Monday, December 11, 2017: Blue Ridge Community College (all campuses) will open at 10 a.m. Students should report to the class/lab/clinic they would normally be in at 10 a.m.

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Surgical Technology: Associate in Applied Science Degree

The Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team.

Students will apply theoretical knowledge to the care of patients undergoing surgery and develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations.

The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; Phone: 727-210-2350; Fax: 727-210-2354; www.caahep.org by the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110, Littleton, CO 80120; Phone: 303-694-9262; Fax: 303-741-3655; www.arcstsa.org. Graduates will take the National Certification Examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) within thirty (30) days of completion. Employment opportunities include labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physician offices, and central supply processing units.

This curriculum complies with the standard approved by the State Board of Community Colleges. Special admission procedures apply to this program. 

Students may be required to take one or more developmental courses as a result of pre-enrollment placement tests; therefore, the student may need more than the minimum number of semester hours listed for graduation. Developmental courses for this program may include Learning Center Reading, English, and/or Math and other courses in developmental Reading, English, Math, Biology and Chemistry. 

Total Semester Credit Hours in Program: 67-71

Curriculum: 

Fall Semester

Success and Study Skills

Credit Hours: 

1.00
Basic Anatomy and Physiology

Credit Hours: 

5.00
Writing and Inquiry

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Intro to Surgical Tech

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Periop Patient Care

Credit Hours: 

7.00

Spring Semester

General Microbiology

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Surgical Procedures I

Credit Hours: 

6.00
SUR Clinical Practice I

Credit Hours: 

7.00

Summer Term

General Psychology

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Surgical Procedures II

Credit Hours: 

5.00
SUR Clinical Practice II

Credit Hours: 

4.00
Prof Success Prep

Credit Hours: 

1.00

Fall Semester

Introduction to Computers

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Prof Research and Reporting

Credit Hours: 

3.00

*SUR 212 (SUR Clinical Supplement) is required for students who have completed the Surgical Technology Diploma Program and wish to continue with advanced placement in the Surgical Technology Associate in Applied Science degree program. This course may be waived with documentation of having worked 500 hours or primarily scrubbed 125 surgical cases.

SUR Clinical Supplement

Credit Hours: 

4.00
Associate in Applied Science Humanities Electives

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Social/Behavioral Science Electives

Credit Hours: 

3.00

Spring Semester

Principles of Management

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Adv SUR Clinical Practice

Credit Hours: 

2.00
Adv Theoretical Concepts

Credit Hours: 

2.00