Surgical Technology

Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology

Medical Careers Institute
February 25, 2014

Program Objectives and Curriculum

Degree Objectives

Program Purpose

The Surgical Technology program prepares a student for career as a surgical technologist. The technology courses give students additional skills to enhance their advancement in the surgical environment. The curriculum is also designed to prepare the student for the surgical technology national certifying examination which will be administered as part of the core curriculum.

Program objectives include:

Students who graduate from the Surgical Technology Program will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to assist with basic and advanced surgical procedures. Students will be able to perform in major operating rooms, minor surgery, surgi-centers, and surgeons’ offices. Students will learn about basic surgical anatomy and physiology in the operating room, and they will know the names and uses of all basic and advanced surgical instrumentation. Students will learn about using aseptic technique and sterile barriers. They will be able to understand the flow of a surgical procedure from start to finish and will assure that there are accurate counts of all materials and instruments used in any surgical procedure.

Program Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Admissions test with passing score

Other Requirements: Recommendation from Program Director Recommendations: TEAS scores: Math greater than or equal to 60 and Reading greater than or equal to 85

Core Curriculum

DEGREE Associate of Applied Science
PROGRAM Health Science
CONCENTRATION Surgical Technology


Course ID Course Name Credits Potential Certifications1
ENG110 English Composition 3
BIO101 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BIO201 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
MTH120 College Mathematics 3
HUM205 Culture and Diversity 3
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology 3
Course ID Course Name Credits Potential Certifications1


Course ID Course Name Credits Potential Certifications1
COR191 Career Orientation 1
FOR112 College Orientation 3
CSA128 Computer Applications 2
Course ID Course Name Credits Potential Certifications1


CORE CURRICULUM 42 Semester Credit Hours
Course ID Course Name Credits Potential Certifications1
MED104 Medical Terminology 3
SUR101 Surgical Theory I 3
SUR102 Surgical Theory II 3
SUR120 Surgical Procedures I 4
SUR121 Surgical Procedures II 4
SUR122 Surgical Procedures III 4
SUR123 Surgical Procedures IV 4
SUR270 Surgical Technology Practicum I 3
SUR270S Practicum Seminar 1
SUR271 Surgical Technology Practicum II 3
SUR271S Practicum Seminar 1
SUR272 Surgical Technology Practicum III 4
SUR272S Practicum Seminar 1
SUR285 National Certification Exam Prep 4
Course ID Course Name Credits Potential Certifications1


1The certifications listed in the “Potential Certifications” column are the actual certification exams that students may be prepared to take following achievement of student learning outcomes from a course or a set of courses. Some certifications may require additional outside preparation prior to taking the exams; and receipt of one or more certifications is not guaranteed. Students are strongly encouraged to take all appropriate certification examinations for their program of study. To facilitate student access to the certifications, ECPI offers its students access to the certification exams at a significant discount. Some programs may require the student to obtain one or more certifications as part of the curriculum.