Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology Overview

If you are a person who wants a valued and rewarding career in the medical field, and if you want to be part of the important and dynamic action in today's surgical operating room teams, then a career in Surgical Technology might be right for you.

Surgical Technologists are also known as scrubs or surgical or operating room technicians. They assist in surgical operations under the direction of surgeons, registered nurses, physician's assistants, or other surgical personnel. A surgical technologist, working with their team, would:

  • Prepare the OR by setting up surgical instruments, sterile drapes, equipment and solutions; assemble both sterile and non-sterile equipment, and check equipment for proper functioning
  • Prepare patients for surgery, transporting them to the OR room, positioning them on the operating table, and draping patients
  • During operations, hold and pass instruments and sterile supplies to surgeons, and assist with the operating process by holding retractors, cutting sutures, counting sponges, needles and supplies
  • Operate lights, suction machines, and diagnostic equipment used during procedures

Join a profession that makes a major contribution to the success and effectiveness of modern surgeries!

For more information about this program, please see the program description in the University Catalog. Surgical Technology Program Description

What You Can Learn in Surgical Technology

The program's objectives prepare students to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of surgical technology’s place in the modern health care delivery system
  • Understanding of basic surgical anatomy and physiology in the operating room
  • Names and uses of all basic and advanced surgical instrumentation, aseptic techniques and sterile barriers
  • Knowledge of the flow of a surgical procedure from beginning to end
  • Preparedness for Certified Surgical Technologist qualifying exam

Core courses include a foundation in anatomy and physiology, surgical terminology, surgical theory and technology, microbiology and surgical pharmacology.

Where You Can Go in Surgical Technology

  • Hospital operating and delivery rooms
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Ambulatory surgical centers
  • Dentists and physicians offices

Surgical Technologists are in demand; according to the US Department of Labor, jobs in this field are expected to grow much faster than average due to the increases in surgical procedures.1

1Source: Versus all occupations U.S. Dept. of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition

The following are the employment rates as reported to the
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) for the July 31, 2012 – June 30, 2013

  • Northern Virginia, VA – 83%
  • Richmond, VA Moorefield – 83%

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.