Surgical Technology

Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology Overview

Inside an operating room, there is little margin for error. Everything must be precise and well-planned. It’s the job of the Surgical Technologist to make sure all equipment and instruments are right where they should be and readily available.

Known as scrubs or surgical operating technicians, Surgical Technologists work under the direction of doctors and nurses in a team environment.
They’re responsibilities include:

  • Setting up surgical instruments, sterile drapes, equipment and solutions
  • Assembling and checking equipment
  • Positioning and draping patients on the operating table
  • Operating lights, suction machines, and diagnostic equipment used during procedures
  • Holding and passing instruments and sterile supplies to surgeons
  • Holding retractors, cutting sutures, counting sponges, needles and supplies

If this sounds like the career for you, consider ECPI University’s College of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute (MCI). Through MCI’s year-round schedule, you could earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Science – Surgical Technology in as little as 16 months.

Learn more about the opportunities for your education and possible career growth as a surgical technician at ECPI University's Emerywood (Richmond West Location), here.

Surgical Technology Curriculum

Program Requirements

*For allowable substitutions of arts and sciences courses, see the Arts & Sciences Department page.

Visit the ECPI University Catalog for the most current program information.

Surgical Technology Program Description

Medical Careers Institute’s Surgical Technology degree program features strong classroom curriculum supported by a hands-on, interactive learning environment. Core classes include anatomy and physiology, surgical terminology, surgical theory and technology, microbiology and surgical pharmacology.

Combined with clinical experience gained in a hospital and/or outpatient environment, Surgical Technology students are taught:

  • Names and uses of all basic and advanced surgical instrumentation
  • Aseptic techniques and sterile barriers
  • Basic surgical anatomy and physiology
  • Surgical procedure flow

Additionally, a primary objective of the Surgical Technology Degree program is to prepare graduates for the Certified Surgical Technologist qualifying exam.

Surgical Technology Possible Career Track

Graduates with Surgical Technology degrees are eligible to work in a variety of healthcare settings including:

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

Surgical Technology Outcomes

Students who graduate from the Surgical Technology program will be equipped with the knowledge and skill to assist with basic and advanced surgical procedures.
This knowledge will prepare students to perform in the major operating rooms, minor surgery, surgi-centers, and surgeon‘s offices. Specific program objectives are designed to enable graduates to:

  • Possess entry level knowledge of surgical technology and its place in the modern healthcare delivery system
  • Understand basic surgical anatomy and physiology in the operating room
  • Know the names and uses of all basic and advanced surgical instrumentation.
  • Understand and utilize aseptic technique and sterile barriers.
  • Discuss and know the flow of a surgical procedure from start to finish.
  • Assure that there are accurate counts of all materials and instruments used in any surgical procedure
  • Demonstrate ―surgical consciousness. 

The following are the employment rates as reported to the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) for the June 30, 2020 - July 1, 2021 period.

  • Richmond - 87%
  • Manassas - 100%

The placement rate is determined by using the ABHES required method of calculation, for the reporting period July 1 through June 30, as follows:

Placement Rate = (P)/(G-U)
P = Placed graduated
G = Total graduates
U = Graduated unavailable for placement

Placed graduates are defined as those employed in a position wherein the majority of the graduate’s job functions are related to the skills and knowledge acquired through successful completion of the training program.

Unavailable is defined only as documented: health-related issues, military obligations, incarcerations, continuing education status, or death. Institutions must have on file additional documentation and rationale to justify graduates identified in this category. Examples of documentation may include but not limited to a doctor’s note, military orders, arrest documentation, enrollment agreement, acceptance letter, or death certificate.