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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, 2015, 2016, and 2017. 90% passed in 2018. 100% passed in 2019.


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/.

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Please Note:

BTC has not made a determination that the Surgery Tehnology curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure/certification outside of Washington State. We encourage students who plan to work out-of-state to check relevant local licensure/certification requirements.

Employment Information


95% BTC graduate placement rate

$47,341 starting annual wage

$55,661 average annual wage

$64,709 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 95% of BTC Surgery Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $55,661, with an earning potential of about $64,709 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 2020-21 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS108 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • 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:
    MATH& 107 (or higher), BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, BIOL& 260, ENGL& 101, and SURG 100 all with a B or higher. CHEM& 121 with a B or higher or CHEM& 161 with a B or higher. PSYC& 100 or CMST& 210 or CMST& 220, BIOL& 160, and HT 100 or HT 126 all with a C or higher. ATI TEAS scores: Reading 69.0 or higher, Mathematics 63.3 or higher, Science 45.8 or higher, and English & Language Usage 60.0 or higher.
    CoRequisites:
    SURG120

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    9/28-12/17DAILY 8:00a-3:00pLANGE JOpenings: 7
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  • 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:
    MATH& 107 (or higher), BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, BIOL& 260, ENGL& 101, and SURG 100 all with a B or higher. CHEM& 121 with a B or higher or CHEM& 161 with a B or higher. PSYC& 100 or CMST& 210 or CMST& 220, BIOL& 160, and HT 100 or HT 126 all with a C or higher. ATI TEAS scores: Reading 69.0 or higher, Mathematics 63.3 or higher, Science 45.8 or higher, and English & Language Usage 60.0 or higher.
    CoRequisites:
    SURG 125

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    9/28-12/17DAILY 8:00a-3:00pLANGE JOpenings: 7
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  • 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.
    CoRequisites:
    SURG 136

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    1/5-3/25DAILY 8:00a-3:00pLANGE JOpenings: 24
  • 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.
    CoRequisites:
    SURG 133

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    1/5-3/25DAILY 8:00a-3:00pLANGE JOpenings: 20
  • 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 with a C+ or better.
    CoRequisites:
    SURG 145

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    4/6-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pLANGE JOpenings: 20
  • 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 with a C+ or better.
    CoRequisites:
    SURG 143

    Future Offerings
    7/8-9/15ARRLANGE JOpenings: 5
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    4/6-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pLANGE JOpenings: 20
  • Pre-Program
  • Complete the prerequisites listed below with a 2.0 (C grade or better) in each course

  • 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.

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    9/28-12/17Online LEBITZ MOpenings: 1
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  • 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.

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    7/8-8/31Online QUESADA AWaitlisted: 11
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  • 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.

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    9/28-12/17Online LEBITZ MOpenings: 1
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    4/6-6/22TTh 8:30a-12:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • 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
    9/28-12/17Online OLAH AOpenings: 2
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    1/6-3/24MW 1:00p-4:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    4/7-6/23MW 5:30p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    4/6-6/22TTh 1:00p-4:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CHEM& 121Introduction 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.

    Future Offerings
    7/8-8/31Online MILLER AWaitlisted: 1
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    9/28-12/17Online MILLER AOpenings: 1
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    9/28-12/17Online GISH JWaitlisted: 0
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    4/7-6/23MW 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/10-6/19Sa 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23MW 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • 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.

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    7/8-8/31Online ZAMORA AWaitlisted: 1
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    7/8-8/31Online BURNS JWaitlisted: 0
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    9/28-12/17Online DOSS LOpenings: 6
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    1/5-3/25TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/6-3/24MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    4/7-6/23MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
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  • 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 RDG 085 with a C or better, and 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.

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    7/8-8/31Online RICHARDS JWaitlisted: 7
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    9/28-12/17Online HATCH LOpenings: 14
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    9/28-12/17Online RICHARDS JOpenings: 12
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    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/6-3/24MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    4/7-6/23MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/22T10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
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  • 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.

