Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology

Surgical technologists are operating room specialists who perform specific duties for pre-, intra-, and postoperative case management. Surgical technologists must be knowledgeable in asepsis and sterile technique, and must be able to properly care for instrumentation, equipment and supplies.  Surgical case management, wound care and closure, and surgical patient care and safety all fall within the realm of the surgical technologist’s responsibilities.   

Prior to a scheduled surgical procedure, the surgical technologist’s duties include preparation of the operating room, gathering of supplies and equipment, case set-up, and preparation of the operative site with sterile drapes. During surgery, surgical technologists anticipate the needs of the surgeon, maintain the sterile field, pass instruments and medications to the surgeon and assistant, and apply wound dressings. Postoperative case management duties include care and maintenance of equipment and instruments after use, and preparation of the operating room for the next procedure.

Surgical technologists may be employed in hospital operating rooms, central sterile processing departments, outpatient surgical units, medical companies as sales representatives or in private physicians’ practices.

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for the Associate Degree Programs.

Surgical Technology is a limited enrollment program due to limited clinical site availability and program accreditation requirements. Students compete to earn acceptance into this program and must complete the following steps prior to submitting an application to the department:

  • Meet with the UAA Surgical Technology program advisor regarding application and program admission requirements prior to the application deadline.
  • Place into MATH A105 or a higher MATH course, or complete MATH A055 with a minimum grade of C.
  • Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of C in each course, and a combined GPA of 2.5 or higher in these courses. 
BIOL A111Human Anatomy and Physiology I3-4
or BIOL A113 Lectures in Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL A112Human Anatomy and Physiology II3-4
or BIOL A114 Lectures in Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL A241Lectures in Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences3-4
or BIOL A240 Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences
MA A101Medical Terminology3
MA A104Essentials of Human Disease3
WRTG A111Writing Across Contexts3
  • Submit the Surgical Technology program application.

Students selected for the program will be required to submit the following items (specific information can be found on the School of Allied Health, Surgical Technology Program website):

1.  A copy of current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Provider certification.

2.  Evidence of current immunizations as requested by the department.

3.  Evidence of health insurance coverage.

4.  A national-level criminal background check and a drug-screening lab test.

Advising

Interested students should contact the Surgical Technology department in the School of Allied Health for information and deadlines regarding the program application and selection criteria. Completion of admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.  

Academic Requirements

Students in the Surgical Technology AAS program must earn a satisfactory grade (C or higher or P) in all SURG courses in order to progress to the next semester. Students who do not meet this requirement will be notified and may submit a formal request to retake one course to attempt to earn a satisfactory grade; however, this will be possible only on a space available basis and by approval of the program faculty. The request will be considered in the context of the student’s overall performance in the program. If space is not available, or if the request is denied, students may be removed from the program.

Graduation Requirements

1.  Satisfy the General University Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.

2.  Complete the General Course/Education Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees in oral and written communications (9 credits). In the Surgical Technology program, the General Course Requirement is fulfilled by completing pre-requisite courses.

3.  Complete the program requirements listed below with a minimum grade of C or P.

Program Requirements

BIOL A111Human Anatomy and Physiology I3-4
or BIOL A113 Lectures in Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL A112Human Anatomy and Physiology II3-4
or BIOL A114 Lectures in Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL A241Lectures in Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences3-4
or BIOL A240 Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences
MA A101Medical Terminology3
MA A104Essentials of Human Disease3
PSY A111General Psychology3
or PSY A150 Lifespan Development
or SOC A101 Introduction to Sociology
SURG A150Introduction to Surgical Technology4
SURG A160Fundamentals of Surgical Technology8
SURG A210Surgical Procedures I6
SURG A220Surgical Procedures II6
SURG A292Surgical Technology Seminar1
SURG A295Surgical Technology Practicum11
Total Credits54-57

A minimum of 63 credits is required for this degree.

1.  Apply knowledge and skills of biological sciences in the perioperative setting.

2. Communicate effectively with surgical team members, patients and their families

3.  Apply the principles of aseptic technique in the perioperative setting

4.  Organize routine instrumentation and supplies within the perioperative environment.

5.  Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacology and math calculation principles related to the surgical environment

6.  Collaborate with members of the surgical team to deliver quality patient care with consideration of the unique psychological and social needs of each patient

7.  Demonstrate skills and behaviors necessary to function as a member of a surgical team