Dec 09, 2023  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

Surgical Technology: CC (CTE)

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The Surgical Technology program is becoming an AAS degree program. Therefore the Certificate of Completion is being discontinued effective Fall 2021 semester. The AAS program is expected to be approved in June, but students will be able to register for the new AAS program for the Summer 2021 semester.



Certificate of Completion | 32 credits

Allied Health Division
Jordan Campus
JHS 137
Program Information 801-957-6207
Health Science Admissions 801-957-6253
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Assistant Professor - Gregory Maughan
Instructor Professor - Jana Mitchell

Program Description
The Surgical Technology Program requires students to acquire entry-level knowledge in the field of surgical technology. Students will demonstrate excellent skills competencies, and develop professional interpersonal skills and attitudes required for successful employment and work successfully in the operating room. Students will prepare to become competent entry-level Surgical Technologist. Graduates are required to take the National Certification Examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Passing the national examination qualifies the individual as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST®)

Career Opportunities
The Surgical Technologist is an individual with specialized education who functions as a member of the surgical team in the role of scrub person assisting with surgical procedures, creating and maintaining the sterile surgical field and, setting up and handing the instruments, sutures and other equipment needed to do the procedure. They are also responsible for care of the instruments before and after the procedure. Employment opportunities are available in hospitals, surgical centers, labor and delivery, and physician’s surgical suites.The Surgical Technologist must be in good physical and mental health to withstand rigors of the job. Enrollment in the Surgical Technology program is limited to the number of available clinical sites.

Transfer/Articulation Information
For information regarding transfer information, please see the Surgical Technology program advisor.

Estimated Cost for Students
Current tuition per semester:
Estimated additional cost for the program:
Surgical Technology Student Course Fees: $580.00
Books: $500.00
Supplies: $80.00
Additional fees: $100.00
Total estimated additional program costs: $1260.00

Estimated Time to Completion
Student will follow the program semester schedule. It will take two semesters (Fall, Spring) to complete the program. Four semesters including prerequisites. For Early Enrollment High School Program student will follow the program semester schedule. It will take five semesters (Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer, and Fall) to complete the program including prerequisites

Program Entry Requirements


  • Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student. See and declare your major as Pre-Health Sciences.
  • High School Graduate or equivalent
  • For transfer credit, submit OFFICIAL, SEALED transcripts for ALL colleges and universities where prerequisite coursework has been completed.
    Send to:
    SLCC Office of the Registrar and Academic Records
    4600 South Redwood Road
    P.O. Box 30808
    Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0808
  • A request to have an OFFICIAL evaluation of student’s transcript(s) must be submitted to the SLCC Transfer Evaluation Office. The form is located at: This process may take 4-6 weeks and must be completed before a student’s application will be considered.
  • Complete SLCC placement exam, or submit current SAT/ACT test scores, if MATH and ENGL course work have not been transferred to SLCC (required before you are able to register for classes that have MATH and ENGL courses as prerequisites). See:


  • Program course prerequisites are as follows (Courses listed below or equivalent transfer credit, AP or CLEP) must be completed with a C grade or better with the exception of  BIOL 2320  and BIOL 2325  which must be completed with a C+ grade or better within the past five years. AP Credit: AP scores of 3 or higher for a prerequisite course will be considered for admission into the program; however, this does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Please see the Surgical Technology program academic advisor with questions.
  • ENGL 1010 Intro to Writing (EN)  
  • MATH 0980 Algebra for College Success  or Placement into MATH 1010 Intermediate Algebra (QS)  or above per placement/ACT/SAT scores (scores valid for 1 year)
  • BIOL 2320 Human Anatomy  & BIOL 2325 Human Anatomy Lab   (If you are taking anatomy at SLCC, you must take BIOL 1610 College Biology I (LS)  & BIOL 1615 College Biology I Lab  first w/C grade or better.)
  • COMM 1010 Elements of Effective Communication (CM)  
  • MA 1100 Medical Terminology  
  • PSY 1100 Lifespan Human Growth and Development (SS)  or PSY 1210 Personal Growth & Development  
  • Applications for admission to the Surgical Technology program are accepted only during open submission periods. Please see the School of Health Sciences web page for application and current submission dates.
  • The Surgical Technology program uses a merit-based, competitive admission process. We accept one cohort of up to 18 students every Fall semester, and One cohort of 18 early enrollment high school students every Fall
  • See the Surgical Technology webpage for essential information regarding completion of application and additional requirements at Application submission does not guarantee admission to the program. Students should see the Surgical Technology academic advisor for further information.
  • HESI Pre-admission exam - A minimum score of 75% is required for consideration for admission to the program. However, this does not guarantee admission into the program. Please see the Surgical Technology program academic advisor with questions.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at time of entry in the clinical portion of the program to enter the operating room.


Once admitted into the program, students may be required to complete the following to receive a full offer toward matriculation.
1. Immunizations
2. Background Check
3. Drug Screening
4. American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR certification

*Please note: Additional conditions may need to be met depending on program, please see program website for details.

Please see for specific admissions information and processes.

Specialized Accreditation
Salt Lake Community College Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. (

25400 U.S. Highway 19, North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically and creatively
5 - Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
6 - Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
7 - Develop computer and information literacy

Prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Prepare surgical technology students to sit for the National Board Exam for Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assists.

3, 4

Prepare surgical technologists to scrub in the primary role in Endoscopy, General, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Otorhinolaryngology, Genitourinary Orthopedic, Oral and Maxillofacial, Plastic and Reconstructive, Ophthalmic, Peripheral Vascular, Cardiovascular and Neurological specialties.

2, 3, 4

Engage students in a clinical experience under the supervision of an experienced surgical technologist. Produce evidence of a minimum of 120 surgical cases. Show 30 cases in General Surgery. 20 of the cases must be in the First Scrub Role. Show 90 cases in various surgical specialties. 60 of the cases must be in the First Scrub Role and evenly distributed between a minimum of 5 surgical specialties. However, 15 is the maximum number of cases that can be counted in any one surgical specialty. Demonstrate progression in First and Second Scrubbing surgical procedures of increased complexity as he/she moves towards entry-level graduate abilities.

1, 2, 3, 4, 7

Develop effective communication skills including reading, writing, speaking and listening skills as necessary in the surgical setting.

1, 2, 4, 6

Develop critical thinking, reasoning, problem solving, anticipation, and prioritization skills in the surgical setting, in order to effectively create and organize the sterile field for efficiency, safety and conservation of financial resources.

4, 5

Develop a sense of civic engagement in order to work with others in a professional and constructive manor in the medical arena.

1, 5, 6

Prepare students to serve diverse patient populations with an ability to meet their individual needs; these populations include those of diverse ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, age, and sexual orientation.

1, 2, 5, 6

Develop a strong surgical conscience in students, placing the patient first always.

1, 2, 4, 5

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Quantitative Studies (QS) 1 course

  • MATH 0980   or above required or
  • Placement into MATH 1010  or above per placement/ACT/SAT scores (scores valid for 1 year)

Human Relations (HR)

Human relations training is embedded within the Surgical Technology curriculum. Human needs and interpersonal relationships are constant with each patient, surgical technologist, nurse, and physician relationship and are threaded throughout the Surgical Technology curriculum.

Advising Notes

A maximum of eighteen students are accepted to the program every Fall semester. Accepted students must take the SURG courses in the order outlined in the sample schedule. To remain in the program, students must complete the SURG courses with a C+ grade or better.


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