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 activites.

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).  

Program of Study

ENG 101College Composition I3
BIO 203General Microbiology I4
BIO 207Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 208Anatomy and Physiology II4
XXX xxxMissouri State Requirement3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3
or PSY 200 General Psychology
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
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 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.