Surgical Technology AAS

Students are able to complete the Surgical Technology AAS program in as little as 16 months with the recommended minimum educational requirement for entry-level practice. Completion of the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Examination prior to graduation gives Montgomery County Community College students a marketable edge for job opportunities, as the program boasts a 100% pass rate on the CST Exam for the last 6 years.

Career Pathway

Technical Standards

Surgical Technology involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of all surgical interventions and functions.

Students enrolled in the Surgical Technology Program must exhibit the following characteristics:

  1. Sufficient visual acuity, such as needed in the accurate preparation of the surgical field, handling of microscopic instruments, needles, and lasers. The ability to perform all required tabulation of instruments, needles, and sponges.
  2. Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the surgical team in order to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as cardiac monitors, stethoscopes, intravenous infusion pumps, fire alarms, etc.
  3. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills needed to assist the surgical team. Manual dexterity is essential in handling all instrumentation, manipulation of equipment, positioning, and lifting patients.
  4. Sufficient physical stamina for standing for extended periods of time is required with meeting the health needs of the patient as related to surgical technology.
  5. Sufficient communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively as may be necessary to the patient and the surgical team.
  6. Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for individuals and the surgical team during stressful situations, including the ability to cope with death and dying.

Program Mission

The mission of the Surgical Technology Program is congruent with the Mission and Philosophy statement of Montgomery County Community College. The Surgical Technology program is designed to prepare a competent entry-level surgical technologist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Recognizing student varying educational and career goals, the Surgical Technology curriculum offers an Associate in Applied Science degree through courses that are sequentially structured to provide a logical, progressive pedagogical approach to the didactic and clinical study of surgical technology.

Program Goals

The Surgical Technology AAS Program prepares competent Surgical Technologists to perform their role within the operative team, while delivering care to patients from the community in multiple surgical environments including: General and Colorectal, Obstetric/Gynecologic, ENT, Ophthalmic, Maxillofacial, Cosmetic/Reconstructive Plastic, Neurosurgery, Genitourinary, Thoracic, Cardiac, Vasular, and Orthopedic Surgeries.

Upon completion of the Program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Employ appropriate ethical and professional values when providing surgical technology services to diverse populations.
  2. Perform necessary activities to prepare patients for surgery utilizing the principles of aseptic technique, critical thinking, and problem solving in order to adapt to the changing surgical environment.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to prioritize and organize the surgical field, while considering the physiology and urgency of the patient care needs.
  4. Incorporate technical skills to assemble and operate instruments, equipment, and supplies for the delivery of patient care during all specialties of surgery.
  5. Integrate knowledge from the required courses within this program to the role of the surgical technologist in caring for diverse clients.
  6. Communicate clearly and effectively utilizing the most current research tools.
  7. Express a commitment to lifelong learning and continued professional development.
  8. Meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the national certifying examination administered by the NBSTSA.

Admissions Guidelines

Students who wish to be considered for admission to the Surgical Technology AAS Program must present credentials in accordance with the following requirements.

  1. Submit a completed College application identifying Surgical Technology AAS (SR.GS) as the major.
  2. Submit high school transcript or GED scores. Applicants must have completed at least one year of biology and chemistry, and two years of mathematics including one unit of algebra or equivalent. Applicants without high school biology and/or chemistry can satisfy this requirement by completing the College's BIO 121 or CHE 121 courses with grades of "C" or better. Both the Biology and Chemistry courses must be successfully completed within the past 10 years prior to enrolling in SUR courses.
  3. Submit official college transcript(s), for credit evaluation, if applicable.
  4. Complete the College placement tests in English, Mathematics, and Reading and place above the developmental level prior to enrolling in SUR courses.
  5. Submit a SUR Petition for Admission.

The Surgical Technology AAS Program accepts students each academic year, in the Fall semester. Due to class limitations, the College does not guarantee continuous enrollment between non-SUR and SUR courses. All students must complete the Surgical Technology AAS Program within four academic years of the date of initial enrollment in the program.

Eligibility for readmission and/or transfer to the Surgical Technology AAS Program is based upon space availability as well as meeting specified requirements. Additional information is available upon request from the Surgical Technology Program Coordinator.

Program Requirements

Once accepted into the Surgical Technology AAS Program, students are required to:

  1. Purchase all required textbooks, manuals, supplemental supplies, uniforms, and liability insurance.
  2. Assume all responsibility for transportation to and from extramural assignments including clinical experiences.
  3. Obtain and maintain current CPR certification in the American Heart Association's CPR for the Healthcare Provider.
  4. Have a comprehensive physical examination, which includes a urine drug screen and documentation of an annual Influenza Vaccination, within six months of Program matriculation and annually thereafter.
  5. Submit application for Child Abuse History Clearance and Criminal Record Check every two years. Note: A Child Abuse History will and a Criminal Record may exclude the student from participation in the clinical component of the program.
  6. Attend a mandatory Surgical Technology Program Orientation.
  7. Complete the Certified Surgical Technologists (CST) examination during the final semester of the program (approx. $300 for non AST member; $200 for AST member).

Sequence of Courses

All BIO and SUR courses must be taken and successfully completed (grade "C" or better) in the sequence listed. Each semester provides the building block for the following semester; therefore, each course in a given semester serves as a co-requisite for all other courses in that same semester. Concurrently, each semester serves as the prerequisite for continuing into the next semester.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Surgical Technology Program is a year-round, 16-month, continuous program consisting of four sequential semesters. Students are admitted to the Program in the fall each year.


First Semester

BIO 131 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 140 Microbiology and Immunology 4
Elective Core Goal 10: Exercise and Health Sciences 2
SUR 105
(17 Credit Hours)
Surgical Technology I 7

Second Semester

BIO 132 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
SUR 106
(15 Credit Hours)
Surgical Technology II 8

Third Semester

ENG 102, 115, or 117 English 3
SPC 110 Speech Communication 3
SUR 205
(16 Credit Hours)
Surgical Technology III 10

Fourth Semester

Elective Core Goal 6: Intellectual Heritage and
Core Goal 9: Behavioral and Social Sciences
SOC 244 Sociology of Death and Dying 3
Elective Core Goal 7: Aesthetic Sensibility and the Arts 3
SUR 206
(16 Credit Hours)
Surgical Technology IV 7


Revised: 10/13, 4/19/12, 2/2011, 12/2005, 1/13