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Surgical Technology
Associate in Applied Science Degree
School of Health Sciences
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 10-512-1

For Information:
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC 


Overview
— Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. Surgical technologists work under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective completion of invasive surgical procedures. They work to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

Surgical technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique, and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.


Upon completion of the program, you are eligible to write the certification examination given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting to become a Certified Surgical Technologist. 


Career Outlook
— Entry-level positions are available in operating rooms and ambulatory surgery facilities. For career information, visit www.arcstsa.org.


Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect graduates to:

  • Apply health sciences principles to the peri-operative environment
  • Apply principles of disinfection and sterilization to the surgical environment, equipment and instrumentation
  • Maintain principles of sterile technique in the surgical environment
  • Prepare the operating room by gathering equipment and supplies
  • Pass instruments, equipment and supplies in a safe and efficient manner
  • Provide a safe, efficient and supportive environment for the peri-operative patient
  • Anticipate the sequence of events during surgical procedures
  • Demonstrate safe practice with medications and solutions
  • Function as an ethical, legal and professional member of the healthcare team within the surgical technologists' scope of practice
  • Demonstrate proficiency on the comprehensive surgical technologist exam as specified by NBSTSA


Preparation for Admission — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process


Additional Requirements: 
NATSCI-177 or NATSCI-202 must be completed. In addition, current enrollment or completion of NATSCI-197 is required to petition. 


Required Natural Science (NATSCI) courses must be completed with a grade of C+ or better.


Also required for admission: 

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • One year of high school-level algebra, biology and chemistry (or equivalent college courses)
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment


Possible Careers:
Certified Surgical Technologist
Surgical Assistant
Surgical Technician
Surgical Technologist

 

Related Programs:
Anesthesia Technology
Cardiovascular Technology
Respiratory Therapist

 

Start Dates: August/January

This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

 

Curriculum effective 2014-15.

TECHNICAL STUDIES 

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

 

 

(1)

HEALTH-101

Medical Terminology 

3

(1)

SURGT-125

Introduction to Surgical Technology ‡ 

4

(1)

 

SURGT-126

Surgical Tech Fundamentals 1 ‡

4

 

(1)

SURGT-127

Exploring Surgical Issues ‡

2

(2)

 

SURGT-128

Surgical Tech Fundamentals 2 ‡

4

 

(2)

 

SURGT-129

Surgical Pharmacology ‡

2

 

(2)

 

SURGT-130

Surgical Skills Application ‡

2

 

(3)

SURGT-137

Surgical Tech Clinical Practice 1 ‡

4

(3)

 

SURGT-140

Surgical Interventions 1A ‡

2

 

(3)

 

SURGT-138

Surgical Tech Clinical Practice 2 ‡

4

 

(4)

 

SURGT-139

Surgical Tech Clinical Practice 3 ‡

4

 

(4)

 

SURGT-141

Surgical Interventions 1B ‡

      2

 

(4)

SURGT-142

Surgical Intervention II ‡

      4

GENERAL STUDIES

 

 

ECON-195

Economics

3

(or) Any 200-series ECON course

 


ENG-151 and


Communication Skills 1 ‡


3

 

 

ENG-152

Communication Skills 2 ‡

3

 

 

 

 

(or) ENG-201 and any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course

 

 

 


NATSCI-177 and


General Anatomy and Physiology ‡


4

 

 

 

NATSCI-179

Advanced Anatomy and Physiology ‡

      4

 

(or) NATSCI-201 and NATSCI-202


NATSCI-197


Microbiology ‡


4

 

PSYCH-199

Psychology of Human Relations

3

 

 

 

(or) Any 200-series PSYCH course

 

 

 

 

 
ELECTIVES


Suggested Electives: Three  Credits Needed

     
      3 

 

 

 

HEALTH-107

Introduction to Computing for Healthcare

 

 

 

NATSCI-241

Pathophysiology: Disease Process ‡

 

 

 

RADT-165

Applied Cross-Sectional Anatomy ‡

 


TOTAL CREDITS: 68

‡  

Prerequisite required.

Required Natural Science (NATSCI) courses must be completed with a grade of C+ or better.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.  

NOTE: Students who have not been accepted, or have not decided on a program, may begin with GENERAL STUDIES courses, if course prerequisites have been met.

For course descriptions, times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

 

Page updated April 2014.