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2016-17 Academic Catalog 
2016-17 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surgical Technology - SURG.AS

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Surgical Technology students receive in-depth practical knowledge and substantive clinical education related to the operating room. The surgical technology educational program runs two years to obtain an associate’s degree. The program not only includes intensive hours in the classroom, but also extensive clinical experiences in health care facilities.

An appreciation of the person having surgery, knowledge of common conditions requiring surgery, and an understanding of 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 and operating rooms provide experiences to prepare for entry level positions in hospital operating rooms and free-standing surgical centers.

The proficient CST demonstrates a caring attitude towards the patient, other surgical team members and the patient-care environment. It is also necessary to understand normal anatomy and physiology, the pathological condition affecting the patient, the planned operative procedure, and consider any variations that may be necessary to accommodate specific patient needs. The surgical technology graduate receives in-depth education in the specialized processes and procedures that exist in surgery.

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 (Must meet Programmatic Technical Standards

Upon successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Science in Surgical Technology will be awarded.


Accreditation and Program Outcomes

This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP in conjunction with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA The Association of Surgical Technologists (AST is the only national organization that represents surgical technologists and surgical assistants. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the national certifying examination in Surgical Technology (CST) given by The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA

Surgical Technology Program Effectiveness Data

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate (3 year trend):  The number of graduates who pass the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) examination in Surgical Technology on their first attempt prior to graduation.  The ARC/STSA threshold is 70%.

  • 3 Year Trend
  • Class of 2015 - 90%; (100% within 3 months of graduation)
  • Class of 2014 - 100%
  • Class of 2013 - 100%

The Surgical Technology program at STCC exceeds the required threshold.





The Commission on Accreditation of Allied
  Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756









Accreditation Review Council on Education in
  Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: 303.694.9262
Fax: 303.741.3655


Association of Surgical Technologists
6 W Dry Creek Circle, Suite #200
Littleton, CO 80120-8031



The National Board of Surgical Technology and
  Surgical Assisting
6 W Dry Creek Circle, Suite #100
Littleton, CO 80120-8031



Program Goals

The graduates of the STCC Department of Surgical Technology will demonstrate competence to:

  • Perform the role of the entry-level Surgical Technologist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • Respond to the Perioperative needs of a diverse population ranging from infancy to senescence.
  • Respond to cultural values, economic status and disease patterns, which shape health care, needs and values.
  • Understand and value technological and scientific changes that will provide quality patient care.
  • Practice sound judgment to protect their health and safety and that of the public they serve consistent with evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills.
  • Utilize knowledge from a broad academic curriculum to pass the AST certification exam.
  • Apply principles of professional communication in a variety of demanding situations.
  • Utilize decision-making and problem solving skills in the application of Surgical Technology principles.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior consistent with legal requirements and ethical expectations consistent with the AST Code of Ethics.
  • Assume responsibility for professional accountability to assess the quality of their care using established standards of clinical practice.

Applying to this Program

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling admission,(applications will be accepted until the program is full).  It is encouraged that all materials be received in the Admissions office by early April as review begins in April.
  • Fall start only, day program
  • This is a competitive program. Student applications will be evaluated and scored based on the admission pre-requisites as noted below:

Admission Prerequisites:

  • Proof of High School transcript, GED or HISET
  • English
    • Completion of 4 years of high school English (grade of C or higher); OR
    • Placement examination score  at ENG-101  level: OR
    • Successful completion of DWT-099  or a college level English (grade of C or higher)
  • Math
    • Completion of high school Algebra 2 (grade of C or higher); OR
    • Placement examination score at MAT-101  ; OR
    • Successful completion of Algebra 2 MAT-097  
  • Biology
    • Completion of high school Biology (grade of C or ); OR
    • Completion of a college level Biology with a lab (grade of C or higher)
  • Mid-semester grades for applicable spring courses will be considered. Students requesting consideration for course work being performed outside of STCC must submit a mid-term grade report to the Admissions office along with their application.
  • Conditional acceptances will be given for applicants who have incomplete courses in the spring semester. The condition will state what final grade must be earned to gain full acceptance. Students not meeting stated conditions will not be granted admission to the program.
  • Effective Fall 2018 prerequisite courses must be current within 5 years from the fall of the year of admission
  • The following are examples of how to strengthen your application for admission
    • Anatomy & Physiology 1, (C or higher, within 5 years)
    • Anatomy & Physiology 2, (C or higher, within 5 years)
    • College-level Microbiology (C or higher within 5 years)
    • College-level English Composition 1 & 2

Applying for Re-Admission to this Program

Students who leave this health program before completing it may apply for re-admission.  Students reapplying to the program must resubmit an application, all supporting documents and essay with updated official transcripts. Click here  for information about the re-admission policy and process. 

Additional Requirements for Accepted Students

Deposit: If offered admission, a non-refundable $50.00 deposit will be required to secure your acceptance to this Program.

