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Surgery Technology

Associate in Applied Science - Transfer

If you are interested in being a valuable part of surgery teams, working beside surgeons, nurses, and other medical professionals, you can train for an exciting career as a Surgery Technologist at Bellingham Technical College.

With BTC’s high quality education and hands-on training, you’ll gain the valuable skills needed now by hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, and dental surgery offices.

BTC's Surgery Technology students graduate prepared for top jobs: 100 percent of program graduates passed the National Certification of Surgical Technology Exam in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. About 97% of BTC Surgery Technology graduates are employed within nine months of graduation.

This surgery technology education program is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The CAAHEP may be reached at 1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756 . Phone 727-210-2350 . Http://www.caahep.org/.

Employment Information

97% BTC graduate placement rate

$47,258 starting annual wage

$55,695 average annual wage

$63,003 potential annual wage

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Jobs & Employment

Employment of surgical technologists is expected to increase. Technological advances such as fiber optics and laser technology will also permit new surgical procedures to be performed.

About 97% of BTC Surgery Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $55,695, with an earning potential of about $63,003 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Most surgical technologists are employed by hospitals and work primarily in operating and delivery rooms. Others are employed in clinics and surgical centers and in the offices of physicians and dentists who perform outpatient surgery. Hospitals will continue to be the primary employer of surgical technologists, although much faster employment growth is expected in offices and clinics of physicians, including ambulatory surgical centers.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS108 credits

  • Complete the prerequisites listed below with a 2.0 (C grade or better) in each course

  • Quarter 1
  • SURG 120Surgery Technology I12 credits

    The student will gain theoretical and practical knowledge of general equipment, instrumentation, surgical team member roles and health care facilities and their management. Includes physical, psychological, and ethical aspects of patient care in addition to principles of aseptic technique, sterilization and safety in the operating room. Students will participate in activities that help to identify, manage and apply general terminology to medications and solutions used in operating room settings. Student will apply the theories and principles of pharmacology for use in the operating room environment in order to provide safe and effective management of medications.

    Prerequisite:
    Acceptance into the Surgery Technology program.
  • SURG 125Surgery Technology Lab I10 credits

    The student will participate in lab activities based on principles and techniques of operating room procedure. Students will develop skills necessary to plan, set-up and maintain sterile fields. In addition, the student will orient to health care facilities.

    Prerequisite:
    Acceptance into the Surgery Technology program.
  • Quarter 2
  • SURG 133Surgery Technology II10 credits

    In this course the student will gain further theoretical and practical knowledge of specialty equipment, instrumentation, and surgical supplies. The student will detail intra operative care techniques and the surgical technologists’ role in surgical case preparation and surgical procedures.

    Prerequisite:
    SURG 120, SURG 125 with a C or better.
  • SURG 136Surgery Technology Clinical Practice I12 credits

    The students will participate in activities that correlate the theories and principles of surgical procedure and technique in a mock operating room (lab) setting. In addition students will assume the role of a student surgical technologist participating in surgical procedures in affiliated hospitals, surgery centers or clinics.

    Prerequisite:
    SURG 120, SURG 125 with a C or better.
  • Quarter 3
  • SURG 143Surgery Technology III6 credits

    In this course the student will gain further theoretical and practical knowledge of specialty equipment, instrumentation, and surgical supplies. The student will detail the surgical technologists’ role in procedures and techniques used to achieve intraoperative hemostasis, proper patient documentation and patient care emergencies. The students will also describe the surgical technologists’ professional and legal responsibilities.

    Prerequisite:
    SURG 133, SURG 136.
  • SURG 145Surgery Technology Clinical Practice II10 credits

    The students will participate in activities that correlate the theories and principles of surgical procedure and technique in a mock operating room (lab) setting. In addition students will assume the role of a student surgical technologist with emphasis on independent scrubbing on surgical procedures in affiliated hospitals, surgery centers or clinics.

    Prerequisite:
    SURG 133, SURG 136.
  • Pre-Program
  • BIOL& 160General Biology with Lab5 credits

    This course provides introduction to basic concepts of biology, with an emphasis on the cells as the fundamental unit of life. Topics include cell structure, basic chemical and biochemical concepts, metabolism, cell division, principles of genetics, biological diversity, and methods of scientific inquiry and critical thinking. Course establishes foundation necessary for continued biology study, especially in human anatomy and physiology. Lab included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100 and Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.
  • BIOL& 241Human A & P 15 credits

    This course emphasizes understanding of the normal human, which will serve as a foundation of general understanding as well as a foundation for future study in allied health fields. Lecture, group discussion, literature and internet research, and laboratory exercises are included. Acquisition of basic knowledge, application and integration of concepts is emphasized. Biol& 241 includes anatomy survey; tissues; and integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.

    Prerequisite:
    BIOL& 160 with a C grade and CHEM&121 with a C grade.
  • BIOL& 242Human A & P 25 credits

    This course emphasizes understanding of the normal human, which will serve as a foundation of general understanding as well as a foundation for future study in allied health fields. Lecture, group discussion, literature and internet research, and laboratory exercises are included. Acquisition of basic knowledge, application and integration of concepts is emphasized. Biol& 242 includes circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

    Prerequisite:
    BIOL& 241 with a C grade.
  • BIOL& 260Microbiology5 credits

    Exploration of microbial world with a focus on medical microbiology for students in the health field. Areas of study include classification of microbes, life cycle, metabolism, control, and common infectious diseases of the human body. Laboratory component will demonstrate procedures to identify and control microbes.

