Surgical Technology

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 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. Students of this program will take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBST/SA) Certification Examination for Surgical Technologists before graduation. Employment opportunities include labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, endoscopy suites/centers, physician’s offices and central supply processing units.

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Surgical Technology (A45740)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science in Surgical Technology is awarded by the College upon graduation from the program.

Admissions

  • Complete a CPCC application.
  • Admission to the Surgical Technology program is competitive.  Please note that, in addition to a general application to CPCC, students also must complete a separate application for the Surgical Technology program when they are ready to apply.
  • See the Surgical Technology website for the program application.
  • Students must be selected to enter the program.  Upon acceptance and enrollment in the program, students must take all courses as scheduled and sequenced.

Program Accreditation

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the 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

Notes

In addition to tuition and textbooks, costs of this program include the following: uniform scrubs, student ID badge, eye protection, a physical examination including 13-panel drug screening test, immunizations such as tetanus toxoid, hepatitis B, influenza vaccinations, TB test, blood tests (VDRL, rubella titer, etc.) and a current CPR with AED certification and a criminal background check. The student must also provide a certificate of current health and accident insurance.

In order to progress in this program, students must earn a “C” or better in all curriculum courses and be successful in clinical skills assessments.

In order to participate in clinical education experiences at health care facilities, students are required to submit results of a North Carolina state and national criminal background check and drug screen at their own expense. As a condition of this program admission, students will be required to verify that they are United States citizens or are otherwise legally authorized residents of the United States.

Contact Information

The Surgical Technology program is in the Health and Human Services Division. For information, call 704.330.3473 weekdays from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Division offices are located on third floor in the Belk (BL) Wing of the Health Careers Building.

For an admission packet, frequently asked questions and other information, visit the Surgical Technology website at cpcc.edu/health-human-services/surgical-technology-a45740.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
ENG 114Professional Research & Reporting3.0
PSY 150General Psychology3.0
Select 3.0 credits from the following:3.0
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy
Quantitative Literacy
Statistical Methods I
Precalculus Algebra
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Cultural Studies
Myth in Human Culture
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Philosophical Issues
Introduction to Ethics
World Religions
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Introduction to Communication
Public Speaking
Major Requirements
SUR 110Intro to Surgical Technology3.0
SUR 111Periop Patient Care7.0
SUR 122Surgical Procedures I6.0
SUR 123Sur Clinical Practice I7.0
SUR 134Surgical Procedures II5.0
SUR 135SUR Clinical Practice II4.0
SUR 137Professional Success Preparation1.0
SUR 210Advanced Sur Clinical Practice2.0
SUR 211Advanced Theoretical Concepts2.0
BIO 175General Microbiology3.0
or BIO 275 Microbiology
Select one of the following:5.0
Basic Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology I
and Anatomy and Physiology II
MED 121Medical Terminology I3.0
SUR 212Surgical Clinical Supplement4.0
Total Credits70

No diplomas offered.

No certificates offered.

Courses

SUR 110. Intro to Surgical Technology. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides a comprehensive study of peri-operative care, patient care concepts, and professional practice concepts within the profession of surgical technology. Topics include: introductory concepts, organizational structure and relationships, legal, ethical and moral issues, medical terminology, pharmacology, anesthesia, wound healing management concepts, and the technological sciences. Upon completion, students should be able to apply theoretical knowledge of the course topics to the practice of surgical technology.

Corequisites: Take SUR 111

SUR 111. Periop Patient Care. 7.0 Credits. Class-5.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the surgical technology student the theoretical knowledge required to function in the pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative role. Topics include asepsis, disinfection and sterilization, physical environment, instrumentation, equipment, peri-operative patient care, and peri-operative case management. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the principles and practice of the peri-operative team member to the operative environment.

Corequisites: Take SUR 110

SUR 122. Surgical Procedures I. 6.0 Credits. Class-5.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an introduction to selected basic and intermediate surgical specialties that students are exposed to the first clinical rotation. Emphasis is placed on related surgical anatomy, pathology, and procedures that enhance theoretical knowledge of patient care, instrumentation, supplies, and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to correlate, integrate, and apply theoretical knowledge of the course topics to the clinical operative environment.

Prerequisites: Take All: SUR 110 and SUR 111
Corequisites: Take SUR 123

SUR 123. Sur Clinical Practice I. 7.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-21.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides clinical experience with a variety of perioperative assignments to build upon skills learned in SUR 111. Emphasis is placed on the scrub and circulating roles of the surgical technologist including aseptic technique and basic case preparation for selected surgical procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare, assist with, and dismantle basic surgical cases in both the scrub and circulating roles.

Prerequisites: Take All: SUR 110 and SUR 111
Corequisites: Take SUR 122

SUR 134. Surgical Procedures II. 5.0 Credits. Class-5.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides a comprehensive study of intermediate and advanced surgical specialties that students are exposed to in the second clinical rotation. Emphasis is placed on related surgical anatomy, pathology, and procedures that enhance theoretical knowledge of patient care, instrumentation, supplies, and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to correlate, integrate, and apply theoretical knowledge of the course topics to the clinical operative environment.

Prerequisites: Take SUR 123

SUR 135. SUR Clinical Practice II. 4.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-12.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides clinical experience with a variety of perioperative assignments to build skills required for complex perioperative patient care. Emphasis is placed on greater technical skills, critical thinking, speed, efficiency, and autonomy in the operative setting. Upon completion, students should be able to function in the role of an entry-level surgical technologist.

Prerequisites: Take SUR 123
Corequisites: Take SUR 134

SUR 137. Professional Success Preparation. 1.0 Credit. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides employability skills and an overview of theoretical knowledge in preparation for certification. Topics include test-taking strategies, resume preparation, interviewing strategies, communication skills, and teamwork concepts. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare a resume, demonstrate appropriate interview techniques, and identify strengths and weaknesses in preparation for certification.

SUR 210. Advanced Sur Clinical Practice. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-6.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to provide individualized experience in advanced practice, education, circulating, and managerial skills. Emphasis is placed on developing and demonstrating proficiency in skills necessary for advanced practice. Upon completion, students should be able to assume leadership roles in a chosen specialty area.

Prerequisites: Take SUR 135 with a minimum grade of C

SUR 211. Advanced Theoretical Concepts. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers theoretical knowledge required for extension of the surgical technologist role. Emphasis is placed on advanced practice in complex surgical specialties, educational methodologies, and managerial skills. Upon completion, students should be able to assume leadership roles in a chosen specialty area.

Prerequisites: Take SUR 134 with a minimum grade of C

SUR 212. Surgical Clinical Supplement. 4.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-12.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the opportunity to continue mastering the continuity of care in the peri-operative assignment. Emphasis is placed on maintaining and enhancing acquired clinical skills in the peri-operative setting. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate mastery of surgical techniques in the role of the entry level surgical technologist.