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Surgical Technology Bridge

Associate in Applied Science
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The Surgical Technology Bridge program is designed to allow currently certified non-degree surgical technologists to earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Surgical Technology. Surgical technologists enrolled in the bridge program must have completed their surgical technology certificate or diploma at a Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited surgical technology program. All major courses along with all related and general education course requirements must be met for the Surgical Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Specific Requirements

  1. General college admission requirements.
    1. Complete application for admission.
    2. Successfully complete college placement test.
    3. Official transcript of any prior college credit on file with admissions office.
    4. Diploma or certificate in Surgical Technology from a CAAHEP-accredited program.
  2. Current Basic Cardiac Life Support for the health care provider.
  3. Final admission to the Surgical Technology program shall be contingent upon documentation of physical and emotional health that would provide evidence that is indicative of the applicant’s ability to provide safe care to the public.
  4. Satisfactory completion of required immunizations.
  5. Current certification in Surgical Technology (CST) through the NBSTSA (National Board on Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting) prior to taking SUR 210 course.
  6. Clinical agencies and/or credentialing bodies require criminal background checks and drug screens prior to admission to clinical sites.

Copies of 1d. as well as 2-6 must be on file with the Surgical Technology Department.       

The CST and Surgical Technology certificate or diploma will provide 33 hours of credit toward the A.A.S. degree. The program will accept transferred curriculum courses from regionally-accredited institutions in related and general education course work, as well as major area course work. Students must earn a minimum of 25% of all A.A.S. courses at A-B Tech.

Surgical Technology, related and general education courses can be completed at the student’s own pace. It is understood that most students are employed full time during their A.A.S. pursuit.  Surgical technology course placement is contingent upon seat availability. 

Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: SUR

First Semester (Fall)

Subject Course Number Title Credit Hours
ACA 115 Success and Study Skills 1
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 5
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3

Second Semester (Spring)

Subject Course Number Title Credit Hours
BIO 175 General Microbiology 3

Third Semester (Summer)

Subject Course Number Title Credit Hours
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 3

Fourth Semester (Fall)

Fifth Semester (Spring)

Subject Course Number Title Credit Hours
HUM 115 Critical Thinking 3
SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology 3
SUR 210 Adv SUR Clinical Practice 2
Semester Notes


  • COM 120 or COM 231 may be substituted for ENG 114
  • SUR 212 may be substituted for BUS 137
  • SOC 215 may be substituted for SOC 210
  • PHI 240 may be substituted for HUM 115


Program Total with SUR Diploma/Certificate courses: 

33 credits plus above 34 credits = 67

At least 25% of required total credit hours (17 hours) must be earned at A-B Tech.  

Total Credit Hours Required


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