Feb 01, 2023  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Surgical Technology: CC (CTE)

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Certificate of Completion | 32 credits

Allied Health Division
Jordan Campus
Program Information (801) 957-6215
Program Website
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 6:30 am to 3:30 pm, 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 required to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Exam within one year as mandated by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in the Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

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.

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.
  4. 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.
  5. Complete Accuplacer exam, or submit current SAT/ACT test scores, if MATH and ENGL course work have not been transferred to SLCC. See: www.slcc.edu/testing.
  6. Program course prerequisites are as follows (Must be completed with a C or better except BIOL 2320/2325 which must be completed with a C+ or better within the past 5 years. BIOL 2320/2325 have a prerequisite of BIOL 1610/1615):

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.

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 academic advisor.

We will accept an AP score of 3 or higher for a prerequisite for admission into the program. However, this does not guarantee acceptance into the program.  Please see the Surgical Technology Program academic advisor.

Course Fees

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition per semester: www.slcc.edu/students-current/tuition-fees
Estimated Text books - $500.00
Estimated Course fees - $800.00

Estimated Time to Completion
Once admitted, the Surgical Technology program is taught in two consecutive semesters, fall and spring. This program requires full time attendance.

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 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
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) 3-5 Credits

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

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.

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.

AP Credit: We will accept an AP score of 3 or higher for a prerequisite for admission into the program. However, this does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Please see the Surgical Technology academic advisor.

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