Mandatory Health Records:  All required health records, immunizations, and physicals MUST be filed in the STCC Health Services office by July 1 of the admission year. The Health Office is located in the Building 20 Suite, room 320 (third floor center) (413-755-4230). The college/program reserves the right to rescind the admission status of any student not meeting, as well as not submitting, all post-admission requirements in a timely manner. 

Background Check: Students enrolled in Health Professions Programs that involves  potentially unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly, or which includes a clinical affiliation, internship, or field placement with a private or public health care provider, will be required to undergo state-wide and/or national criminal background checks, including but not limited to  Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI), Seven (7) year residential Search, and FBI Fingerprinting checks. Depending on the results of the background checks, a student may be deemed ineligible to participate in such academic or clinical activities, which may impact a student’s ability to complete program requirements. Furthermore, please be advised that eligibility to participate in College academic and/or clinical activities following a background check does not guarantee your eligibility to sit for a professional credentialing examination(s) or employment upon graduation.  It is your responsibility to contact the certification or licensure board for your particular health care profession to determine  the standards that must be met for credentialing, licensing and/or employment  in that field.

Drug Screening Policy for Clinical Placement: The School of Health & Patient Simulation is committed to high quality education and providing excellent clinical experiences to students in the health professions. Students are expected to perform at their highest functional level during all educational and clinical experiences in order to maximize the learning environment and ensure patient safety. Thus a student’s performance at all times must be free of any impairment caused by prescription or non-prescribed drugs or alcohol use. Students enrolling in Health Professions programs are required to undergo and pass a drug and/or alcohol screening analysis in order to be eligible for placement in a clinical facility. Students assigned to clinical education experiences at our contracted facilities may also be required to undergo and pass random drug screening analysis in order to remain at that clinical facility and in the program.  Students who fail a screening, or refuse to submit to a screening within the designated time frame will be ineligible for clinical placement, which will affect their status in the program. Students with a positive drug test may challenge the results of the test within five (5) days of notification of the drug test results. This challenge must be in writing and delivered to the college’s Director of Health Services. Students may re-apply for re-entry into a health program after one year.  Requests for re-admission will be considered on a case by case basis.

Students who are notified of a “negative-dilute” result will submit to a random drug test within 24 hours of the previous test in order to confirm the negative status of the screening. Additional random testing may also be required under the guidelines listed in your program’s handbook. A student who claims that he/she tested positive due to a prescription drug and was unable to clarify this matter with the medical review officer (MRO) from the drug testing lab shall be required to provide evidence from a health care provider of the type of prescription, dates of permissible use and dosage amounts within five (5) days of notification of the drug test results to the college’s Director of Health Services. Failure to complete this notification will result in the student being ineligible for clinical placement, which will affect their status in the program.

Students who test positive for marijuana are unable to continue in a clinical placement, which will affect their status in the health program. A student who has a prescription for Medical Marijuana and tests positive for marijuana will also be ineligible to participate in clinical placement due to the federal restriction on the use of marijuana. While the use of Medical Marijuana is permitted in Massachusetts, marijuana remains classified as a controlled substance under federal law and its use, possession, and/or cultivation at educational institutions remains prohibited.

Programmatic Technical Standards: Technical Standards reflect performance abilities that are necessary for a student to successfully complete the requirements of a specified program. Students with disabilities must be able to meet the technical standards of the program with reasonable accommodations as defined by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA.)  See the link below. Program Technical Standard forms found in your admission acceptance packet must be submitted to the Office of Health Services by July 1. Health Services office is located in building 20,  room 320 (413 755-4230)

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Program Requirements and Advancement

  • Minimum Grade Requirements: To continue in the progression of courses offered in the Surgical Technology program, a student must obtain a grade of “C” (73%) or better in all courses. Students not meeting the minimum grade requirement of “C” (73%) will be withdrawn from the program.
  • All courses from each semester must be successfully completed prior to progressing to the next semester.
  • Graduates of this accredited program are eligible to take the only national certifying exam in Surgical Technology (CST) given by The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTA
  • Students are expected to adhere to a strict attendance policy for lecture, on-campus labs and clinical practicum.
  • Program Length and Hours: 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 laboratories in SUR-114L,, SUR-128L, and clinical times in  SUR-217 and SUR-229. Clinical time is scheduled to provide learning opportunities.
  • Programmatic Technical Standards: Students with disabilities must be able to meet the technical standards of the program with reasonable accommodations as defined by the ADA.”   Click on the link below for full policy information. (provide link)
  • Additional Expenses: Students will be expected to pay for the application fee, study guide and student membership to professional association, the total of these fees is approximately $247
  • Students are required to demonstrate professional behaviors that are outlined in each Surgical Technology course syllabus.

(SURG.AS) Curriculum

Total (SURG.AS) Curriculum Program Credits: 65

Department Personnel

Name Title Office Phone Email
Mary Jayne Rossman Associate Professor/Department Chair 20/344 413-755-4887


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