Program: Surgical Technologist
(Associate in Applied Sciences Degree)
Degree Plan Code: AAS.SURG.TECH
The Surgical Technology program offers the student a learning opportunity to provide patient services in the surgical setting under the supervision of the operating room director. The Surgical Technologist, as a part of the operating team, aids in providing safe and efficient patient care. The technologist prepares the instruments, supplies and equipment for use at the operating room table and assists in the use of these materials during surgical procedures.
The Surgical Technology program is a two-year (5 semester) program that prepares students to function as a Surgical Technologist. The first semester of the curriculum is designated as the Health Occupations Core Curriculum which consists of general education and health occupations core courses all of which are completed before a student applies for entrance to the program. The remainder of the curriculum provides intensive didactic and clinical training in the allied health specialty of surgical technology. Upon completion of the general education requirements and program course work, the student will be eligible for an AAS Surgical Technology degree. Successful graduates are eligible for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Certified Surgical Technologist Exam. Certification is a requirement of employment as a Surgical Technologist in the State of Texas.
A minimum grade requirement of "C" or better is required in all courses.
+Support courses may be completed before, but not after, the semester indicated.
++Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Humanities/Fine Arts.
NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.