Surgical Technology - Associate of Applied Science

Surgical Technology - Associate of Applied Science Degre

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

Location(s) Offered:  Houston Northwest and San Antonio

Designed Program Length:  80 Weeks

With surgical technologist training from CHCP, you will be prepared to take the certification exam to become a surgical technologist. As a surgical technologist, 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. Surgical technologist jobs are expected to grow 15% from 2014 and 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*.

Surgical technologists, also known as surgical technicians, 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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SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATE DEGREE COURSES

MODULE I   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
APST 101A Anatomy and Physiology A 48 0 0 48 3.0
STA 101 Law, Ethics and Professionalism 32 0 0 32 2.0
STA 103 Microbiology 48 0 0 48 3.0
CRT 100 Critical Thinking* 48 0 0 48 3.0
MODULE II   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
STA 100 Introduction to Surgical Technology 80 0 0 80 5.0
ENGL 101 English Composition* 48 0 0 48 3.0
STA 102 Technological Sciences 24 0 0 24 1.5
PSYT 102 Introduction to Psychology* 48 0 0 48 3.0
MODULE III   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
STA 104 Pharmacology 64 0 0 64 4.0
MTST 101A Medical Terminology A 8 0 0 8 0.5
POFM 102 College Mathematics* 48 0 0 48 3.0
MODULE IV   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
STA 200 Fundamentals of Aseptic Technique 80 96 0 176 8.5
MODULE V   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
STA 201 Surgical Procedures I 96 80 0 176 9.0
APST 101B Anatomy & Physiology B 48 0 0 48 3.0
MTST 101B Medical Terminology B 32 0 0 32 2.0
MODULE VI   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
STA 202 Surgical Procedures II 96 0 0 96 6.0
APST 101C Anatomy & Physiology C 48 0 0 48 3.0
MTST 101C Medical Terminology C 32 0 0 32 2.0
MODULE VII   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
STAC 301 Clinical I 0 0 192 192 4.0
STR 101A Professional Readiness A 32 0 0 32 2.0
MODULE VIII   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
STAC 301 Clinical I 0 0 192 192 4.0
STR 101A Professional Readiness A 32 0 0 32 2.0
MODULE IX   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
STAC 301 Clinical I 0 0 192 192 4.0
STR 101A Professional Readiness A 32 0 0 32 2.0
MODULE X   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
STAC 301 Clinical I 0 0 192 192 4.0
STR 101A Professional Readiness A 32 0 0 32 2.0
  Total Hours/Credits 1056 176 896 2128 91.5
This program is available in the following locations:

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

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
  • Perform appropriate counts
  • Gown and glove surgeon and assistants
  • Help in draping sterile field
  • Pass instruments, etc., to surgeon
  • Maintain highest standard of sterile technique
  • Prepare sterile dressings
  • Clean/prepare instruments for sterilization
  • Assist other members of the team
  • Assist in prepping the operating room for the next patient
  • Life skills

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