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Surgical Technology 

The NCCC Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA). This allows NCCC Surgical Technology graduates to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certification Exam:

CAAHEP contact information:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

1361 Park Street

Clearwater, FL 33756

Phone: 727-210-2350; Fax: 727-210-2354

NCCC Surgical Technology and SynDaver Simulated Human (SSH) 
Surgical technology instructors along with a practicing surgeon are able to use the SSH in our state of the art simulated operating room, to mimic real surgical cases in a step by step fashion, to greatly enhance student learning.  This allows students to completely prepare for and assist with surgeries as they would realistically progress, prior to entering the clinical site operating rooms.  Rather than seeing the anatomy and surgical methods used in this case on our SSH, this video allows students to see the functions of a surgical technologist providing perioperative patient care and surgeon assistance.  All members of the surgical team on this video are Certified Surgical Technologists except for the surgeon (in the "stars" cap).  The scenario is true to the surgical experience in a real operating room, on a real patient.  

Check out a video of the SSH being used here.

The Surgical Technology program trains individuals to become entry level surgical technologists. Surgical technologists prepare for and assist in surgical operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. Surgical technologists are critical members of operating room teams. This program prepares the student for national certification testing.

Employment in surgical technology is expected to grow as the volume of surgeries increase and technology advances require expert assistance during those surgical procedures. Hospitals continue to be the primary employer of surgical technologists, although other career options include physicians’ office assistant, obstetrical unit technician, and outpatient care centers, including ambulatory surgical centers, sterile supply management and/or technician, surgical supply representatives, and surgical technology education instruction.

The US Department of Labor 2010 reports median pay at $39,920 per year and $19.19 per hour with an expected 19% growth in job outlook in the future.

Prerequisites: The student will need to demonstrate proficiencies in reading, English, and mathematics based on the COMPASS assessment test, ACT or SAT scores, or by taking the recommended/ required classes.  Some of the courses in this curriculum have specific prerequisites as indicated.

Program Outcomes: The goal of the surgical technology program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as a surgical technologist and become contributing members of the health care team.  This will be accomplished by preparing competent graduates in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains:

Cognitive Domain:
The Graduate will:
1. Correlate the knowledge of surgical procedures, anatomy and physiology, microbiology to their role as a surgical technologist and recognize their relationship to safe patient care.
2. Understand the principles of safe patient care in the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative settings.

Psychomotor Domain:
The Graduate will:

3. Develop and apply fundamental surgical assisting skills through practice and evaluation in the laboratory and clinical settings.
4. Accurately apply the principles of asepsis across the spectrum of common surgical experiences.

Affective Domain:
The Graduate will:

5. Recognize the variety of patients’ needs and the impact of their personal, physical, emotional, and cultural experiences on the rendering of patient care.
6.Demonstrate professional responsibility in performance, attitude and personal conduct.
7.Practice within the confines of the recognized scope of practice within the healthcare community to provide optimal patient care.

The program is a 64 credit hour (1159 clock hour) associate’s degree program in applied science of surgical technology, which incorporates 36 credit hours (400 didactic and 75 lab clock hours) of general education and biology courses, with 29 credit hours (200 didactic, 56 lab and 476 clinical clock hours) of core surgical and clinical courses.
Course Sequence:  The listing that follows is a recommended sequence of courses.  Any of the pre/co-requisite courses may be taken prior to beginning the surgical courses. The surgical courses must be taken concurrently. The student should work with their advisor regarding their course schedule.

Sequence of Required Courses
Prerequisite   Cr Hr
Developmental Reading/English, Math, if test scores indicated
PSYC 100 First Year Seminar, (if required) (1)
ALHE 105+ Medical Terminology 3
BIOL 111 General Biology 3
BIOL 271+ Microbiology 3
BIOL 272+ Microbiology Lab 2
CSIS 100 Computer Concepts and Applications 3
Total   14-15

Semester I Spring   
ENGL 101  English Composition I 
SURG 100+ Introduction to Surgical Technology 
ALHE 122   + Introduction to Pharmacology 
BIOL 257  *+ Human Anatomy and Physiology 
BIOL 258 *+ Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab 
ALHE 141 ** CPR  (1) 
Total    15-16 
Semester II  Summer   
SOSC 100  Introduction to Sociology 
PSYC 155  General Psychology 
COMM 213  Interpersonal Communication 
Semester III  Fall   
SURG 102+  Principles and Practices of ST 
SURG103 + Principles and Practices of ST Lab 
SURG 202 *+ Surgical Procedures I 
SURG 106 + Surgical Clinical I 
Total    14 
Semester IV  Spring   
SURG 204+  Surgical Procedures II 
SURG 206+ Surgical Clinical II 
OTEC 108 + Career Life Skills 
Total    12 
Total Program Credits  29
+ Total Certificate Program Credits 46 
Total AAS Degree Program Credits   64 
*Prerequisite required:  BIOL 111 General Biology for BIOL 257/258 Human A&P/Lab, BIOL 257/258 Human A&P/Lab for SURG 202 Surgical Procedures I **CPR Certification by American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider required for clinical entry but can be acquired elsewhere.
Program Fees

For More Information Contact:
Program Advisor

Kelly Warren
620.431.2820 ext. 311