Surgical Technology AAS (A45740) - Cleveland Community College, Shelby, NC

Surgical Technology AAS (A45740)

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.

Graduates of this program will be eligible to apply to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Certification Examination for Surgical Technology. Employment opportunities include labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physicians’ offices, and central supply processing units.

The student is responsible for making sure requirements have been met and that all materials have been received by the Admissions Office before the program deadline. Students may take general/related courses before acceptance into the Surgical Technology program. Completion of these courses will help prepare but not guarantee admission into the program. All communication regarding admissions/selection status will be sent via CCC student email. Student email is the official and preferred form of communication at CCC.

Admission and Selection Criteria

Surgical Technology Program Application

Surgical Technology Program Advanced Application – Individuals entering this curriculum must be certified surgical technologists. 

List of Courses Needed for Surgical Technology Program Advanced

Admission to Surgical Technology is competitive among qualified applicants according to established criteria. There is a limited application period and exact admissions evaluation criteria are revised and updated annually.

Students not selected to the program may reapply for the next year. All applications for admission must be updated annually. If one has applied previously, he or she must initiate the process again.

CCC has established admissions and selection procedures to ensure students are admitted and selected in a consistent and equitable manner. The admissions and selection rubric is only intended to provide students with a checklist assisting in identifying program eligibility requirements, while outlining the admissions/selection process. This rubric is for student use only and does not serve as the official record. Completion of these requirements will not guarantee admission to the program.

Admissions criteria to be completed prior to program deadline. The deadline for applying to a Health Sciences program is January 25.

Health Sciences requirements:

  • TEAS Score of 55
  • Official high school transcript or equivalent
  • Official college transcripts, if transfer credit is desired
  • College or unweighted high school GPA of 2.0
  • Grade of P2 in ENG 002 & MAT 003

Post-Provisional Acceptance Requirements
The following items will be requested by the Program Coordinator for students provisionally accepted:

  • Immunizations
  • CPR Certification
  • Criminal Background check
  • 12-panel drug screen
  • Medical Exam
  • Program fees, and malpractice insurance paid
  • Uniforms

Graduates of this program will be eligible to apply to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting certification examination.

Program Goals and Outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of the Surgical Technology program, the graduate will be prepared to begin a successful career as a surgical technologist, often referred to as a Surgical Technologist in the Scrub Role (STSR) or an operating room tech. The goal of the Surgical Technology Program is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • All students must adhere to the Cleveland Community College Academic Bulletin & Student Handbook and the program handbook.
  • The Cleveland Community College Surgical Technology Program will meet or exceed Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-ST/SA) benchmark standards on student retention, CST exam results, employer satisfaction, graduate satisfaction, and graduate job placement.

The graduates that complete the program will be prepared to:

  • Work with nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists and other health professionals in providing both direct and indirect patient care while demonstrating positive work ethic, professionalism and appropriate interpersonal skills in the surgical setting.
  • Practice professional, value directed actions based on didactic and clinical knowledge, ethical principles, and legal standards as a member of the surgical team.
  • Organize surgical instrumentation, supplies and equipment in an efficient manner while utilizing principles of aseptic technique for physical preparations and maintenance of the surgical environment.
  • Demonstrate understanding of biomedical science and technology as it applies to the patient-focused events that occur in the operating room.
  • Promote lifelong learning that fosters the development of professional and personnel growth, critical thinking and leadership.
  • Sit for the National examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Accreditation Status

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits the Cleveland Community College Surgical Technology Program. Cleveland Community College Surgical Technology Program holds accreditation until November 2024 at which time it will re-apply for continued accreditation. All Consortium colleges are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges located at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033. The telephone number for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is 404-679-4501.

Surgeons - Surgical Technology - Perioperative Patient Care - Surgical Clinical Practice - Surgical Technology Diploma (D45740)

Program Requirements

Students are not allowed to enroll in the SUR courses until formally accepted into the program. Please see admission requirements.

