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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surgical Technology, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science | SURG.TECH | Career Program
CIP Code: 51.0909
Visit Center for Health Studies, Room 1402 or call 301-546-0733 for your faculty advisor

Program Description

The Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program is dedicated to preparing students for success as employees in the operating room setting. The goal of the Surgical Technology Program is to provide didactic and clinical experiences/instruction which will enable students to enter the work industry as competent entry-level personnel, satisfying the urgent need for surgical technologists in local and regional communities/areas. Instruction shall include cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains of learning, meeting the expectations of the college and communities of interest specific to the clinical setting which includes hospitals, surgery centers, and ambulatory facilities.

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350  |  www.caahep.org

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Surgical Technology A.A.S. will be able to:

  • Perform one’s role as a surgical technologist before, during, and after surgical procedures
  • Exhibit skills that are required for a safe operating room environment such as decontamination and sterility
  • Demonstrate the ability to follow/adhere to the moral, legal, and ethical responsibilities to the patient
  • Organize surgical instrumentation, equipment, and supplies in an efficient, responsible, and safe manner while utilizing principles of surgical asepsis
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various surgical procedures in surgical specialties in a simulated operating room environment
  • Work effectively with members of the operating room team

General Education Courses

The list of general education courses appears in the General Education List . Some programs recommend or require specific courses to fulfill general education requirements. Please check your program’s sequence of study for this information.

Sequence of Study - Surgical Technology A.A.S.

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does notinclude developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation  for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

Required Courses (in expected order)

Program Total: 60 Credits


Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the same program. Refer to ARTSYS at artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.

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