|SUR 134||Surgical Procedures II||5||0||0||5|
|SUR 135||Surgical Clinical Practice II||0||0||12||4|
|BUS 137||Principles of Management||3||0||0||3|
|Humanities/Fine Arts Elective||3||0||0||3|
|SUR 210||Advanced Surgical Clinical Practice||0||0||6||2|
|SUR 211||Advanced Theoretical Concepts||2||0||0||2|
|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|
|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|
- Function as competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
- 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.
- 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.
- Demonstrate accountability of practice with adherence to ethical and legal standards of the Surgical Technologist profession.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills; prioritizing, analyzing, anticipating, resolving problems, and acting instinctively and decisively in the healthcare environment.
- Communicate effectively in the perioperative healthcare environment with all members of the healthcare team.
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:
|Immunizations (which includes but not limited to|
|Hep B, TB, Flu, childhood immunizations)||$300|
|*Drug Screen & Background Check||$114|
|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)|
"The instructor has been so supportive and helpful. She has helped me in so many ways with keeping my head held high when I didn't think that I was going to make it though this semester. She wants to see you make it and not to give up."-- Fall 2021 ST Student