Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology

  • Hands-on Experience
  • Individual Attention
  • Clinical experience
  • Close work with surgeons and nurses

The Surgical Technology Program offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology in cooperation with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The degree program prepares the student to be a practitioner with a broad knowledge base from which to draw and apply to the diverse, ever changing and advancing field of Surgical Technology. National certification is available to graduates through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Students are eligible for student membership in the Association of Surgical Technologist's Organization.

Surgical Technologists are crucial members of the surgical team, working closely with surgeons, registered nurses, and anesthesiologists to provide the best possible care for the patient undergoing a surgical intervention. The primary role of the "Scrub Tech" is to prepare a sterile field and pass instruments to the surgeon during the surgical procedure. A Surgical Technologist should possess a stable temperament, manual dexterity, physical stamina, and the ability to integrate and prioritize a variety of activities. Lecture and laboratory experiences are offered at the college and experience in a hospital setting is provided. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical sites.

The curriculum leading to the A.A.S. degree is comprised of 67 credits distributed over four (4) semesters for the day time program. The program consists of a balance of liberal arts and surgical technology courses. The Surgical Technologist's professional role and concepts relating to patient need, surgical conditions, asepsis, surgical routines, human behavior, communication, and caring provide the framework for the curriculum. As the student progresses through the curriculum, classroom theory is applied to clinical practice in the operating room setting. A mix of laboratory practice and hospital operating room experiences during the first year, introduces the student to the operating room environment. The second year emphasizes clinical experience in a broad range of surgical specialties and operating room settings to prepare the student for future practice as a surgical technologist.

Surgical Technology Program Mission:

The Surgical Technology Program at Trocaire College enables students to gain access to professions in the Health Sciences.  These professions are mostly, but not limited to the field of Surgical Technology.  The Surgical Technology Program also maintains a commitment to community needs and value-based education.

Accreditation

Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting ARC/STSA
6 West Dry Creek Circle Suite 110 Littleton, CO 80120 Phone: 1 (303) 694-9262 Fax: 1 (303) 741-3655

Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs CAAHEP
1361 Park Street Clearwater, Florida 33756 Phone: 1 (727) 210-2350 Fax: 1 (727) 210-2354

National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting NBSTSA
6 West Dry Creek Circle Suite 100 Littleton, CO 80120 Phone: 1 (800) 707-0057 Fax: 1 (303) 325-2536

Program HighlightsProgram Highlights

Admission Requirements:

  1. High School Diploma (minimum 85% average) or GED Diploma with a minimum score of 2750
  2. Math I, Math II, Biology and Physics
  3. 2.5 semester average with minimum grades of "C" in laboratory sciences for current and transfer students
  4. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate is required for clinical experiences
  5. Students applying for programs in the health professions are required to participate in two stages of academic preparedness. Initial admittance to a health science program places a student into a "pre-professional" component. Admittance into the "professional" component is not guaranteed. Students must meet established academic standards. Students should speak with an admissions counselor or Program Director prior to registration to insure they understand all of the academic requirements for advancement in the program of their choice.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

  1. A total of at least 67 semester hours with a Quality Point Average of 2.0
  2. Core Curriculum Requirements:
    College Seminar (GS100) or College Success (GS102)
    Humanities (EN101, EN102)
    Mathematics (one, 3 credit mathematics course)
    Natural Science* (BIO130/130L, BIO131/131L, BIO223/223L)
    Philosophy (PH103, PH205)
    Social Science (PSY101, and one, 3 credit social science elective)
    Elective (one, 3 credit hour elective)
  3. Program Requirements:*
    ST101, ST102, ST103, ST104, ST105, ST106, ST201, ST202, ST203, ST204

*A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) is required

 

    CurriculumCurriculum

    Semester 1

    17.0 / 19.0 Credits
    BIO130 or BIO130L Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab 4
    EN101 or EN200 English Composition or Advanced Composition 3
    GS100 or GS102 College Seminar or College Success 1 / 3
    ST100 Medical Terminology for the Surgical Technologist 1
    ST101 Introduction to Surgical Technology 4
    ST102 Concepts of Surgical Patient Care 2
    ST103 Clinical Education I 2

    Semester 2

    18.0 Credits
    BIO131 or BIO131L Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab 4
    EN102 Introduction to Literature 3
    PSY101 General Psychology 3
    ST104 Fundamentals of Surgical Technology 4
    ST105 Surgical Pharmacology 2
    ST106 Clinical Education II 2

    Semester 3

    17.0 / 18.0 Credits
    BIO223 or BIO223L Microbiology/Microbiology Lab 4
    Mathematics Elective 3 / 4
    PH103 Introduction to Philosophy 3
    ST201 Advanced Surgical Technology 5
    ST202 Clinical Education III 2

    Semester 4

    16.0 Credits
    Free Elective 3
    PH205 Ethics in Health Care 3
    Social Science Elective 3
    ST203 Specialized Surgical Technology 5
    ST204 Clinical Education IV 2

    Contact

    Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
    Hegis Code Number 5211

    Program Director: Linda Kerwin
    (716)-827-2454
    Room 333

    The evening Surgical Technology Program offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology in cooperation with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The degree program prepares the student to be a practitioner with a broad knowledge base from which to draw and apply to the diverse, ever changing and advancing field of Surgical Technology. National certification is available to graduates through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Students are eligible for student membership in the Association of Surgical Technologist's Organization.

