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  • Surgical Technology
  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: Fall Semester

    Award: AAS

    Average Class Size: 16

    Program Length: 4 Semesters, 1 Summer

    CAAHEP Accredited Program: May 20, 2016

    Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time

    Course Availability: Day Ground Classes

    Program Location: St. Mary Corwin Regional Medical Center

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  • Career Information
    Surgical 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. 

    What Will I Learn
    At 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.

    Association of Surgical Technologists (AST)
    The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA)
    Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

    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.

    The PCC Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the 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