Earn your place on a surgical team with a Surgical Technology associate degree from Montco. Our 16-month, year-round program teaches you how to prepare the operating room, instruments, equipment and patients for surgery and maintain optimal sterile techniques.

Program outcomes
  • Employ appropriate ethical and professional values when providing surgical technology services to diverse populations;
  • 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;
  • Demonstrate the ability to prioritize and organize the surgical field, while considering the physiology and urgency of the patient care needs;
  • Incorporate technical skills to assemble and operate instruments, equipment, and supplies for the delivery of patient care during all specialties of surgery;
  • Integrate knowledge from the required courses within this program to the role of the surgical technologist in caring for diverse clients;
  • Communicate clearly and effectively utilizing the most current research tools;
  • Express a commitment to lifelong learning and continued professional development;
  • Meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the national certifying examination administered by the NBSTSA.
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The Surgical Technology Program is fully accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Additional information regarding CAAHEP can be obtained by contacting the organization directly.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
website: caahep.org

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.

2017 Data: 5 students taking Exam / 4 students passing Exam / 1 students failing Exam / 80% pass rate.

Special Admission Requirements

All applicants seeking admission to the Surgical Technology Program are required to present specific credentials matching programs admission guidelines.

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.

About the admission process


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.

Program Curriculum

General Education Requirements
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102, ENG 115, or ENG 117 English Composition II, Writing for Technical Communication, or Writing for Business and Industry 3
Elective Oral Communication Course 3
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility Course 3
Elective Cultural Awareness and Diversity Course 3
SOC 244 Sociology of Death and Dying 3
Major Requirements
BIO 131 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 132 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 140 Microbiology and Immunology 4
SUR 105 Surgical Technology I 7
SUR 106 Surgical Technology II 8
SUR 205 Surgical Technology III 10
SUR 206 Surgical Technology IV 7
Total Program Credits: 62