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Surgical Technology (TP/SS)

Students who plan to major in surgical technology will be assigned the temporary major of pre-surgical technology, with POS code 590, until they are officially admitted to the surgical technology program. Students may take preparatory courses and courses that fulfill general education requirements during the waiting period. As an alternative to being assigned a temporary major, students waiting for admission to the surgical technology program may choose to major in general studies or any other open-admission program. The Admissions and Records Office at Takoma Park/Silver Spring will assign a matriculated code once students are admitted to the surgical technology program. In order to take any Surgical Technology courses the student must be accepted into the Surgical Technology Program.

This curriculum is designed for those who desire to move into surgical technology careers or who wish to upgrade present surgical skills in this area.  Credits earned in this degree provide transfer options for students who choose to continue studies beyond the AAS.

The curriculum, emphasizing both didactic and clinical experience, offers a broad base of surgical skills needed by those who function as integral members of the surgical team. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727)210-2350,  Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will receive the A.A.S. and will be required to apply to take the certification examination given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.  Surgical Technologists are eligible for employment in hospitals, operating rooms, physicians' offices, surgery centers, labor and delivery, and freestanding minor surgery facilities.

Each of the surgical technology courses builds upon materials offered in the previous course. Students must meet prerequisites to the first semester courses. A grade of C or better in each surgical technology course must be achieved.

For information regarding the program and admissions, please contact the Office at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, 240-567-1501, or the program department.

Surgical Technology AAS  (TP/SS)

General Education Requirements
Foundation Courses    
  English foundation 3
  Mathematics foundation 3
  Speech foundation 3
Distribution Courses    
  Arts or humanities distribution 3
PSYC 102 General Psychology I (BSSD) 3
BIOL 212
Human Anatomy and Physiology I* (NSLD) 4
Surgical Technology Requirements (34 credit hours)
BIOL 210 Microbiology 4
BIOL 213 Human Anatomy and Physiology II* 4
HINM 115 Medical Terminology I 2
HINM 116
Medical Terminology II
SURG 100 Introduction Surgical Technology 4
SURG 101 Surgical Technology I 6
SURG 102 Surgical Technology II 6
SURG 103 Pharmacology and Anesthesia 2
SURG 201 Surgical Technology III 6
SURG 205 Clinical Practicum I 3
SURG 211 Surgical Technology IV 6
SURG 212 Clinical Practicum II 3
Total credit hours 65

*Students should check the prerequisite for BIOL 212, BIOL 213, and ENGL foundation

Program Outcomes for the Surgical Technology AAS Degree

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique.
  • Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Maximize patient safety by facilitating a safe surgical environment.
  • Perform competently in the First Scrub role and Assistant Circulator role in accordance with ARC/STSA standards.
  • Apply principles of pharmacology as related to the Surgical Technologist.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in perioperative procedural management.
  • Demonstrate cultural competence.

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Courses in italics meet
 General Education requirements.

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