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Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology

Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS

Pathway: Health Sciences

More Options: Classroom Based

Program Length: 4 Semesters

Location: Center for Healthcare Education and Simulation

Transferability: Transferable

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Surgical Technology Information Session

Upcoming information session:

April 8, 2024, 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room 245 at the CHES Campus  - 1850 Cypress Semi Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Why Choose Surgical Technology at PPSC?

The Surgical Technologist is an integral member of the surgical team including the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and nurse to deliver patient care before, during, and after surgery.  Before an operation, surgical technologists help prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment.  During the surgery, technologists pass instruments and other sterile supplies to the surgeons and assistants.

Our mission is to provide excellence in developing empowered, competent, and marketable allied health care professionals.  This is a great career that can broaden your view and opportunities in the health care field.  Many go on to pursue a career as a surgeon, surgical nurse, or anesthesiologist.  You see and experience first-hand, many facets of patient care.

Associates of Applied Science in Surgical Technology
This degree is great to get students into the allied health care field. You will have a strong biology and science background with courses in Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology.
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What can I do with a degree in Surgical Technology?

A Surgical Technologist is a pivotal member of the operating room team, and this career requires a committed attitude and a certain set of patient centered qualities from those who practice in this profession. The Surgical Technology Program prepares you for an exciting career in a wide range of surgical settings, offering opportunities in hospital operating rooms, sterile processing, labor and delivery, ophthalmology, cardiovascular, plastics, orthopedics, and many other specialties.

Students who successfully complete the PPSC Surgical Technology Program are able to than sit for the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technology given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). You can practice under the credentials of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) upon passing the exam.

Job Types
Surgical Technologists have many different job titles such as scrub tech, operating room technician, surgical assistant, or instrument technician.  This is a very diverse job that does many tasks across the patient care setting.  

For more career information, visit the Colorado Labor Market and search for surgical technologist.

Surgical Technology classes you will take

Below are a few examples of the classes you may take on your educational journey.  Once you gain your degree you will be a competent, educated and marketable allied health professional.

class 1

This course examines the basics and theory of surgical practice and skills.

class 2

This course covers the basics of surgical pharmacology including the metric system, pharmacological theory, surgical drugs and aspects of anesthesia.

class 3

This course reviews general, obstetric/gynecological, orthopedic and other surgical procedures.

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Learning Outcomes

Exhibit mastery of surgical and technical skills.

Display professional behaviors and leadership in a health care environment.

Communicate effectively and professionally with other allied health team members, family and patients.

Explain and implement best patient care practices.

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1st semester plan

math & english requirements

1st semester plan

  • BIO 2101 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab SC1 4 Credit Hour(s)

  • ENG 1031 - Technical Writing I CO1 3 Credit Hour(s) or ENG 1021 - English Composition I CO1 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • MAT 1120 - Math for Clinical Calculations 3 Credit Hour(s) or MAT 1140 - Career Math 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • PSY 2440 - Human Growth & Development SS3 3 Credit Hour(s)

math & english requirements

Recommended basic skills courses are

  • College Quantitative Literacy

  • MAT 1120 - Math for Clinical Calculations 3 Credit Hour(s) or MAT 1140 - Career Math 3 Credit Hour(s)

Recommended basic skills courses are

  • College Reading & Writing Literacy

  • ENG 1031 - Technical Writing I CO1 3 Credit Hour(s) or ENG 1021 - English Composition I CO1 3 Credit Hour(s) or ENG 1022 - English Composition II CO2 3 Credit Hour(s)