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Surgical Technology

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Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Surgical Technology curriculum will prepare you to assist in the care of the surgical patients in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team. You’ll apply theoretical knowledge to the care of patients undergoing surgery and develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations.

As a graduate of this program, you’ll be eligible to apply to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting’s (NBSTSA) certificate examination for surgical technologists.

Careers

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Employment opportunities include working in:

  • Labor, delivery and emergency departments
  • Inpatient and outpatient surgery centers
  • Dialysis units and resources
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Central supply processing units

Accreditation

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350

CAAHEP

Resources

See the links below for program-specific admission requirements and other information regarding our program.

Handbook

HSWP Admission Comparison Grid

Program Outcomes

ATI TEAS Information

Curriculum Guide

Some Health Sciences and Wellness programs may have additional requirements related to required grade-point averages, grades, and other progression policies required for graduation. Please see program handbooks for more information.

First Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
MED 121 Medical Terminology I Prerequisites: ENG 090/RED 090 or ENG 095, or appropriate placement. DRE 098 3 0 0 3 3
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy and Physiology
(BIO 168 and BIO 169 will also be accepted)
Prerequisites: One unit of high school Biology or BIO 090 or higher, and ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 4 2 0 6 5
SUR 110 Introduction to Surgical Technology Prerequisite: Enrollment in Surgical Technology program
Corequisite: SUR 111
3 0 0 3 3
SUR 111 Periop. Patient Care Prerequisite: Enrollment in Surgical Technology program
Corequisite: SUR 110
5 6 0 11 7
ACA 111 College Student Success
(ACA 122 will also be accepted)
none 1 0 0 1 1
Total Semester Hours 16 8 0 24 19
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
BIO 275 Microbiology Prerequisites: BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 163, BIO 165, or BIO 168 3 3 0 6 4
SUR 122 Surgical Procedures I Prerequisites: SUR 110 and SUR 111
Corequisite: SUR 123
5 3 0 8 6
SUR 123 SUR Clinical Practice I Prerequisites: SUR 110 and SUR 111, BIO 163
Corequisite: SUR 122
0 0 21 21 7
MED 122 Medical Terminology II Prerequisites: MED 121 3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 9 8 21 38 20
First Year
Summer Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
SUR 134 Surgical Procedures II Prerequisite: SUR 123
Corequisite: SUR 135
5 0 0 5 5
SUR 135 SUR Clinical Practice II Prerequisite: SUR 123
Corequisites: SUR 134
0 0 12 12 4
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 8 0 12 20 12
Second Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ENG 112 Argument-Based Research Prerequisite: ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
PSY 150 General Psychology Prerequisites: ENG 080 and RED 080, or ENG 085, or DRE 097, or appropriate placement 3 0 0 3 3
SUR 137 Professional Success Prep. Prerequisites: SUR 123, SUR 134, SUR 135
Corequisites: SUR 210, SUR 211 and SUR 212
1 0 0 1 1
SUR 210 Adv. SUR Clinical Practice Prerequisites: SUR 134 and SUR 135
Corequisites: SUR 137,SUR 211 and SUR 212
0 0 6 6 2
SUR 211 Advance Theoretical Concepts Prerequisites: SUR 134 and SUR 135
Corequisites: SUR 137, SUR 210 and SUR 212
2 0 0 2 2
SUR 212 Clinical Supplement Prerequisites: SUR 134 and SUR 135
Corequisites: SUR 137, SUR 210 and SUR 211
0 0 12 12 4
HUM 115 Critical Thinking
or
PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics
Prerequisites for HUM 115: ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement
Prerequisites for PHI 240: ENG 111
3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 12 0 18 30 18
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 17