Surgical Technology A.A.S. Overview

Associate in Applied Science
Program Code: 

The Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team.

Students will apply theoretical knowledge to the care of patients undergoing surgery and develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations.

Employment opportunities include labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physicians’ offices, and central supply processing units.  

Students of programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) are required to take the national certification exam administered by the National Board on Certification in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) within a four-week period prior to or after graduation.

Specific Program Requirements:

  1. General College admission requirements.
  2. This program has a competitive or limited program admission criteria selection process. See Fall 2017 Competitive Allied Health Program Criteria on the Competitive and Limited Programs page of the A-B Tech website.
  3. Final admission to the Surgical Technology program shall be contingent upon documentation of physical and emotional health that would provide evidence indicative of the applicant’s ability to provide safe care to the public.
  4. Satisfactory completion of required immunizations.
  5. 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.
  6. Clinical agencies and/or credentialing bodies require criminal background checks and drug screens prior to admission to clinical sites or issuance of credentials.
  7. Students applying to the Surgical Technology program are encouraged to have successfully completed: ACA 115, BIO 163 (or BIO 168 and BIO 169), BIO 175, CIS 110, and ENG 111 prior to program admission due to the rigorous nature of the Surgical Technology curriculum.

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by: 
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: (727) 210-2350
Fax: (727) 210-2354

Upon the recommendation of:
Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA)
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: (303) 694-9262
Fax: (303) 741-3655 


Courses requiring a grade of C or better:  ACA, BIO, SUR

First Semester

ACA 115
1 Credit Hour(s)
BIO 163
5 Credit Hour(s)
ENG 111
3 Credit Hour(s)
SUR 110
3 Credit Hour(s)
SUR 111
7 Credit Hour(s)

Second Semester

BIO 175
3 Credit Hour(s)
SUR 122
6 Credit Hour(s)
SUR 123
7 Credit Hour(s)

Third Semester

CIS 110
3 Credit Hour(s)
SUR 134
5 Credit Hour(s)
SUR 135
4 Credit Hour(s)

Fourth Semester

ENG 114
3 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 150
3 Credit Hour(s)
SUR 211
2 Credit Hour(s)
SUR 212
4 Credit Hour(s)

Fifth Semester

HUM 115
3 Credit Hour(s)
SOC 210
3 Credit Hour(s)
SUR 210
2 Credit Hour(s)
SUR 137
1 Credit Hour(s)

COM 120 or COM 231 may be substituted for ENG 114

PHI 240 may be substituted for HUM 115

Curriculum is based on the 2017-18 catalog.

  • 68 Total Credit Hours Required