Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology

Degree Awarded: 
Associate's Degree

To see the Surgical Technology section in the JCHS Catalog, click here.
To see an update to the Surgical Technology information in the Spring 2014 Addendum to the JCHS Catalog, click here.

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The Associate in Applied Science in Surgical Technology program prepares students to become an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. The Surgical Technology (ST) Program prepares competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The ST program builds upon a strong foundation of general education courses. The program provides a balanced approach of theoretical and practical application in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings. The clinical environment allows the student to apply theory and practice in state-of-the-art surgical settings. The program provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary for entry-level employment as surgical technologists, acceptance as a professional, and career advancement.

According to the Association of Surgical Technologists (www.ast.org), Surgical Technologists are allied health professionals, who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. Surgical technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasivesurgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

Program Goals Intro: 

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to meet the program outcomes listed below.

Program Goals: 
  • Correlate the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology to their role as a Surgical Technologist.
  • Demonstrate a safe and professional level of practice and knowledge in their role as a Surgical Technologist.
  • Acquire an understanding of the ethical, legal, moral, and medical values related to the patient and the surgical team during the perioperative experience.
  • Correlate the elements, action, and use of medications and anesthetic agents used during the perioperative experience.
  • Implement safe practice techniques in regard to perioperative routines, patient transportation, positioning, and emergency procedures.
  • Integrate principles of surgical asepsis as part of the perioperative experience.
  • Accurately apply knowledge and skills of a professional Surgical Technologist to address the biopsychosocial needs of the surgical patient.
  • Perform proficiently and competently as an entry-level Surgical Technologist in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.
  • Exhibit accountability for continued personal and professional growth and a desire for life-long learning.
Career Outlook: 

College credit earned while completing the program may be applicable/transferrable stepping stone credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Clinical experience gained during courses may lead to clinical job opportunities at a variety of healthcare facilities across the region, the state and the country. 

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Admission Requirements: 
  • Incoming undergraduate students must have completed a core of selected high school or college courses, and recent high school graduates (within the past three years; based upon date of entry) should provide SAT or ACT scores (SAT Code 5099, ACT Code 4367).
  • The following eight units of specific academic coursework are required for admission. A unit is defined as one year of high school study or one semester of college-level coursework. All core coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. 
  • Core Courses:
    • English             4 units
    • Mathematics    2 units including Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 (or geometry)
    • Biology             1 unit (may substitute college-level anatomy & physiology)
    • Chemistry         1 unit (may substitute college-level anatomy & physiology)
  • For acceptance into the Surgical Technology Program all college-level science courses must be completed with a “C” or better and a cumulative college grade point average of 2.0 or better is required.
  • Click here for the general information on admissions requirements.
Other Information: 
Course Format — 4 Semesters

Surgical Technology courses are small, may be offered during evening and daytime hours, including clinical experiences in several large area hospital surgery departments.

Surgical Technology classes and clinical experience may be scheduled into only 3 days per week.

Electives and prerequisite courses may be taken with students in other health care programs at Jefferson College or transferred credit for these classes may be accepted. Transferred college credit must be from a SACS accredited institution. After pre-requisite courses are completed, full-time students will take three to five courses per semester for a minimum of four semesters. Non ST courses may also be offered via distance education. 

Stepping Stones

College credit earned while completing the program may be applicable/transferrable stepping stone credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Clinical experience gained during courses may lead to clinical job opportunities at a variety of healthcare facilities across the region, the state and the country. 

Tuition Assistance
The Financial Aid Office at JCHS assists students in identifying all financial resources available to help you realize your educational and career goals. Financial aid is available through public and private funding for eligible students. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to discuss their financial needs with the Financial Aid Office by calling (540) 985-8267.
Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology Plan of Study

*Prerequisite Courses marked with an asterisk must be completed prior to the semester 1. With approval from advisor, other prerequisite courses may be taken later. Non SUR courses may be taken earlier than listed. SUR courses must be taken in the order presented.
 

PREFIX COURSE TITLE CREDITS
PREREQUISITE COURSES
GEN 100 Academic Seminar 1
BIO 211/211L Anatomy & Physiology I / Lab* 4
BUS 111 Introduction to Computers 1
ENG 111 Grammar & Composition I 3
HLT 215 Medical Terminology* 3
  Total 12
Semester 1: Spring
BIO 212/212L Anatomy & Physiology II / Lab 4
PHL 115 Foundation of Ethics 3
SUR 101 Introduction to Surgical Technology 3
SUR 102/102L Principles of Surgical Technology 3
SUR 109 Surgical Patient Care 3
  Total 16
Semester 2: Summer
BIO 253/ 253L Microbiology / Lab 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SUR 112C Introduction to Surgical Practicum 3
  Total 10
Semester 3: Fall
EEE General Elective 3
IPE 200 Fundamentals of Teamwork I 1
SUR 110 Surgical Pharmacology 3
SUR 200 Surgical Procedures I 4
SUR 213C Surgical Practicum I 3
  Total 14
Semester 4: Spring
SUR 224 Surgical Procedures II 4
SUR 225C Specialty Practicum 3
SUR 226C Advanced Surgical Practicum 3
SUR 227 Surgical Technology Seminar 3
  Total 13
  Total Credits 65
  Credits from Non-Major Courses 30
  Credits from Major Courses 35

  *All SUR courses must be completed at Jefferson College of Health Sciences