Surgical Technology

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 School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute (MCI). Through MCI’s year-round schedule, you can earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Science – Surgical Technology in just 1.5 years.

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.

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

And according to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of surgical technologists is expected to increase 15 percent from 2014 to 2024.*

* U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition


Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

42 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
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 Certifying Examination Prep 4

Arts and Sciences

18 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
BIO101 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BIO104 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
ENG110* College Composition 3
HUM205* Culture and Diversity 3
MTH120* College Mathematics 3
PSY105* Introduction to Psychology 3


6 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
COR191* Career Orientation 1
CSA128* Computer Applications I 2
FOR110* Essentials for Success 3

1,505 total contact hours

*These courses available for Surgical Technology students online


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 July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015 period.

  • Northern Virginia, VA - 94%
  • Richmond, VA Moorefield - 80%

Employment rates for the Surgical Technology program are calculated using the standards set by ABHES, the accreditor for this program. ABHES mandates the University to take the total number of graduates in the period less graduates who have provided documentation to the University that they have health-related issues, military obligations, incarceration, continuing education status, or death. Students are considered employed if the University has established that the student is employed at least part-time in a position where job function are in the field of training or related to the skills and knowledge acquired through successful completion of the training program for 15 business days. The position could be obtained prior to graduation or even prior to the program start date.

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