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Surgical Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Surgical Technology is designed for students with an interest in working in the surgical setting and caring for patients that are undergoing a surgical procedure. Students will apply manual dexterity and knowledge of surgical technology under the direction of a surgeon and in conjunction with the surgical team. At the completion of the program, graduates may seek employment in a hospital, surgical center, other outpatient settings, or surgical equipment industry and veterinary services. In addition, the AAS degree includes common core classes with the Hospital Central Services certificate program. Upon completion of the Surgical Technology program, students take the national Certified Surgical Technologist exam (CST). Students also have the option within the program to complete the 480-hour Hospital Central Service Technology practicum to be eligible to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification examination from International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM).


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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Surgical Technology (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
Student must be eligible to enroll in MAT120, MAT121 or MAT122.

Students must complete the following general education courses with a 2.0 GPA prior to formal application to the program.

BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR
+ BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4) AND
+ BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4) 4-8

+ BIO205 Microbiology 4

+ ENG101 First-Year Composition (3) OR
+ ENG107 First-Year Composition for ESL (3) 3

+ PHY101 Introduction to Physics 4

Students interested in transferring to the Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science in Surgical Technology program or another Arizona state public university can satisfy the relevant Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC-A) and transfer requirements by completing the following courses while waiting in the program queue:

1. An additional course with the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] general studies designation meeting the Cultural [C] and Global [G] or Historical [H] Awareness Areas and Literacy (if exempt from CRE101) with choice as needed. 3
2. An additional course with the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications general studies designation. 3

See the AGEC Matrix for current course value details.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate skills and scrubbing procedures in all specialties in the operating room environment.
  2. Apply didactic comprehension by passing National Certification Exam for Certified Registered Central Service Technician certification from the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management.
  3. Apply skills of aseptic technique in lab setting.
  4. Collaborate to enhance team communication skills.
  5. Engage in community activities for self and professional growth.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Medical Dosimetrists, Medical Records Specialists, and Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other


* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

1. Formal application and admission to the program.
2. Background Check Requirements: Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Background Check standards. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD background check policy.
3. Clinical Health and Safety requirements must be met. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD clinical health and safety policy.
4. Inability to comply with Background Check requirements and/or Clinical Health and Safety requirements at the start of classes or at any time during the program will result in cancellation of enrollment.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the locations, partners, and available tracks of the program.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Additional courses that are specific to your selected option will be highlighted with a blue border.

Note: You will have to select one of the options below to view available course sequences.

Full-time Sequence

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Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Surgical Technology (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.