Surgical Technology, AAS

  

Program Description

The goal of the Surgical Technology program is to prepare competent, entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Graduates of the program will be able to apply fundamental theoretical knowledge in the practice of surgical technology; acquire and evaluate emerging surgical knowledge; perform the roles and duties of the surgical technologist at entry-level for employment; demonstrate professional behaviors expected of surgical technologists; and demonstrate the effective use of reason and good judgment in surgical patient care situations.

Certification

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board Certifying Examination offered by the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) Requirements

The curriculum for programs at Utah Tech University leading to professional licensure are designed to prepare students for Utah licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions requiring licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University, and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time. 

Licensure boards in each state establish requirements for licensure and certification for their respective state. States vary by which professions are required to be licensed and how licensure functions, and such requirements may change at any time. The terms related to licensure and certification, among others, also vary by state as well.

Students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the state licensure entity in the state where they intend to work to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by the student’s state(s) of choice. The University cannot provide verification of a student’s ability to meet licensure or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming. Some states require individuals to complete additional requirements that are unrelated to educational prerequisites. For more information, visit the State Authorization and Professional Licensure web page and select the program, or speak to the director of the program. 

Utah Tech University shall not be held liable if a student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction.

This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

Accreditation

The Utah Tech University Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). These organizations may be contacted at:

CAAHEP
9355 113th Street N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Phone: 727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

ARC/STSA
6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: 303-694-9262
www.arcstsa.org


Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Surgical Technology program, an applicant must first be accepted as a Utah Tech University student. The applicant must complete a separate application to the Surgical Technology program.

Surgical Technology is a limited-enrollment program and admits one class each fall. Surgical Technology program admission selection decisions are based on the cumulative scores achieved by applicants and are applied without regard to race, color, ethnic background, national origin, religion, creed, age, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, and/or gender. Applicants must verify that they are able to perform the essential functions of a surgical technologist.  Some of our clinical sites require that students be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for clinical rotation placement.

The Surgical Technology program admission selection process utilizes a points system designed to predict potential for student success in the program. In the event that qualifying applications receive identical scores, the date of receipt of the completed applications will be used to assign admission priority. Final selection will be made and students will be notified by email message to the student’s University email address. Admission to the program is considered conditional until candidate completes the remaining requirements as indicated in the conditional acceptance letter. An alternate list will be used to accommodate cancellations. Admissions will remain open until the class is filled.

Additional program application information can be found at: https://health.Utah Tech.edu/surgical-technology/program-admissions/.

Required Prerequisite Courses1

BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
5
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing (EN)3-4
or ENGL 1010D Introduction to Writing (EN)
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN)3
HLOC 1000Medical Terminology2
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (MA) (preferred)3-4
or MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (MA)
or MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA)
PSY 1010General Psychology (SS, GC)3
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
or FSHD 1500 Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)

Program Curriculum

63 credits

Program Prerequisites
Grade of C or higher required in all program prerequisites to be considered for program admission.
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
5
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
COMM 2110Interpersonal Communication (SS, GC)3
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing (EN)3-4
or ENGL 1010D Introduction to Writing (EN)
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN)3
HLOC 1000Medical Terminology2
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (MA) (preferred)3-4
or MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (MA)
or MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA)
PSY 1010General Psychology (SS, GC)3
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
or FSHD 1500 Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)
Core Discipline Requirements
SURG 1050Surgical Technology Theory3
SURG 1055Surgical Technology Lab I2
SURG 1060Surgical Technology Clinical I (ALPP)4
SURG 1021Surgical Sciences3
SURG 1000Introduction to Surgical Technology2
SURG 2010Surgical Pharmacology2
SURG 2050Surgical Procedures 7
SURG 2055Surgical Technology Lab II1
SURG 2060Surgical Technology Clinical II (ALPP)7
SURG 2070Surgical Synthesis1
Elective Courses
Electives as selected with your academic advisor to bring the total number of credits to no fewer than 63.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 63 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 20 college-level credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  3. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  4. Grade C or higher in each Required Prerequisite and Core Discipline Requirement course.

Graduation Plan

PREREQUISITE COURSES - ALL COURSES MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO PROGRAM ENTRY.

1st Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
First Year Recommended Elective2BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
4
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
5COMM 21103
ENGL 10103ENGL 20103
HLOC 10002PSY 1010, 1100, or FSHD 15003
MATH 1040, 1030, or 1050 (recommended)3Electives3
 15 16
Total Hours 31

Surgical Technology Program Core

2nd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
SURG 10002SURG 20507
SURG 10213SURG 20551
SURG 10503SURG 20607
SURG 10552SURG 20701
SURG 10604 
SURG 20102 
 16 16
Total Hours 32

Total Credits for Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology: 63

Surgical Technology Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Employ surgical technology roles and duties with appropriate competency and safety at entry-level for employment.
  2. Apply fundamental theoretical knowledge appropriate for the practice of surgical technology.
  3. Evaluate emerging surgical knowledge to support innovations in surgical practice.
  4. Differentiate appropriate professional behaviors necessary to obtain employment.
  5. Demonstrate competence and safe practice under pressure in demanding surgical situations.
  6. Adapt to unexpected circumstances in surgery to ensure safe patient care.