Surgical Technology - Associate of Applied Technology Degree

Prepares students to work as part of a team of surgeons and registered nurses in the operating room. Successful graduates of this program are educated in surgical technology under the guidelines of the Association of Surgical Technologists.

The structured curriculum includes basic sciences, patient care, surgical procedures, and human anatomy combined with clinical rotations in area health care facilities. Classroom instruction, labs, and clinical internships prepare students to assume the role of a perioperative team member in a variety of health care delivery settings. Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning, and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations.

No student will be allowed at a clinical site without proof of insurance.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Surgical Technology degree, students will be able to:

  • Correlate the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology to their role as a surgical technologist.
  • Use principles and practices related to personal patient safety devices and procedures.
  • Apply the ethical, legal, moral, and medical values related to the patient and the operating room team during the perioperative experience.
  • Correlate the elements, action, and use of medications and anesthetic agents used during the perioperative experience.
  • Demonstrate safe practice techniques in regards to perioperative routines, patient transportation, positioning, and emergency procedures.
  • Demonstrate principles of surgical asepsis as part of the perioperative experience.
  • Analyze the biopsychosocial needs of the surgical patient in order to address those needs.
  • Perform as a competent entry-level surgical technologist in the cognitive, psychomotor, and effective learning domains according to ARC/STSA standards.
  • Model the professional attributes of the surgical technologist.

Program Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( has granted accreditation to the Surgical Technology program 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

9355 113th Street North, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

Phone: 727-210-2350  Fax: 727-210-2354

Physical Activity Requirements

Students cannot require use of assistive devices. This occupation requires the ability to stand, sit, and walk for extended periods of time and the ability to lift and hold 50 lbs. Students must be able to meet these physical requirements in order to complete lab requirements, be assigned to a clinical rotation and get a job in this field.

Employability Requirements

Most employers prefer national certification. Seven hours of AIDS education and training as required under WAC 246-939. A comprehensive background check will be conducted to screen for prior convictions prior to state registration.

Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for employment.

Program Length

This program is a combination of on-line, classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences.  It is approximately six quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Fall and spring quarters