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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).

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest: 
Health Sciences
Type: 
Associate Degree
Academic Plan Code: 
3673
Total credits required: 
62.5-91
Effective term: 
Fall 2021
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.

Academic Plan: 
Surgical Technology (DEG)
Notes

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.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:40.5-52
There are two options available to students to enter the surgical technology program after completing the program prerequisite courses. Option I is for students who do NOT have a Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification through the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM). Option II is for students who have a CRCST certification through IAHCSMM.
 
Option I
 
BIO205Microbiology4
 
HCC130Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery (3)
OR
HCC130AAHealth Care Today (0.5) AND
HCC130ABWorkplace Behaviors in Health Care (0.5) AND
HCC130ACPersonal Wellness and Safety (0.5) AND
HCC130ADCommunication and Teamwork in Health Care Organizations (0.5) AND
HCC130AELegal Issues in Health Care (0.5) AND
HCC130AFDecision Making in the Health Care Setting (0.5)
OR
Permission of GateWay Health Core Curriculum Coordinator (0)0-3
 
HCC145Medical Terminology for Health Care Workers (3) OR
HCC146Common Medical Terminology for Health Care Workers (2) OR
Work experience or equivalent course education as evaluated by the GateWay Health Core Curriculum Coordinator (0)0-3
 
HCC/RES109CPR for Health Care Provider (0.5) OR
Proof of Current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR Certification (0) 0-0.5
 
HCS/SGT100Fundamentals of Surgical Services5
HCS/SGT102Basic Surgical Instrumentation for Surgical Services2
HCS/SGT107Equipment and Supplies for Surgical Services1
HCS/SGT152Advanced Surgical Instruments for Surgical Services2
PHY101Introduction to Physics4
SGT135Instrument Handling I1
SGT155Instrument Handling II1
SGT156Hospital Central Service Practicum For Surgical Technology0.5
SGT165Surgical Procedures I4
SGT180Pharmacology for Surgical Technology I1
SGT200Operating Room Practicum I1
SGT205Operating Room Practicum II2
SGT210Surgical Procedures II4
SGT220Operating Room Practicum III3
SGT225Operating Room Practicum IV3
SGT227Operating Room Practicum V3
SGT260Surgical Procedures III2
SGT275Certification Examinations Preparation2
 
 
Option II
 
Students who have been admitted into Option II will have HCS/SGT100 waived by the Program Director with proof of the CRCST certification.0
 
BIO205Microbiology4
 
HCC130Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery (3)
OR
HCC130AAHealth Care Today (0.5) AND
HCC130ABWorkplace Behaviors in Health Care (0.5) AND
HCC130ACPersonal Wellness and Safety (0.5) AND
HCC130ADCommunication and Teamwork in Health Care Organizations (0.5) AND
HCC130AELegal Issues in Health Care (0.5) AND
HCC130AFDecision Making in the Health Care Setting (0.5)
OR
Permission of GateWay Health Core Curriculum Coordinator (0)0-3
 
HCC145Medical Terminology for Health Care Workers (3) OR
HCC146Common Medical Terminology for Health Care Workers (2) OR
Work experience or equivalent course education as evaluated by the GateWay Health Core Curriculum Coordinator (0)0-3
 
HCC/RES109CPR for Health Care Provider (0.5) OR
Proof of Current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR Certification (0) 0-0.5
 
HCS/SGT102Basic Surgical Instrumentation for Surgical Services2
HCS/SGT107Equipment and Supplies for Surgical Services1
HCS/SGT152Advanced Surgical Instruments for Surgical Services2
PHY101Introduction to Physics4
SGT135Instrument Handling I1
SGT155Instrument Handling II1
SGT156Hospital Central Service Practicum For Surgical Technology0.5
SGT165Surgical Procedures I4
SGT180Pharmacology for Surgical Technology I1
SGT200Operating Room Practicum I1
SGT205Operating Room Practicum II2
SGT210Surgical Procedures II4
SGT220Operating Room Practicum III3
SGT225Operating Room Practicum IV3
SGT227Operating Room Practicum V3
SGT260Surgical Procedures III2
SGT275Certification Examinations Preparation2
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-7
This course is optional and may be taken to meet eligibility for the exam for Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) Certification from the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM).
 
HCS154Hospital Central Service Practicum7
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-32
 
General Education CoreCredits: 12-18
 
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
 
MathematicsCredits: 3-6
Students transferring to Northern Arizona University to complete the Bachelor of Science in Surgical Technology program or students transferring to another Arizona state public university must complete MAT15+ or higher course where MAT12+ is a prerequisite to satisfy the relevant Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC-A) and transfer requirements.
 
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
Equivalent course OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course3-6
 
General Education DistributionCredits: 10-14
 
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Recommend meeting the Cultural [C] and Global [G] or Historical [H] Awareness Areas and Literacy (if exempt from CRE101) with choice if of transferring to Northern Arizona University to complete the Bachelor of Science in Surgical Technology program or to complete the AGEC-A transfer requirements for an Arizona public state university.
 
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.3
 
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
SOC101Introduction to Sociology (3) OR
PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3)3
 
Natural SciencesCredits: 4-8
BIO160Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4) AND
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)4-8
Competencies
  • Demonstrate skills and scrubbing procedures in all specialties in the operating room environment. (HCC/RES109, HCS/SGT100, HCS/SGT102, HCS/SGT152, SGT135, SGT155, SGT156, SGT165, SGT180, SGT200, SGT205, SGT210, SGT220, SGT225, SGT227, SGT260, SGT275)
  • 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. (BIO160, BIO201, BIO202, BIO205, HCC/RES109, HCS/SGT100, HCS/SGT102, HCS/SGT152, SGT135, SGT155, SGT156, SGT165, SGT180, SGT200, SGT205, SGT210, SGT220, SGT225, SGT227, SGT260, SGT275, PHY101, [FYC])
  • Apply skills of aseptic technique in lab setting. (HCS/SGT100, HCS/SGT102, HCS/SGT107, HCS/SGT152, SGT135, SGT155, SGT156, SGT165, SGT180, SGT200, SGT205, SGT210, SGT220, SGT225, SGT227, SGT260, SGT275, MAT120, MAT121, MAT122)
  • Collaborate to enhance team communication skills. (HCC130++, HCS/SGT100, HCS/SGT102, HCS/SGT107, HCS/SGT152, SGT135, SGT155, SGT156, SGT165, SGT180, SGT200, SGT205, SGT210, SGT220, SGT225, SGT227, SGT260, SGT275, PSY101, SOC101, (COM), [FYC])
  • Engage in community activities for self and professional growth. (HCC130++, HCC145, HCC146, SGT156, SGT200, SGT205, SGT220, SGT225, SGT227, [HU])

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