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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.

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 students graduate prepared for top jobs: 100 percent of program graduates passed the National Certification of Surgical Technology Exam in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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/.

Program Facts

79% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $49,670

Wage potential $57,928 annually

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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 79% of BTC Surgery Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $49,670, with an earning potential of about $57,928 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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  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/11DAILY 8:00a-3:00pLANGE JOpenings: 3
  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/11DAILY 8:00a-3:00pLANGE JOpenings: 3
  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh 8:30a-11:30aGREEN KOpenings: 6
    9/23-12/11MWF 1:00p-3:00pVANDENBERG AOpenings: 14
    9/26-12/5Sa 8:30a-11:30aWESTER LOpenings: 6
  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    9/26-12/5Sa12:00p-4:00pWESTER LOpenings: 15
    9/22-12/10TTh 1:00p-4:30pVANDENBERG AOpenings: 1
    9/23-12/9W 5:30p-9:30pHORNE KOpenings: 12
  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MWF 8:30a-11:15aOLAH AOpenings: 9
    9/22-12/8T 5:30p-9:30pOLAH AOpenings: 8
  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh 8:30a-12:00pOLAH AWaitlisted: 1
    9/23-12/9MW 1:00p-4:30pOLAH AWaitlisted: 1
  • 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 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 BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/9MW 8:30a-11:30aYAMAMOTO KOpenings: 8
    9/22-12/8T 5:30p-8:30pMALO GWaitlisted: 1
    9/22-12/10TTh 1:00p-4:00pMALO GOpenings: 10
  • 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 diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh 8:00a-10:10aOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 1
    9/23-12/11MWF10:10a-11:30aOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 2
    9/23-12/9MW 2:10p-3:30pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    9/22-12/10TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 10
    9/22-12/11Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 3
    9/22-12/11Online BURNS JWaitlisted: 0
  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/8T 5:30p-7:40pHOFFMAN COpenings: 10
    9/28-12/7M10:10a-11:30aHATCH LWaitlisted: 3
    9/28-12/7M 8:30a-9:50aHATCH LOpenings: 1
    9/22-12/11Online WELCHER RWaitlisted: 0
    9/22-12/11Online WELCHER ROpenings: 7
  • 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.


    Future Offerings
    10/23F 8:30a-4:30pWESTER LOpenings: 25
    9/22-10/30Online WESTER LOpenings: 19
    11/2-12/11Online WESTER LOpenings: 49
  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/7MW12:00p-3:00pCARRERO ROpenings: 8
    9/22-12/11Online CARRERO RWaitlisted: 2
  • 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 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/11Online MOYLE VOpenings: 4
  • 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

Program Start

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

Testing Requirements

  • 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.
  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Intro to Surgery Technology (SURG 100) * Must complete with a 3.0 (B grade) or higher
  • Complete the prerequisites listed below with a 2.0 (C grade or better) in each course
  • General Biology with Lab (BIOL& 160)
  • Human A&P 1 (BIOL& 241)
  • Human A&P 2 (BIOL& 242)
  • Microbiology (BIOL& 260)
  • Intro to Chemistry (CHEM& 121)
  • Interpersonal Communications (CMST& 210)
  • English Composition I (ENGL& 101)
  • HIV/AIDS: Healthcare Professional (HLTH 133)
  • Fundamentals of Medical Terminology (HT 126)
  • Math in Society (MATH& 107) or any MATH course from the AAS-T alternate course list will be accepted.

Program Application/Forms

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, the student will possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive, therapeutic and diagnostic procedures

Competent entry level surgical technologists will have well developed skills in the following areas:

  • Participate in effective self-assessment.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking relating to prioritization, anticipation, problem analysis and evaluation of solutions.
  • Demonstrate the necessary skills to set up the operative environment preoperatively, provide appropriate instrumentation and assistance intra-operatively, appropriately teardown and prepare decontamination postoperatively.
  • Recognize body mechanics, patient and occupational hazards to include electrical, LASER, radiation, chemical and biological concerns.
  • Provide safe patient care.
  • Recognize own limitations and act accordingly.
  • Maintain personal mental and physical health.
  • Seek learning opportunities that will foster growth.
  • Demonstrate leadership by encouraging and motivating others.
  • Act as a client advocate.
  • Use resources wisely by practicing conservation of time, materials, facilities, and human resources.
  • Follow school and clinical site rules and regulations.
  • Exhibit respect for clients, surgical staff, faculty, and peers.
  • Recognize scope of practice as defined by the House of Delegates of the Association of Surgical Technologist, Inc. (AST) as principles to be used as Standards of Practice.
  • Take responsibility for own actions.
  • Recognize your role in the health care delivery system.
  • Understand and accurately use technical language
  • Apply the principles of verbal, non-verbal, and written communication
  • Communicate effectively as a member of a peer group, a surgical team, and a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Share knowledge and skills with peers.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience by completion of the 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


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