El Centro College - Degree Plans - Surgical Technologist - Surgical Technologist Certificate
El Centro 2014 - 2015 Catalog
Degree Plans - Surgical Technologist - Surgical Technologist Certificate
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(Level II Certificate)

ECC-Closed September 1, 2014.

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: C2.SGTC.TECH.08

The Surgical Technologist program is 11 months in length and 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 Technologist program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756; Phone: 727-210-2350; Fax: 727-210-2354) in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Committee for Educational Programs in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST/SA, 6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110, Littleton, CO 80120; Phone: 303-694-9262; Fax: 303-741-3655).


Admission requirements include:

  1. Completion of all requirements for admission as a full time student to the college.
  2. Satisfactory scores on assessment exams.
  3. An information session.
  4. Must complete prerequisites to program with a 2.5 G.P.A. or better.
  5. Must have a G.P.A. of 2.5 or better from previous college courses. Developmental course grades are not included in the G.P.A. calculation.
  6. Applicants are rank ordered for admission based on the grade point average earned on five (5) prerequisite courses.

Contact the Assessment Center at El Centro College to schedule the assessment exams. Visit the web site http://www.elcentrocollege.edu/healthcareers/ or call Health Occupations Admissions, 972-860-5001, to receive an information packet.



ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
SCIT 1407 Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
HPRS 1204 Basic Health Professions Skills 2
HPRS 2231 General Health Professions Management 2


SRGT 1505 Introduction to Surgical Technology 5
SRGT 1509 Fundamentals of Perioperative Concepts and Techniques 5
SRGT 1166 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Surgical Technology/Technologist 1
+HPRS 2300 Pharmacology for Health Professions 3
+SCIT 1408 Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4


SRGT 1541 Surgical Procedures I 5
SRGT 1542 Surgical Procedures II 5
SRGT 1367 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Surgical Technology/Technologist 3
+HPRS 1202 Wellness and Health Promotion 2


SRGT 2266 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Surgical Technology/Technologist 2
SRGT 2130 Professional Readiness 1
Minimum Hours Required 50

+Support courses may be completed before, but not after, the semester indicated.

A minimum grade requirement of "C" or better is required in all courses.

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.