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2018-2019 General Catalog Archived 
2018-2019 General Catalog Archived [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surgical Technology, A.A.S.

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A45740 Total credit hours: 66

The Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team.

Students will 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.

Employment opportunities include labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physicians’ offices, and central supply processing units.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills with consumers and coworkers in the role of surgical technologist.
  2. Use critical thinking to recognize, analyze, and solve problems related to surgical procedures.
  3. Understand and use policies and manuals related to surgical procedures.
  4. Use current technologies in the implementation of administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures.
  5. Demonstrate competency in the knowledge and skills required for entry-level surgical technologist.
  6. Display professionalism by projecting a positive attitude, working as a team member, showing initiative and responsibility, and displaying sensitivity to cultural diversity.
  7. Practice in a legal and ethical manner.


Davidson County Community College’s Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (opens in new window) upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350, www.caahep.org

Technical Standards

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of a surgical technology. These technical standards are published in the application for admission to health programs and the program student handbook. Surgical Technology Technical Standards  (PDF)

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Surgical Technology program must complete all of the requirements for admission as described in the Surgical Technology Admission Packet.

Surgical Technology begins the Fall semester of odd numbered years.

NOTE: Meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee placement into the Surgical Technology program.

Transfer Credit for Surgical Technology Courses

The decision regarding transfer credit for Surgical Technology courses is made by the Director of the program in consultation with members of the faculty and the Associate Dean. Syllabi for courses for which credit is requested will be required.

Progression Requirements

A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in all SUR prefix courses in order to progress in the program..

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check, drug screen, and up-to-date immunizations are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component.

If any clinical facility denies a student’s participation in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

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