Program Start Term: Fall Semester
Average Class Size: 16
Program Length: 4 Semesters, 1 Summer
Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time
Course Availability: Day Classes
Program Location: St. Mary Corwin Regional Medical Center
Career InformationSurgical technology is one of the fastest growing professions in the country. The Surgical Technology program prepares you for a career in a variety of settings including hospitals, surgery departments, obstetric departments and ambulatory surgery centers. A Surgical Technologist is a vital member of the operating room team and requires extensive commitment and special qualities for those who practice in this profession. As an experienced surgical technologist, you can choose to specialize in cardiac, orthopedic, pediatric, plastic or general surgery or advance to the role of a certified surgical first assistant. Graduates of an accredited Surgical Technology program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technology given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) and can practice under the title of Certified Surgical Technologist.
What Will I LearnAt PCC, a surgical technology student will earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology that prepares them to immediately assume entry-level responsibilities encompassed by the profession of Surgical Technology. The student will gain classroom and hand-on training in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective behavior learning domains which include the principles of patient preparation and care, preparing the operating room, creating and maintaining a sterile field, scrubbing, gowning, gloving and draping, performing invasive and non-invasive surgical techniques, specimen care, dressing applications, and principles of asepsis. The student will also learn how to handle sharps and medications safely, how to pass surgical instrumentation, supplies, and equipment during surgical procedures, and how to perform room turnover and the necessary skills needed to process and sterilize instrumentation and supplies competently. Additionally, the student will receive extensive clinical experience working with surgeons and staff within a real operating room environment. The AAS in Surgical Technology program contributes to the growth and participation in the field of Surgical Technology, as well as sustains both local and regional communities by meeting their need for excellent surgical technologists.
THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.
Mean Hourly Wage: $23.77 ($49,434/yr)(Source:
US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment
Statistics, March 2014).