Surgical Technology

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Healthcare Services
  • Program Code: 10-512-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Program

Description

Surgical technologists work under direct supervision to facilitate the safe and effective completion of invasive surgical procedures.

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. They work to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, the equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

Graduates of this program are eligible to write the certification exam 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.


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Detailed Program Information

Curriculum

Sixteen-week terms.
This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.
Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

TECHNICAL STUDIES

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

 

 

(1)

HEALTH-101

Medical Terminology

3

(2)

SURGT-125

Introduction to Surgical Technology ‡

4

(2)

 

SURGT-126

Surgical Tech Fundamentals 1 ‡

4

 

(2)

SURGT-127

Exploring Surgical Issues ‡

2

(2)

 

SURGT-129

Surgical Pharmacology ‡

2

 

(3)

 

SURGT-128

Surgical Tech Fundamentals 2 ‡

4

 

(3)

 

SURGT-130

Surgical Skills Application ‡

2

 

(3)

SURGT-137

Surgical Tech Clinical Practice 1 ‡

4

(3)

 

SURGT-140

Surgical Interventions 1A ‡

2

 

(4)

 

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


Communication Skills 1 ‡


3

 

 

and ENG-152

Communication Skills 2 ‡

3

 

 

 

 

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

 

 



NATSCI-177


General Anatomy and Physiology ‡


4

 

 

 

and NATSCI-179

Advanced Anatomy and Physiology ‡

4

 

(or) NATSCI-201 Anatomy and Physiology 1‡ and NATSCI-202 Anatomy and Physiology 2‡




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 Digital Literacy for Healthcare
HEALTH-104 Culture of Healthcare

 

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.

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


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.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Apply healthcare and technological science principles to the perioperative environment
  • Maintain principles of sterile technique in the surgical environment
  • Provide a safe, efficient, and supportive environment for the patient
  • Prepare the patient, operating room and surgical team for the preoperative phase
  • Perform intraoperative case management in the scrub role
  • Perform postoperative case management
  • Function as an ethical, legal, and professional member of the healthcare team as determined by governing bodies

 

CST Exam Results

GRADUATION DATE

STUDENTS TAKING/PASSING EXAM

PASS RATE

05/16

6/6

100%

12/16

4/3

75%

5/2017

10/5

50%

12/2017

3/3

100%

5/2018

6/4

67%

12/18

6/5

83%

5/2019

6/5

83%

12/2019

8/6

75%

Career Outlook

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

Possible Careers

  • Certified Surgical Technologist
  • Surgical Assistant
  • Surgical Technician
  • Surgical Technologist

Admission Requirements

This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process

NATSCI-177 and NATSCI-179, or NATSCI-201 and NATSCI-202, must be completed to petition.

In addition, current enrollment or completion of NATSCI-197 is required to petition.

HP-A2 HESI Pre-admission exam required.

American Heart Association CPR course required.

Also required for admission:

  • One year of high school-level algebra, biology and chemistry (or equivalent college courses)

Scholarships

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Accreditation

Surgical Technology
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education
Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org
Accreditation is based on recommendation of the Accreditation Review
Committee on Education in Surgical Technology.

QUESTIONS?

Downtown Milwaukee Campus: 414-297-MATC

Last updated: 02/27/2020