Surgical Technology program aims to prepare women and men to work primarily
in the operating room suite, and to function as surgical technologists
who are integral members of the surgical team who work with surgeons,
anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical technologists
in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities
before, during and after surgery. Scrub, circulating, and second assisting
surgical technologists have primary responsibility for maintaining the
sterile field, being constantly vigilant that all members of the team
adhere to aseptic technique while understanding the surgical procedure.
An appreciation of the person having surgery, knowledge of common
conditions requiring surgery, and the surgical procedure as well as
skills of patient care are included. Ethical and legal dimensions of
the work and profession of surgical technology are part of the program.
The program combines core courses in biological sciences, humanities,
the specialty of surgical technology, and the role of the technologist.
Supervised clinical practice in hospitals, surgical processing services,
and operating rooms provide experiences to prepare for entry level positions
in hospital operating rooms and free-standing surgical centers.
Accreditation of Program/National Credentialing of the Graduate:
This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation
of Allied Health (CAAHEP) in conjunction with the Accreditation Review Committee on Education
in Surgical Technology and
Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).
7108-C South Alton Way, Suite 150, Englewood, CO, 80112-2106, phone
(303) 694-9262. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the
national the national certifying examination in Surgical Technology
(CST) given by The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical
Applicants must be high school graduates or the equivalent, with
successful completion of courses in biology, chemistry, and algebra
2. These courses are required for taking Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology.
Developmental courses are available at STCC to meet these prerequisites.
All students must achieve a Math level of
ALGB-093, a reading level of
READ-105, and an English level of
ENGL-100 on the College Placement Test.
Health requirements must be completed by August 15 for Fall admission.
Information and forms can be obtained from Health Services, 755-4230,
Bldg 20 Third Floor.
A required health form must be completed prior to enrollment, complete
with required immunizations. Prophylaxis against Hepatitis B is required.
Any health limitations must be within safe limits for both students
The work in the operating room requires the ability to work on your
feet, manual dexterity with fine coordinated motor skills, a stable
temperament, attention to detail, and a strong sense of responsibility
and integrity. Lifting patients and heavy equipment is part of the work.
Requirements of the Association of Surgical Technologists
From: Core Curriculum, Association of the Surgical Technologists, May
All students must meet these requirements of the accrediting association:
It should be noted that the clinical experience in the operating
room is scheduled to begin at 6:45 a.m. and the afternoon shift may
be used, rather than the routine College schedule. This will involve
SURG-409. Clinical time is scheduled to provide learning opportunities.
The graduates of the STCC Department of Surgical Technology
will demonstrate competence to:
Upon successful completion of requirements for this program, the
degree of Associate in Science in Surgical Technology
will be awarded.