Surgical Technology Bridge

Associate in Applied Science
Program Code: 

Surgical Technology Bridge Program

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 Program Requirements:

  1. General college admission requirements.
    • Complete application for admission.
    • Successfully complete college placement test.
    • Official transcript of any prior college credit on file with admissions office.
    • Diploma or certificate in Surgical Technology from a CAAHEP-accredited program.
  2. Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification is a prerequisite to admission and must be maintained throughout the program.
  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 diploma or certificate in Surgical Technology from a CAAHEP-accredited program as well as items 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 CST and Surgical Technology certificate or diploma will provide 33 hours of credit toward the A.A.S. degree. Please refer to A-B Tech’s transfer policy.

Students must earn a minimum of 25% of all A.A.S. courses (17 credit hours) 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: ACA, BIO, and SUR

Preadmission Requirements

BIO 168
4 Credit Hour(s)

First Semester

ENG 111
3 Credit Hour(s)
ACA 115
1 Credit Hour(s)
BIO 169
4 Credit Hour(s)

Second Semester

BIO 175
3 Credit Hour(s)

Third Semester

SUR 211
2 Credit Hour(s)
BUS 137
3 Credit Hour(s)
COM 120
3 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 150
3 Credit Hour(s)

Fifth Semester

SUR 210
2 Credit Hour(s)
HUM 115
3 Credit Hour(s)
SOC 210
3 Credit Hour(s)

SUR 212 may be substituted for BUS 137

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.  

Curriculum is based on the 2018-19 catalog.

  • 34 Total Credit Hours Required