    Prerequisite:
    BIOL& 160 with a C grade and CHEM&121 with a C grade.
  • CHEM& 121Intro to Chemistry5 credits

    Introductory course for non-science majors, nursing, and environmental science students. Includes basic concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry, the nature of atoms, molecules and chemical bonds, chemical notation, chemistry of solutions, scientific reasoning, and problem-solving in the study of the theory and application of chemistry. Lab work is included.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 85 or RDG 085 with a B or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 86 or ENGL 092 with a B or better or AENGL 100 with a C or better and ACCUPLACER College Math score of 75 or MATH 099 with a C or better.
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and communicating in a diverse world.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or a ENGL 092 with a C or better.
  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.
  • HLTH 133HIV/AIDS: For Healthcare Professional1 credits

    This workshop is designed for the professional needing seven hours of HIV/AIDS education for licensure or professional update. The program utilizes a multi-media approach and meets Washington State certification requirements.


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  • HT 126Fundamentals of Medical Terminology5 credits

    The student will gain a basic knowledge of medical word building. The course will address root words, prefixes and suffixes and terms which are used in diagnostic, operative, and symptoms relating to the various systems of the body. Emphasis on correct spelling and pronunciation of selected common eponyms.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills score of 71 or higher.
  • MATH& 107 *Math in Society5 credits

    College level coverage of practical applications in many fields of study. Topics will include probability, statistics, finance, geometry, graphing, growth & decay, and right triangle trigonometry.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • SURG 100Intro to Surgery Technology (3.0 B grade or higher)2 credits

    This course provides information related to the role of the surgical technologist within the surgical team, operative environment with an emphasis on physical requirements of the surgical technician, professional roles, inter-departmental/peer/relationships and medical communication used in surgical technology. An introduction to the profession will include: history of surgery, surgical ethics and law and principles of aseptic technique. In addition, college and program policies will be introduced. You are required to receive a B in this course to apply to the program.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS108 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

Placement into Program

Effective for Fall 2018 applicants to the Surgery Technology Program must complete the the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) exam with a score of “proficiency” or higher in each of the four areas (reading, mathematics, science and English language and usage) prior to program application.

  • ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills)
  • ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 85, or a B grade in RDG 085 and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86, or B grade in ENGL 092, or C grade in AENGL 100.
  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

Effective Fall 2019 applicants to the Surgery Technology program will need to meet a new minimum GPA for the the following six pre-program courses: ENGL& 101, MATH& 107, CHEM& 121, BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, BIOL& 260. There is no change to thegrade requirements for the other pre-program courses.

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Answer this question to determine the minimum GPA that applies to you:
Will you submit a complete application packet before September 18, 2018?

If you answered YES, you must meet a minimum GPA of 2.0 (C) in each of the six prerequisite courses listed above.

OR

If you answered NO, then you will be required to meet the higher minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) in each of the six prerequisite courses listed above.


Full List of Pre-program Required Courses:

  • The following courses must be completed with a 3.0 (B) grade or better:
  • Intro to Surgery Technology (SURG 100)
  • The following courses must be completed with a 2.0 (C) grade or better:
  • General Biology with Lab (BIOL& 160)
  • Interpersonal Communications (CMST& 210)
  • HIV/AIDS: Healthcare Professional (HLTH 133)
  • Fundamentals of Medical Terminology (HT 126)
  • The following courses must be completed with the appropriate grade as described above:
  • Human A&P 1 (BIOL& 241) ** (Must be no older than 5 years at the time you are eligible for placement on the program ready list)
  • Human A&P 2 (BIOL& 242) ** (Must be no older than 5 years at the time you are eligible for placement on the program ready list)
  • Microbiology (BIOL& 260)
  • Intro to Chemistry (CHEM& 121)
  • English Composition I (ENGL& 101)
  • Math in Society (MATH& 107) or any MATH course from the AAS-T alternate course list will be accepted.

Program Application/Forms

  • This program admits students once a year in the fall quarter.

Prior to registration for SURG 120, admitted students must be eighteen (18) years of age and submit evidence of the following requirements:

1. Physical exam and specified immunizations,

2. Criminal background check,

3. 11-panel drug screen,

4. Current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR,

5. Medical insurance coverage.

NOTE: Students will be charged a fee of approximately $119.00 for the background check, drug screen, and tracking of required health documents.

Program Outcomes

The goal of this program is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains

Adhering to the Core Curriculum for Surgical Technologists, 6e and employer and instructor’s expectations, upon completion of the Surgery Technology program, the student will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the care of the operative environment preoperatively, intraoperatively, and postoperatively.
  • Provide safe patient care with strict adherence to sterile technique and aspsis.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking relating to prioritization, anticipation, problem analysis and evaluation of solutions.
  • Apply the principles of effective verbal, non-verbal, and written communication.
  • Compile completed Clinical Case Experience Log of surgical procedure assistance in accordance with the Core Cuuiculum for Surgery Technology, 6e.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience by successful completion of the National Certification Examination for Surgical Technologists.

Julie Lange - Instructor image

Julie Lange

Area of Instruction


Surgery Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.A., Communication Sciences & Disorders, Western Washington University

Certificate, Surgery Technology, Bellingham Technical College

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8415
jalange@btc.edu
Haskell Center (HC) - Room 210