Surgical Technology Degree

Prepares students to work with a team of surgeons and registered nurses in the operating room.

Degree Info at a Glance

Type: AAT Degree

Estimated Cost: $11,756.16

Admission Dates: Summer and winter quarters

Prerequisites: Students must achieve COMPASS test scores indicating they are eligible to enroll in college-level math, sociology, and English, or have had appropriate college classes to meet the prerequisites.

Successful graduates of this program are educated in surgical technology under the guidelines of the Association of Surgical Technologists.

The structured curriculum includes basic sciences, patient care, surgical procedures and human anatomy, combined with clinical rotations in area health care facilities. Classroom instruction, lab and clinical internship prepare the student to assume the role of a perioperative team member in a variety of health care delivery settings.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning, and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Advising and Counseling Office.

No student will be allowed at a clinical site without proof of insurance.

Employability Requirement: Most employers prefer National Certification. Seven hours of AIDS education and training as required under WAC 246-939. A comprehensive background check will be conducted to screen for prior convictions prior to state licensing. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for employment.

Physical Requirement: Students cannot require use of assitive devices.

Program Length: This program is a combination of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience and is six quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates: Summer and winter quarters.

Prerequisites: Students must achieve COMPASS test scores indicating they are eligible to enroll in college-level math, sociology, and English, or have had appropriate college classes to meet the prerequisites.

Degree Students: Must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma per governing body (AST). In order to participate in the clinical aspect of the program, students must pass multiple background checks. Students must have current American Heart Association CPR for the Healthcare Provider and immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status.

This includes, but is not limited to, Hepatitis B series, Tetanus/ Diphtheria, Tuberculosis Test, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, and Varicella, as required by contracts with clinical facilities and CDC recommendations.

This occupation requires the ability to stand, sit, and walk for extended periods of time and to lift and hold 50 pounds. Students must be able to meet these physical requirements in order to complete lab requirements, be assigned to a clinical rotation, and get a job in this field.

Proof of immunizations and CPR should be completed by the first day of class of the 3rd quarter of the SURG courses. No student will be allowed at a clinical site without completion of immunizations.

A physical is required for each student prior to clinical rotation. Must be at least 18 years of age by the time clinical experience starts, usually in September and April.

Note: This program requires that all general education courses be completed prior to beginning the first quarter of SURG courses. General education courses are CAH 102, CAH 105, BIOL& 175 (BIOL 118 will be accepted through 2015) or higher A&P, SOC 101, ENG 101, and MAT 108 or higher math.

Students must maintain a B or better in all general education and Core Allied Health courses to start the SURG courses.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project.

Program Requirements

Catalog # Course Name Credits
BIOL& 175 Human Biology w/Lab
(BIOL 118 will be accepted through 2015)
5
CAH 102 Medical Terminology I 5
CAH 105CL Computer Applications 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition (or higher) or CMST& 220 5
MAT 108 Math for Health Occupations 5
SOC& 101DIV Introduction to Sociology 5
SURG 126 Patient Care Theory I 5
SURG 127 Pharmacology & Anesthesia 5
SURG 130 Patient Care Theory II 5
SURG 136 Operating Room Theory I 8
SURG 137 Introduction to Surgery 5
SURG 138 Introduction to Asepsis & Instrumentation 5
SURG 141 Operating Room Theory II 8
SURG 146 Surgical Lab I 5
SURG 151 Surgical Lab II 5
SURG 206 Operating Room Theory III 8
SURG 207 Microbiology 5
SURG 211 Surgical Lab III 5
SURG 215 Clinical Applications I 5
SURG 220 Clinical Applications II 5
SURG 225 Clinical Applications III 5
SURG 230 Clinical Applications IV 5
SURG 235 Seminar I 3
SURG 240CAP Seminar II 3
  Total Credits for Completion 125