Surgical Technology, Associate in Applied Science

Forest Park

The Surgical Technology Associate in Applied Science program prepares students for entry level positions as surgical technologists through classroom instruction, laboratory skill practice, and clinical experience. 

Students will gain theoretical knowledge of the surgical environment and develop skills necessary to prepare supplies and equipment, to maintain aseptic conditions, and to assist surgeons and the surgical team by passing instrumentation during operations.

Persons interested in this program should possess a stable temperament, manual dexterity, physical stamina, and the ability to integrate and prioritize a variety of activities.

Students are required to complete a health history, immunization record, physical exam and a drug and criminal background check prior to attending hospital clinical education.

Employment opportunities include hospital surgical departments, outpatient surgery centers, organ procurement centers and central supply processing units.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Council on Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA).  

Graduates of this program are qualified to take the National Board Exam offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to become a certified surgical technologist (CST).  

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. understand asepsis and sterile technique.
  2. explain sterilization, disinfection, and antisepsis.
  3. demonstrate knowledge of specialty surgical procedures.
  4. understand the use of surgical pharmacology and anesthesia.
  5. exhibit knowledge of equipment, supplies, and instrumentation.
  6. discuss patient care concepts.
  7. maintain a safe environment in the surgical technologist role.
  8. demonstrate the ability to perform routine tasks in the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative areas.
  9. communicate effectively in the healthcare environment.
  10. recognize the value of teamwork and function as a member of a team.
  11. exhibit a strong sense of ethical behavior and surgical conscience.
  12. respond calmly and effectively under pressure.
  13. exhibit self-direction and responsibility for actions.

Program of Study

ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
BIO 203General Microbiology I4
BIO 207Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 208Anatomy and Physiology II4
XXX xxxMissouri State Requirement3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)3
or PSY 200 General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)
XXX xxxHumanities or Communications Elective3
Physical Education Activity
Select 2 credit hours2
Program Requirements
ST 120Principles of Surgical Technology3
ST 122Medical/Surgical Terminology3
ST 124Clinical Foundations3
ST 126Surgical Equipment and Technological Concepts2
ST 128Perioperative Case Management3
ST 220Procedures I3
ST 230Procedures II3
ST 224Clinical Practice I6
ST 234Clinical Practice II6
ST 238Professional Issues2
ST 228Clinical Seminar1
ST 215Surgical Pharmacology2
Prerequisites:
The following courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better prior to applying for admission into the program.
Elementary Algebra 1
or Two semesters of high school algebra
Introductory Biology I (MOTR BIOL 100L) 1
or One year of high school biology and chemistry with labs
Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
Total Credit Hours63

1 Math and Science courses must be completed within five calendar years of entering the program or by permission of program director.

Program Prerequisites (to be completed with a grade of "C" or better prior to applying to the program) 

MTH 030Elementary Algebra3
BIO 111Introductory Biology I (MOTR BIOL 100L)4
Total Credit Hours7
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 203 General Microbiology I4BIO 111 with grade of "C" or better; or one year of high school biology and chemistry (with labs) within previous five years of registration date; or permission of the department chairperson of Biology and Reading Proficiency.5 year limit for science requirement may be waived in some situations; Contact program coordinator
BIO 207 Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150L)4BIO 111 with grade of "C" or better; or one year of high school biology and chemistry (with labs) within previous five years of registration date; or permission of the department chairperson of Biology and Reading Proficiency.5 year limit for science requirement may be waived in some situations; Contact program coordinator
ST 120 Principles of Surgical Technology3Current enrollment in the Surgical Technology Program or permission of the program director and Reading Proficiency.
ST 122 Medical/Surgical Terminology3Current enrollment in the Surgical Technology Program or permissions of program director.
Credit Hours14
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ST 124 Clinical Foundations3ST 120, ST 128 with minimum grades of "C". BIO 207 with a minimum grade of "C" or permission of program director. Reading Proficiency.
ST 126 Surgical Equipment and Technological Concepts2Current enrollment in the Surgical Technology Program, ST 120, ST 122 and BIO 203 all with minimum grades of "C", and Reading Proficiency.
ST 128 Perioperative Case Management3ST 120 and ST 122, both with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)
or General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)
3Reading Proficiency.May complete prior to or during the program
BIO 208 Anatomy and Physiology II4BIO 207 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours15
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ST 215 Surgical Pharmacology2Current enrollment in the Surgical Technology Program. ST 120 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
Physical Education Electives2 Suggested-- PE 220
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 030.May complete prior to or during the program
Credit Hours7
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ST 220 Procedures I3ST 124, ST 126, ST 128, ST 215, BIO 208, all with minimum grades of "C". Reading Proficiency.
ST 224 Clinical Practice I6Reading Proficiency.
ST 228 Clinical Seminar1Reading Proficiency.
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective Designated as Civics3 May complete prior to or during the program
Credit Hours13
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ST 230 Procedures II3ST 220, ST 224 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
ST 234 Clinical Practice II6ST 228 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
ST 238 Professional Issues2ST 220 and ST 224 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
Humanities or Communications Elective3 May complete prior to or during the program
Credit Hours14
Total Credit Hours63

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