LCCC Catalog 2021-2022 
    
    Aug 16, 2022  
LCCC Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surgical Technology, AAS


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The goal of the Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program is to prepare competent, entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains. Graduates of the program will be able to apply fundamental theoretical knowledge in the practice of surgical technology; acquire and evaluate emerging surgical knowledge; effectively and safely manipulate surgical equipment, instruments and supplies; consistently maintain sterile technique; and demonstrate the formation of a strong sterile conscience.

The program has limited enrollment and admits one class each fall. The prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress prior to application for program admission. Prospective students should contact the Surgical Technology Program director for admission deadlines.

Once the student has been accepted, the intensive 11-month surgery core program combines classroom lectures and discussions, laboratory demonstrations with hands-on practice, and supervised clinical experiences in actual patient care settings to provide students with a variety of learning opportunities.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, which allows graduates to take the national certifying examination sponsored by the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

This degree offers coursework intended to develop entry-level surgical technologists. Students are employable in the profession upon graduation from the program.

Contact Information

Contact information is available on the Surgical Technology program website.

Map your individual academic plan of courses with your College Advisor.

If students choose to transition to another program within the Health Sciences & Wellness pathway, they should be particularly aware of the choice points that indicate when a decision to branch off into another program must be made to ensure credits and time are not lost.

Coursework common to all degrees within this pathway is indicated by CAC, Common Academic Coursework, in the program map. 

Competencies


Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate multiple forms of communication across a wide range of surgical specialties.
  2. Employ safe practices in the surgical setting.
  3. Demonstrate the principles of asepsis and surgical conscience.
  4. Apply professional standards appropriate to surgical technologists.
  5. Utilize appropriate technology as it relates to surgery.

First Semester - Prerequisites


Choice Points


  • Student pursuing Surgical Technology should complete the prerequisite courses listed here during their first semester to avoid losing credits and to stay on track to apply to the program.

Semester Total: 16 Credits


Second Semester - Prerequisites


Course Requirements


Milestones


  • Students are eligible to apply to the Surgical Technology program upon completion of the courses in this semester.

Semester Total: 15 Credits


First Semester


Second Semester


Milestones


  • Students are eligible for clinical learning.

Semester Total: 15 Credits


Third Semester


Milestones


The Surgical Technology program meets during the summer semester.

  • Completion of AAS degree in Surgical Technology.
  • Students are eligible to take the CST exam. This certification is recommended for employment in the field.

Semester Total: 8 Credits


Program Credit Hour Total: 69 Credits


Program Comments

Students planning to apply to the Surgical Technology program should work closely with their Advising Team regarding course sequence options required for completion prior to program application. Students may apply to the program while enrolled in or completing the last semester of prerequisites. Students should closely review the program application for specific information and requirements prior to applying to the program.

The information below is intended to be a guide, and does not guarantee regional job placement, job availability, or a specific wage after completion of the program. Students may be required to pass the Certified Surgical Technologist exam sponsored by the National Board Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Graduates with a degree in Surgical Technology typically start in entry-level positions in hospitals and medical clinics. Additional information on careers in Surgical Technology is available through Career Coach.

Transfer Information

LCCC courses may transfer to institutions in addition to those with formal articulation agreements. Students are strongly encouraged to determine the degree requirements and transfer policy of the specific college/ university and program to which they plan to transfer.

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