Jul 20, 2024  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 

Surgical Technology: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 64 credits

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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 Technologists.

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
Please see the Surgical Technology program advisor. Call 801-957-6215 for an appointment.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
Course fees: $375
Supplies: $95 (Clinical notebooks, Lab PPE, Passport photo and Identification)
Other: $615 (Compli compliance, criminal background check, drug screen, CPR and immunizations)

Note: Fees vary based upon specific registration and are subject to changes.

Program Entry Requirements

  • Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student. See http://www.slcc.edu/apply/index.aspx
  • High School Graduate or equivalent.
  • For transfer credit, complete all the required steps in the SLCC Transfer Evaluation process: http://www.slcc.edu/transcriptevaluation/. Be sure to submit transcripts for ALL colleges and universities where prerequisite coursework has been completed. This process may take 6-8 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: www.slcc.edu/testing.


This program is selective admission and has additional requirements to be accepted into the degree program. Specific requirements and process can be found here: http://www.slcc.edu/surgicaltech/admissions.aspx. Please contact the Health Sciences Admissions Office, healthsciencesadmissions@slcc.edu or 801-957-6253, for additional information.

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

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


Complete all General Education courses. Refer to Notes for program specific requirements and recommendations.


Program General Education Notes


Quantitative Studies (QS): MATH 1010 or
                                              any Quantitative Literacy (QL)  course

Communication (CM): COMM 1010  or
COMM 2110

Human Relations (HR): HS 2050

Social Science (SS): PSY 1010  or
PSY 1100  or
FHS 1500

Program Requirements

Time to Completion & Graduation Map

  • Surgical Technology AAS: Full-time  
  • Time to completion is 5 semesters, including pre-requisites, based on a full-time minimum of 12 credits per semester. Less than 15 credits per semester will increase time to completion.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • Demonstrate competent entry-level surgical technology skills in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]
  • Comprehend material needed to sit for the National Board Exam for Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assists. [3,4]
  • Demonstrate the ability to scrub in the primary role in Diagnostics, General, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Otorhinolaryngology, Genitourinary Orthopedic, Oral and Maxillofacial, Plastic and Reconstructive, Ophthalmic, Peripheral Vascular, Cardiovascular and Neurological specialties. [2,3,4]
  • Produce evidence of a minimum of 120 surgical cases in a clinical experience under the supervision of an experienced surgical technologist. 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. Demonstrate progression in First and Second Scrubbing surgical procedures of increased complexity as the student moves towards entry-level graduate abilities. [1,2,3,4,8]
  • Employ effective communication skills including reading, writing, speaking and listening skills as necessary in the surgical setting. [1,2,4,5,7]
  • Demonstrate 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. [4,6]
  • Build a sense of civic engagement in order to work with others in a professional and constructive manor in the medical arena. [1,6,7]
  • Develop an understanding of the ability to meet the individual needs of diverse patient populations including ethnicity, religion, disability, medical history or condition, gender, age and sexual orientation. [1,2,6,7]
  • Develop a strong surgical conscience in students, placing the patient first always. [1,2,4,5,6]

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