Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

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Surgical Technologist

BOYCE
Associate of Science (530.2)

This program prepares graduates to work under supervision in the operating room. The surgical technologist practices principles of asepsis while assisting the surgeon with surgical procedures. Responsibilities include preparation of equipment and supplies before, during and after surgery.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Utilize technological skills in basic surgical procedures through the appropriate handling of surgical instruments, supplies and equipment.
  2. Apply safe practices for patients, self and other members of the surgical team.
  3. Identify the principles of aseptic technique and apply them in the surgical setting.
  4. Explain anatomy and physiology as they relate to surgical procedures.
  5. Apply knowledge of interpersonal skills through communication and professional and ethical behavior when interacting with others in the clinical setting.

Graduates have the skills for an entry-level position in an operating room assisting the surgeon. Graduates may take the National Surgical Technologist Certifying Examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Enrollment is limited by the availability of clinical sites and other factors. Students must make separate application to this program.

The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, Florida 33765
727.210.2350
www.caahep.org  

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirement

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 71

First Semester

Course #   Course Name            

  Credits 

BIO-123

Medical Biology & Terminology

3

BIO-151

General Biology 1

4

ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

PSY-101

Introduction to Psychology

3

SUR-110

Surgical & Central Service Technology 1          

5

  

Total Credits

18

Second Semester

BIO-175

Microbiology1

4

ENG-102

English Composition 21

3

MAT-106

Mathematics for Health Science1

4

SPH-101

Oral Communication1

3

SUR-120

Surgical Technology 2

6

  

Total Credits

20

Third Semester

BIO-161

Anatomy & Physiology 1

4

SUR-230

Surgical Technology 3

7

SUR-231

Surgical Technology Clinical 1

6

  

Total Credits

17

Fourth Semester

BIO-162

Anatomy & Physiology 2

4

SUR-240

Surgical Technology 4

6

SUR-241

Surgical Technology Clinical 2

6

  

Total Credits

16

1Indicates courses that may be taken in the summer to decrease course load during this semester.

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