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Surgical Technology

Support doctors and other medical professionals as an operating room technician. You’ll learn to prepare for and assist during surgeries as part of a healthcare team.

What is Surgical Technology?

Surgical Technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings such as medical offices, out-patient clinics and the operating room.

The Surgical Technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

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What are my career choices?

The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Degrees and Transfer

  • Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology
  • Diploma: Surgical Technologist

 

A Surgical Technologist possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic techniques and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

This program provides clinical experience built upon classroom instruction in the basic sciences, patient care, aseptic techniques and surgical procedures. Students enrolled in the Surgical Technology Program are required to achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each course.

Graduates of programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) are eligible to take the certifying examination offered by the National Board on Certification for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

ARC/STSA OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT EXAM (OAE) PASS-RATE FOR SKCTC SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY

As part of being an accredited program thru Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting All accredited programs must publish the ARC/STSA approved Outcomes Assessment Exam (OAE) pass-rate from the program's Annual Report.

Licensure Pass Rate​:
 
Year Pass Rate

# of students passed/

total # of students

Class of 2018 57% 4/7
Class of 2017 100% 8/8
Class of 2016 90.9% 10/11
Class of 2015 81.8% 9/11
Class of 2014 60% 6/10

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General Education

  • BIO 137 Human Anatomy & Physiology I - 4 credits
  • BIO 139 Human Anatomy & Physiology II - 4 credits
  • ENG 101 Writing I - 3 credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning Course: MAT 110 or Higher - 3 credits
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences - 3 credits
  • Heritage/Humanities - 3 credits
  • Subtotal: 20 credits

Technical Courses

  • Digital Literacy (0-3 credits)
  • CLA 131 Medical Terminology from Greek & Latin (3 credits), OR AHS 115 Medical Terminology (3 credits), OR MIT 103 Medical Office Terminology (3 credits)
  • SUR 100 Surgical Technology Fundamentals/Theory (12 credits), OR SUR 109 Introduction to Surgical Technology (3 credits) AND SUR 110 Surgical Technology Fundamentals (9 credits)
  • BIO 225 Medical Microbiology (4 credits), OR BIO 226 Principles of Microbiology (3 credits), OR BIO 118 Microbes and Society (3 credits)
  • SUR 102 Surgical Technology Fundamentals Lab (3 credits)
  • SUR 202 Surgical Technology Advanced Theory (11 credits)
  • A total of 10 credit hours must be completed from the following practicum courses:
    • SUR 125 Surgical Technology Skills Practicum I (2-3 credits)
    • SUR 201 Surgical Technology Skills Practicum II (6-7 credits)
    • SUR 275 Surgical Technology Advanced Clinical Practicum (2 credits)
  • Subtotal: 42-46 credits
  • Total Credits: 62-66

Elective(s)

  • SUR 270 Pathophysiology for Surgical Technology (2 credits), OR MAI 200 Pathophysiology for Medical Assistants (3 credits)
  • BAS 120 Personal Finance (3 credits)
  • MNA 100 Medicaid Nurse Aide (3 credits), OR NAA 100 Nursing Assistant Skills I (3 credits)

Note

  • CPR certificate must be obtained prior to enrolling in the first Surgical Technology skills practicum course and must remain current throughout the Surgical Technology Program.
  • Digital literacy must be demonstrated either by competency exam or by completing a digital literacy course.

General Education

  • ENG 101 Writing I (3 credits)
  • BIO 135 Basic Anatomy & Physiology with Lab (4 credits), OR BIO 137 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits) AND BIO 139 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
  • Subtotal: 7-11 credits

Technical Courses

  • Digital Literacy (0-3 credits)
  • CLA 131 Medical Terminology from Greek & Latin (3 credits), OR AHS 115 Medical Terminology (3 credits), OR MIT 103 Medical Office Terminology (3 credits)
  • SUR 100 Surgical Technology Fundamentals/Theory (12 credits), OR SUR 109 Introduction to Surgical Technology (3 credits) AND SUR 110 Surgical Technology Fundamentals (9 credits)
  • BIO 225 Medical Microbiology (4 credits), OR BIO 226 Principles of Microbiology (3 credits), OR BIO 118 Microbes and Society (3 credits)
  • SUR 102 Surgical Technology Fundamentals Lab (3 credits)
  • SUR 202 Surgical Technology Advanced Theory (11 credits)
  • A total of 10 credit hours must be completed from the following practicum courses:
    • SUR 125 Surgical Technology Skills Practicum I (2-3 credits)
    • SUR 201 Surgical Technology Skills Practicum II (6-7 credits)
    • SUR 275 Surgical Technology Advanced Clinical Practicum (2 credits)
  • Subtotal: 42-46
  • Total Credits: 49-57

Electives

  • SUR 270 Pathophysiology for the Surgical Technologist (2 credits), OR MAI 200 Pathophysiology for the Medical Assistant (3 credits)
  • BAS 120 Personal Finance (3 credits)
  • MNA 100 Medicaid Nurse Aide (3 credits), OR NAA 100 Nursing Assistant Skills I (3 credits)

Note

  • CPR certificate must be obtained prior to enrolling in the first Surgical Technology course and certification must be kept current throughout the Program.
  • Digital literacy must be demonstrated either by competency exam or by completing a digital literacy course.
  • Students successfully completing SUR 109 and SUR 110 are not required to take a microbiology course for the diploma option. 

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) - 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL  33775, (727) 210-2350

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) - 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110, Littleton, CO 80120, (303) 694-9262

National Board of Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) - 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 100, Littleton, CO 80120, (800) 707-0057

Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) - 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 200, Littleton CO, 80120,  (800) 637-7433

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Rebecca Lawson

Surgical Technology

Program Coordinator

606-248-2117

rlawson0001@kctcs.edu