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Surgical Technology - Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

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Surgical Technologist

Do you have a desire to help people and enjoy the challenge of a fast-paced, exciting career?

The Surgical Technology program is offered in Houston Northwest and San Antonio.

With surgical technologist training from CHCP, you can assist surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses with various surgical procedures. The College of Health Care Professions takes an extremely hands-on approach to teaching, offering lectures, labs, and clinical practice to students so that their surgical technologist training is anything but boring.  A 19% growth is expected from 2010 and 2020, as the population grows and ages, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*.

Surgical Technologists are vital members of operating room teams. Before operations, they are in charge of assembling equipment, preparing and monitoring patients, and transporting patients. During surgery, technologists assist surgeons through the sterilization of equipment, cutting sutures, holding and passing tools, and operating vital equipment, among numerous other responsibilities. Surgical technologists enjoy a clean, cool, well-lit environment, but must become accustomed to standing for long periods of time.  There are many career path advancement opportunities available for proficient surgical technologists.

 *May not reflect local or regional job market

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Great Job Opportunities for Surgical Technologists

  • Hospitals
  • Surgical Centers
  • Materials Management/Central Service
  • Private Employment by Physicians
  • Sales Rep for surgical instruments and supplies
  • Surgical Specialties can include:
  • General/ENT/Urology
  • OB-GYN/CV/Neuro
  • Orthopedic/Laser
  • Plastic/Reconstructive
     
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Surgical Technology Skills You Will Learn

  • Check supplies/equipment needed for surgery
  • Scrubs, gowns, and gloves
  • Set up sterile table with instruments, supplies, equipment, and medications/solutions needed for procedure
  • Performs appropriate counts
  • Gowns and gloves surgeon and assistants
  • Helps in draping sterile field
  • Passes instruments, etc., to surgeon
  • Maintains highest standard of sterile technique
  • Prepares sterile dressings
  • Cleans/prepares instruments for sterilization
  • Assists other members of the team
  • Assists in prepping the operating room for the next patient
  • Life Skills
     

Surgical Technologist Courses

    Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Clinical
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
MODULE 1            
APST 101A Anatomy and Physiology A 48     48 3.0
STA 101 Law, Ethics and Professionalism 32     32 2.0
STA 103 Microbiology 48     48 3.0
CRT 100 Critical Thinking* 48     48 3.0
  Total Module I 176     176 11.0

MODULE II            
STA 100 Introduction to Surgical Technology 80     80 5.0
ENGL 101 English Composition* 48     48 3.0
STA 102 Technological Sciences 24     24 1.5
PSYT 102 Introduction to Psychology* 48     48 3.0
  Total Module II 200     200 12.5

MODULE III            
STA 104 Pharmacology 64     64 4.0
MTST 101A Medical Terminology A 8     8 .5
POFM 102 College Mathematics* 48     48 3.0
  Total Module III 120     120 7.5

MODULE IV            
STA 200 Fundamentals of Aseptic Technique 80 96   176 8.5
  Total Module IV 80 96   176 8.5

MODULE V            
STA 201 Surgical Procedures I 96 80   176 9.0
APST 101B Anatomy & Physiology B 48     48 3.0
MTST 101B Medical Terminology B 32     32 2.0
  Total Module V 176 80   256 14.0

MODULE VI            
STA 202 Surgical Procedures II 96     96 6.0
APST 101C Anatomy & Physiology C 48     48 3.0
MTST 101C Medical Terminology C 32     32 2.0
  Total Module VI 176     176 11.0

MODULE VII            
STAC 301 Clinical I     192 192 4.0
STR 101A Professional Readiness A 32     32 2.0
  Total Module VII 32   192 224 6.0

MODULE VIII            
STAC 302 Clinical II     192 192 4.0
STR 101B Professional Readiness B 32     32 2.0
  Total Module VIII 32   192 224 6.0

MODULE IX            
STAC 303 Clinical III     256 256 5.5
STR 101C Professional Readiness C 32     32 2.0
  Total Module IX 32   256 288 7.5

MODULE X            
STAC 304 Clinical IV     256 256 5.5
STR 101D Professional Readiness D 32     32 2.0
  Total Module X 32   256 288 7.5

  Totals Hours/Credits 1056 176 896 2128 91.5