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Associate Degree in Surgical Technology

Associate of Science degree in Surgical Technology


Associate of Science degree in Surgical Technology provides students with the technical ability; knowledge and skills required for entry-level employment as a member of a healthcare team in hospital or surgical center operating rooms.  Students receive instruction in essentials of healthcare, surgical instrumentation, anatomy, physiology, medical language and pharmacology.  Graduates are prepared for employment as surgical technologists.

Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet BSU mission and objectives:

  •  Integrate the surgical technology knowledge base in cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains;demonstrate skills following established criteria, protocols and objectives in the cognitive, affective and    psychomotor domains.
  •  Function safely, effectively and efficiently and exhibit ethical behavior in a surgical technologist role.
  •  Apply basic scientific principles related to anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology for safe transfer,positioning, prepping and draping of surgical patients.
  •  Describe actions and uses of anesthetic and pharmacological agents in the care of surgical patients.
  •  Apply knowledge of interpersonal skills and communications relative to procedures and protocols from a surgical technologist’s perspective when working with patients, patients’ significant others, colleagues and   other members of a healthcare team, as well as other members of the community.
  • Apply principles of asepsis in an operating room setting.
  •  Demonstrate appropriate use and care of basic and specialty instruments and supplies.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

 Background check and drug screening when applicable

Immunization record signed by physician

Successful completion general education requirements with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher

Program Outline

To receive an Associate of Science in Surgical Technology, students must earn 75.0 credit hours. Program requirements are as follows:

Surgical Technology Major Courses ( 49.0 credit hours total )
Health Care Concepts 5.0 credit hours
Surgical Techniques and Procedures I 4.0 credit hours
Surgical Techniques and Procedures II 4.0 credit hours
Surgical Techniques and Procedures III 4.0 credit hours
Surgical Specialties I with Anatomy and Physiology 4.0 credit hours
Surgical Specialties III with Anatomy and Physiology 4.0 credit hours
Surgical Specialties IV with Anatomy and Physiology 4.0 credit hours
Surgical Specialties V with Anatomy and Physiology 4.0 credit hours
Once all courses listed previously have been completed, the following externship courses are taken in sequence as listed.
Surgical Technology Externship I 4.0 credit hours
Surgical Technology Externship II 4.0 credit hours
Surgical Technology Externship III 4.0 credit hours

All students sit for the certification exam at the end of Externship III.

General Education Courses ( 26.0 credit hours )

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