• Surgical Technologist (530.2)
    Associate of Science


    Also see Surgical Technology (583.2).

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

    Enrollment is limited by the availability of clinical sites and other factors. Students must make separate applications 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, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727.210.2350, www.caahep.org


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    Degree Requirements

    First Semester Credits

    Course #Course NameCredits
    BIO-123Medical Biology and Terminology3
    BIO-151General Biology 14
    ENG-101English Composition 13
    PSY-101Introduction to Psychology3
    SUR-110Surgical & Central Service Technology 15
    Total Credits: 18

    Second Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    ENG-102English Composition 23
    MAT-106Mathematics for Health Sciences4
    SPH-101Oral Communication3
    SUR-120Surgical Technology 26
    Total Credits: 20
    BIO-175, ENG-102, MAT-106 and/or SPH-101 may be taken in the summer to decrease course load during this semester.

    Third Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    BIO-161Anatomy & Physiology 1 4
    SUR-230Surgical Technology 37
    SUR-231Surgical Technology Clinical 16
    Total Credits: 17

    Fourth Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    BIO-162Anatomy & Physiology 24
    SUR-240Surgical Technology 46
    SUR-241Surgical Technology Clinical 26
    Total Credits: 16
    Minimum Credits to Graduate: 71
  • Surgical Technology Program Outcomes

    Surgical Technology Program
    Community College of Allegheny County, Boyce Campus
    Outcomes Assessment Exam for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST Exam) Pass Rate
    ARC/STSA CST Pass Rate Threshold: 70%
    CCAC SUR Pass Rate for 8/1/2015-7/31/2016 64%
    CCAC SUR Pass Rate for 8/1/2014-7/31/2015: 83%