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Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree

Location(s): In Person

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Program Overview

Major ID: 370A

Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring
This training is a cohort model. The courses are offered as day start. Some courses are 8 hours each class, please consult with an academic advisor for more details.

The Surgical Technologist is a critical member of the patient care team during surgery. They are responsible for a wide variety of duties, including preparing and maintaining the sterile field and all instruments and supplies used during surgery. Surgical Technologists responsibilities include anticipating the next steps during the surgical procedure and assisting if needed. The Surgical Technology AAS degree is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and professionalism in order to participate safely, and effectively in the perioperative environment.

Career Opportunities

Most Surgical Technologists work in a wide variety of hospital settings; from community hospitals to trauma centers, as well as standalone day surgery outpatient facilities. Employment of Surgical Technologists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The immediate need for Surgical technologists is vast, with a multitude of opportunities for properly trained Surgical Technologists.

Program Outcomes

  1. To prepare competent entry level Surgical Technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psycho-motor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  2. Communicate effectively and professionally with all members of a diverse sterile processing and surgical team.
  3. Apply logical and critical thinking skills as it relates to Surgical Technology job duties.
  4. Demonstrate safe handling of surgical instrumentation, equipment and supplies used in surgical patient care.
  5. Identify surgical instrumentation, supplies, and equipment used in surgical patient care.
  6. Use appropriate medical terminology related to the role of Surgical Technology.
  7. Apply computer skills required in Surgical Technology.
  8. Describe the cycle of sterilization as it relates to the Surgical Technologists role.
  9. Demonstrate proficiency in establishing and maintaining the sterile field using aseptic technique.
  10. Identify appropriate contraindications and usage of drugs as it relates to the role of the Surgical Technologist.

Program Faculty

Viki Viertel

Prerequisites/Admission Guidelines:

  1. Successful completion of the Sterile Processing Certificate with a minimum cumulative 2.85 GPA and a grade of C or better in all Sterile Processing courses. See Sterile Processing Program Requirement Guide for admissions requirements.
  2. Must complete vaccination requirements directed by faculty at required program orientation session.
  3. Mandatory attendance for all first classes in each course of the program. Non compliance will result in being dropped from class.
  4. Complete Basic Life Support for Healthcare provider (BLS) CPR prior to starting SURG 24XX courses.
  5. Must pass MN Department of Health and Human Services Background study.

Transfer Opportunities

Saint Paul College has transfer agreements & partnerships between many post-secondary institutions. For more information please go to saintpaul.edu/Transfer.

Program Requirements

All SURG courses must be completed with a “C” or better and the required GPA met of 2.85 to enter the Surgical Technology program.

Subtotal: 41 Credits

General Education/MnTC Requirements

Refer to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Course List  for each Goal Area

General Education Requirements: 19 Credits

Course Sequence

The following course sequence is recommended, with the exception of SURG core courses in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th semester, these courses must be taken concurrently per semester. Not all courses are offered each semester; a selection of courses is offered summer term. Students should consult with an academic advisor each semester.

Total Semester Credits: 8

Total Semester Credits: 12

Total Semester Credits: 10

Total Semester Credits: 14

Total Semester Credits: 16

Total Program Credits: 60

Program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Information is subject to change. This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements: 

Reading: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0722  or READ 0724  or EAPP 0900  

Writing: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in ENGL 0922  or EAPP 0900  

Arithmetic: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in MATH 0745  

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

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