  • 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.

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    9/28-12/17Online NEWTON KOpenings: 4
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    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/22TTh10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • 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.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 85 with a C or higher. ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher OR ENGL 092 with a C or higher. ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (38) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (230) or higher OR ABE 50 with a C or higher.

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    1/5-3/25Th 5:30p-7:40pLANGE JOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23Th 5:30p-7:40pLANGE JOpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS108 credits

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

Entry Information

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When Can I Start?


This program typically admits students into first quarter core courses in the fall. Registration for Fall Quarter starts halfway through Spring Quarter.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


Entry Requirements

Students who have completed ALL prerequisite requirements before the start of first quarter core courses will be allowed entry based on the order in which they register.

All Prerequisite Requirements:

  • The Student must be 18 years of age
  • Applicants must score at the "PROFICIENT" level or higher in each of the four areas on one transcript. See the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills handout for more information about this entrance assessment.

    The Test of Essential Academic Skills- ATI TEAS Handout

  • Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) or higher
    • Human A&P 1 (BIOL& 241)
    • Human A&P 2 (BIOL& 242)
    • Microbiology (BIOL& 260)
    • Introduction to Chemistry (CHEM& 121 or CHEM& 161)
    • English Composition 1 (ENGL& 101)
    • Math in Society (MATH& 107) or any MATH course from the AAS-T alternative course list will be accepted.
    • Intro to Surgery Technology (SURG 100)
  • Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 (C) or higher
    • General Biology with Lab (BIOL& 160)
    • Interpersonal Communications (CMST& 210) or General Psychology (PSYC& 100)
    • Fundamentals of Medical Terminology (HT 100)


Pre-Program Course Requirements


Make sure you are ready to register by reviewing the Program Checklist. There is NO application required for this program.

Only students who successfully register for open first quarter core course seats will be responsible for providing the evidence of the following before starting classes:

  • Physical exam and specified immunizations
  • 11-panel drug screen which includes screening for marijuana
  • Current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR(AHA201)
  • 7-hour HIV/AIDS Certification(AHA106)
  • Medical insurance coverage
  • Clinical Placement Requirement Info Sheet - Surgery Technology
    • NOTE: Students will be charged a fee of approximately $119 for the background check, drug screen, and tracking of required health documents. Health documents will need to be completed and submitted to the appropriate department after students have registered for the first quarter classes and before the start of the program. You will be notified with instructions/information regarding these requirements by the department after registration.

    What Are My Next Steps?


    1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
    2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
    3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
    4. Prepare to Attend

    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.

    Laura Doss - Instructor image

    Laura Doss

    Area of Instruction


    Student Services

    Contact Info


    360-752-8548
    ldoss@btc.edu
    College Services (CS) - Room 105

     

    Office Hours


    Usual office hours are:

      Monday - Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

     
     

    Background


    Profile
    Laura Doss has been at BTC for 10 years in the roles of Academic & Career Advisor, Student Navigator, Instructor, Completion Coach and now College Nav...

      • Laura Doss has been at BTC for 10 years in the roles of Academic & Career Advisor, Student Navigator, Instructor, Completion Coach and now College Navigator for the Allied Health Programs. Laura earned her Bachelor of Science while serving in the US Army and stationed in Germany and her Master of Education while stationed at Fort Sill, OK. Her initial education and training was in the mental health field before moving into education. Outside of work, Laura likes to spend time with her four kids, walking the trails, cuddling with her tiny dog and reading a ton of books!


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    Julie Lange

    Area of Instruction


    Surgery Technology

    Degrees and Certifications


    BA, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Western Washington University

    Certificate, Surgery Technology, Bellingham Technical College

    Certificate, Surgical Technologist, National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting

    Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

    Contact Info


    360 752-8415
    jalange@btc.edu
    Haskell Center (HC) - Room 222A