    Surgical Technologists are crucial members of the surgical team, working closely with surgeons, registered nurses, and anesthesiologists to provide the best possible care for the patient undergoing a surgical intervention. The primary role of the "Scrub Tech" is to prepare a sterile field and pass instruments to the surgeon during the surgical procedure. A Surgical Technologist should possess a stable temperament, manual dexterity, physical stamina, and the ability to integrate and prioritize a variety of activities. Lecture and laboratory experiences are offered at the college and experience in a hospital setting is provided. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical sites.

    The curriculum leading to the A.A.S. degree is comprised of 67 credits distributed over six (6) semesters (including two summer sessions) for the evening program. The program consists of a balance of liberal arts and surgical technology courses. The Surgical Technologist's professional role and concepts relating to patient need, surgical conditions, asepsis, surgical routines, human behavior, communication, and caring provide the framework for the curriculum. As the student progresses through the curriculum, classroom theory is applied to clinical practice in the operating room setting. A mix of laboratory practice and hospital operating room experiences during the first year, introduces the student to the operating room environment. The second year emphasizes clinical experience in a broad range of surgical specialties and operating room settings to prepare the student for future practice as a surgical technologist.

    Surgical Technology Program Mission:

    The Surgical Technology Program at Trocaire College enables students to gain access to professions in the Health Sciences.  These professions are mostly, but not limited to the field of Surgical Technology.  The Surgical Technology Program also maintains a commitment to community needs and value-based education.

    Accreditation

    Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting ARC/STSA
    6 West Dry Creek Circle Suite 110 Littleton, CO 80120 Phone: 1 (303) 694-9262 Fax: 1 (303) 741-3655

    Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs CAAHEP
    1361 Park Street Clearwater, Florida 33756 Phone: 1 (727) 210-2350 Fax: 1 (727) 210-2354

    National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting NBSTSA
    6 West Dry Creek Circle Suite 100 Littleton, CO 80120 Phone: 1 (800) 707-0057 Fax: 1 (303) 325-2536

    Program HighlightsProgram Highlights

    Admission Requirements:

    1. High School Diploma (minimum 85% average) or GED Diploma with a minimum score of 2750
    2. Math I, Math II, Biology and Physics
    3. 2.5 semester average with minimum grades of "C" in laboratory sciences for current and transfer students
    4. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate is required for clinical experiences
    5. Students applying for programs in the health professions are required to participate in two stages of academic preparedness. Initial admittance to a health science program places a student into a "pre-professional" component. Admittance into the "professional" component is not guaranteed. Students must meet established academic standards. Students should speak with an admissions counselor or Program Director prior to registration to insure they understand all of the academic requirements for advancement in the program of their choice.

    Minimum Degree Requirements:

    1. A total of at least 67 semester hours with a Quality Point Average of 2.0
    2. Core Curriculum Requirements:
      College Seminar (GS100) or College Success (GS102)
      Humanities (EN101, EN102)
      Mathematics (one, 3 credit mathematics course)
      Natural Science* (BIO130/130L, BIO131/131L, BIO223/223L)
      Philosophy (PH103, PH205)
      Social Science (PSY101, and one, 3 credit social science elective)
      Elective (one, 3 credit hour elective)
    3. Program Requirements:*
      ST101, ST102, ST103, ST104, ST105, ST106, ST201, ST202, ST203, ST204

    *A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) is required

    CurriculumCurriculum

    Semester 1

    14.0 / 16.0 Credits
    BIO130/130L Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab 4
    GS100 or GS102 College Seminar or College Success 1 / 3
    ST100 Medical Terminology for the Surgical Technologist 1
    ST101 Introduction to Surgical Technology 4
    ST102 Concepts of Surgical Patient Care 2
    ST103 Clinical Education I 2

    Semester 2

    12.0 Credits
    BIO131/131L Anatomy & Physiology II/Lab 4
    ST104 Fundamentals of Surgical Technology 4
    ST105 Surgical Pharmacology 2
    ST106 Clinical Education II 2

    Semester 3

    6.0 / 7.0 Credits
    EN101 or EN200 English Composition or Advanced Composition 3
    Mathematics Elective 3 / 4

    Semester 4

    13.0 Credits
    EN102 Introduction to Literature 3
    PSY101 General Psychology 3
    ST201 Advanced Surgical Technology 5
    ST202 Clinical Education III 2

    Semester 5

    14.0 Credits
    BIO223/223L Microbiology/Lab 4
    PH103 Introduction to Philosophy 3
    ST203 Specialized Surgical Technology 5
    ST204 Clinical Education IV 2

    Semester 6

    9.0 Credits
    Free Elective 3
    PH205 Ethics in Health Care 3
    Social Science Elective 3

    Contact

    Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
    Hegis Code Number 5211
    Program Director:
    Linda Kerwin
    716-827-2454
    Room 333