Surgical Technology

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing care to patients in a variety of surgical settings. The individual works under the direction of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room is safe, that the equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. They are often referred to as operating room technicians.

What job duties do surgical technologists perform?

  • Prepare the operating room for surgery
    • Select and open sterile supplies
    • Check non-sterile equipment like sterilizers, lights, suction machines, electrosurgical units and diagnostic equipment
  • Ready the patient for surgery such as providing the patient emotional support, checking charts, observing vital signs, positioning patients, connecting and applying surgical equipment and preparing incision sites
  • Assist the surgeon during surgery by passing sterile supplies and instruments, holding instruments, and handling specimens
  • Count supplies, such as sponges and instruments
  • Maintain sterile environment
  • Assist after operation is complete by applying dressings to incision site and transferring patients

Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101
Student Success
BIO123
Principles of Human Structure
and Function (lab)
BIO125
Medical Terminology
SUR102
Principles of Surgery I
SUR102L
Principles of Surgery I Lab
SUR104
Surgical Pharmacology
BIO124
Human Diseases
BIO221
Principles of Microbiology (lab)
SUR100
Surgical Pathophysiology
SUR106
Principles of Surgery II
SUR106L
Principles of Surgery II Lab
ENG124
College Composition
MTH105
Math for Allied Health
SUR108C
Surgical Clinical Practicum I
SUR108
Surgical Clinical Practicum I
Seminar
PSY222
Psychological Aspects of Therapy
Sociology Elective
SUR200
Surgical Specialties I
SUR200L
Surgical Specialties I Lab
SUR201C
Surgical Clinical Practicum II
SUR201
Surgical Clinical Practicum II
Seminar
PHL122
Ethics
SUR202
Surgical Specialties II
SUR202L
Surgical Specialties II Lab
SUR203C
Surgical Clinical Practicum III
SUR203
Surgical Clinical Practicum III
Seminar
SUR204
Surgical Specialties Capstone

TOTAL CREDITS 63

  • Associate of applied science in surgical technology
  • Hospital operating rooms
  • Outpatient surgery centers
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Surgical technologists are on their feet most of the day.  They may need to help move patients or lift heavy trays of medical supplies.  There may be exposure to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights or odors.
  • Most work full-time and are on call during nights, weekends, and holidays. Surgical technologists may work longer than eight hour shifts.