Surgical Technology, Associate in Applied Science
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:
- understand asepsis and sterile technique.
- explain sterilization, disinfection, and antisepsis.
- demonstrate knowledge of specialty surgical procedures.
- understand the use of surgical pharmacology and anesthesia.
- exhibit knowledge of equipment, supplies, and instrumentation.
- discuss patient care concepts.
- maintain a safe environment in the surgical technologist role.
- demonstrate the ability to perform routine tasks in the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative areas.
- communicate effectively in the healthcare environment.
- recognize the value of teamwork and function as a member of a team.
- exhibit a strong sense of ethical behavior and surgical conscience.
- respond calmly and effectively under pressure.
- exhibit self-direction and responsibility for actions.
Program of Study
|ENG 101||College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)||3|
|BIO 203||General Microbiology I||4|
|BIO 207||Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150LAP)||4|
|BIO 208||Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|XXX xxx||Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement||3|
|SOC 101||Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)||3|
|or PSY 200||General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)|
|XXX xxx||Humanities or Communications Elective||3|
|Physical Education Activity|
|Select 2 credit hours||2|
|ST 120||Principles of Surgical Technology||3|
|ST 122||Medical/Surgical Terminology||3|
|ST 124||Clinical Foundations||3|
|ST 126||Surgical Equipment and Technological Concepts||2|
|ST 128||Perioperative Case Management||3|
|ST 220||Procedures I||3|
|ST 230||Procedures II||3|
|ST 224||Clinical Practice I||6|
|ST 234||Clinical Practice II||6|
|ST 238||Professional Issues||2|
|ST 228||Clinical Seminar||1|
|ST 215||Surgical Pharmacology||2|
|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 Hours||63|
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 030||Elementary Algebra||3|
|BIO 111||Introductory Biology I (MOTR BIOL 100L)||4|
|Total Credit Hours||7|
|BIO 203||General Microbiology I||4||BIO 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 150LAP)||4||BIO 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 Technology||3||Current enrollment in the Surgical Technology Program or permission of the program director and Reading Proficiency.|
|ST 122||Medical/Surgical Terminology||3||Current enrollment in the Surgical Technology Program or permissions of program director.|
|ST 124||Clinical Foundations||3||ST 120, ST 122 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 Concepts||2||Current 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 Management||3||ST 120 and ST 122, both with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency.|
or PSY 200
| Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)|
or General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)
|3||Reading Proficiency.||May complete prior to or during the program|
|BIO 208||Anatomy and Physiology II||4||BIO 207 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.|
|ST 215||Surgical Pharmacology||2||Current enrollment in the Surgical Technology Program. ST 120 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.|
|Physical Education Electives||2||Suggested-- PE 220|
|ENG 101||College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)||3||ENG 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|
|ST 220||Procedures I||3||ST 124, ST 126, ST 128, ST 215, BIO 208, all with minimum grades of "C". Reading Proficiency.|
|ST 224||Clinical Practice I||6||Reading Proficiency.|
|ST 228||Clinical Seminar||1||Reading Proficiency.|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement||3||May complete prior to or during the program|
|ST 230||Procedures II||3||ST 220, ST 224 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency.|
|ST 234||Clinical Practice II||6||ST 228 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.|
|ST 238||Professional Issues||2||ST 220 and ST 224 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency.|
|Humanities or Communications Elective||3||May complete prior to or during the program|
|Total Credit Hours||63|
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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.
*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice. Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.