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2015-2016 SLCC General Catalog 
2015-2016 SLCC General Catalog [**** ATTENTION: YOU ARE VIEWING AN ARCHIVED CATALOG **** ]

Surgical Technology: CC (CTE)

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Certificate of Completion l 39 credits

Allied Health Division
Jordan Campus, JCHSC 059A
Program Information, (801) 957-6215

Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advising, Jordan Campus, JHS 047, (801) 957- 6407
Health Science Admissions, JHS 065, (801) 957-6253

Program Faculty:
Program Director - Gregory Maughan
Assistant Professor Gregory Maughan, Instructor Jana Mitchell

Program Description: The Surgical Technology program prepares individuals to work primarily in the operating room. Students will be placed in clinical facilities, a different one each semester. These clinical placements are made at the discretion of the program director and the clinical coordinator. Clinical is in the second semester from about 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the clinical sites and may be required to take public transportation. Upon completion of the program, the surgical technology student receives a certificate of completion and are required to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Exam within one year as mandated ARC/STSA (Accreditation Review Council on Education in the Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

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 and also is 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.

This is a service learning program requiring students to perform twelve hours of guided community service.

Program Entry Requirements:


  1. Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student. See www.slcc.edu/students-future/admissions
  2. High School Graduate or equivalent.
  3. For transfer credit, submit OFFICIAL, SEALED transcripts for ALL colleges and universities where prerequisite course work 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

  1. Also, a request to have an OFFICIAL evaluation of student’s transcript must be submitted to the SLCC Transfer Evaluation Office. The form is located at : http://www.slcc.edu/transcriptevaluation/. This process may take 4-6 weeks and must be completed before a student’s application will be considered
  2. Complete Accuplacer 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 RDG/WRTG courses as prerequisites). See: www.slcc.edu/testing
  3. Program course prerequisites are as follows (Must be completed with a C or better except BIOL 2320 /BIOL 2325  which must be completed with a C+ or better within the past 5 years):

NOTE: All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to submitting application for the Surgical Technology program.

See the Surgical Technology webpage for essential information regarding completion of program application and additional application requirements at www.slcc.edu/surgicaltech Completion of the prerequisites allows students to apply to the program. Application submission does not guarantee admission to the program. Students should see a Health Sciences advisor.

Course Fees: www.slcc.edu/surgicaltech

Estimated Cost for Students: Tuition per semester: www.slcc.edu/students-current/tuition-fees

Specialized Accreditation:
The Salt Lake Community College Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756

Program Objectives: Please see the SLCC Surgical Technology website for program assessment outcomes: www.slcc.edu/surgicaltech

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
1. Prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
2. Prepare surgical technology students to sit for the National Board Exam for Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assists. 3,4
3. 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
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
5. Develop effective communication skills including reading, writing, speaking and listening skills as necessary in the surgical setting. 1,2,4,6
6. Develop 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
7. 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
8. 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
9. Develop a strong surgical conscience in students, placing the patient first always. 1,2,4,5

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Quantitative Studies (QS) 4 Credits

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

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.

Sample Schedule

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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