Major Courses

Course Name Class Hours Lab Hours Clinic Hours Credits Semester Available
ACA-115 - Success and Study Skills 0 2 1 fall, spring, summer
BIO-169 - Anatomy and Physiology II 3 3 4 fall, spring, summer
BIO-275 - Microbiology 3 3 4 fall, spring, summer
BUS-137 - Principles of Management 3 0 3 fall, spring, summer
SUR-110 - Intro to Surg Tech 3 0 0 3 fall
SUR-111 - Periop Patient Care 5 6 0 7 fall
SUR-122 - Surgical Procedures I 5 3 0 6 spring
SUR-123 - SUR Clinical Practice I 0 0 21 7 spring
SUR-134 - Surgical Procedures II 5 0 0 5 summer
SUR-135 - SUR Clinical Practice II 0 0 12 4 summer
SUR-137 - Prof Success Prep 1 0 0 1 spring
SUR-210 - Adv SUR Clinical Practice 0 0 6 2 fall
SUR-211 - Adv Theoretical Concepts 2 0 2 spring
SUR-212 - SUR Clinical Supplement 0 0 12 4 fall

Total Major Hours: 53

General Education Courses

Communications:
Course Name Class Hours Lab Hours Credits Semester Available
ENG-111 - Writing and Inquiry 3 0 3 fall, spring, summer
ENG-112 - Writing/Research in the Disciplines 3 0 3 fall
or
ENG-114 - Prof Research & Reporting 3 0 3 fall, spring
Humanities/Fine Arts: Select One
Course Name Class Hours Lab Hours Credits Semester Available
HUM-110 - Technology and Society 3 0 3 fall, spring, summer
HUM-115 - Critical Thinking 3 0 3 fall, spring, summer
Social/Behavioral Science: Select One
Course Name Class Hours Lab Hours Credits Semester Available
PSY-150 - General Psychology 3 0 3 fall, spring, summer
SOC-210 - Introduction to Sociology 3 0 3 fall, spring, summer
Natural Sciences/Mathematics:
Course Name Class Hours Lab Hours Credits Semester Available
BIO-168 - Anatomy and Physiology I 3 3 4 fall, spring, summer

Total General Education Hours: 16

FIRST YEAR

Fall Semester
Course Name Class Hours Lab Hours Credits Semester Available
ACA-115 - Success and Study Skills 0 2 1 fall, spring, summer
BIO-168 - Anatomy and Physiology I 3 3 4 fall, spring, summer
ENG-111 - Writing and Inquiry 3 0 3 fall, spring, summer
SUR-110 - Intro to Surg Tech 3 0 3 fall
SUR-111 - Periop Patient Care 5 6 7 fall
Spring Semester
Course Name Class Hours Lab Hours Clinic Hours Credits Semester Available
BIO-169 - Anatomy and Physiology II 3 3 4 fall, spring, summer
SUR-122 - Surgical Procedures I 5 3 0 6 spring
SUR-123 - SUR Clinical Practice I 0 0 21 7 spring
Summer Term
Course Name Class Hours Lab Hours Clinic Hours Credits Semester Available
SUR-134 - Surgical Procedures II 5 0 0 5 summer
SUR-135 - SUR Clinical Practice II 0 0 12 4 summer

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester
Course Name Class Hours Lab Hours Clinic Hours Credits Semester Available
BIO-275 - Microbiology 3 3 4 fall, spring, summer
ENG-112 - Writing/Research in the Disciplines 3 0 3 fall
or
ENG-114 - Prof Research & Reporting 3 0 3 fall, spring
SUR-210 - Adv SUR Clinical Practice 0 0 6 2 fall
SUR-212 - SUR Clinical Supplement 0 0 12 4 fall
Social/Behavioral Sciences Course* 3
Spring Semester
Course Name Class Hours Lab Hours Credits Semester Available
BUS-137 - Principles of Management 3 0 3 fall, spring, summer
SUR-137 - Prof Success Prep 1 0 1 spring
SUR-211 - Adv Theoretical Concepts 2 0 2 spring
Humanities/Fine Arts Course* 3

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION: 69

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