Surgical Technology (AAS)

Program Description

The Surgical Technology Program is a career-oriented program designed to prepare students to function as part of a team in the operating room setting. This will include preparation of instruments, set up of the operating room and assisting with the care of patients undergoing surgery.

The curriculum includes both theory and practical application within the operating room setting. Students must achieve at least a “C” in all course work both general education and program specific.

The degree program provides students with additional information beyond the certificate level. Some employers may give preferential consideration to hiring those who have an associate degree.

Surgical Technologists (ST) are employed in hospital operating rooms, delivery rooms and ambulatory care surgical centers.

Students must successfully document and meet all health care and background checks required by the Black Hawk College health career programs and/or the clinical sites prior to entry into the Surgical Technology Program. A physical examination and immunizations are required prior to beginning of clinical rotations. Students with chronic health problems or physical disabilities will be accepted unless the health problem or disability is such that the student would be unable to complete the objectives of the program. (See Technical Abilities required by Health Care Programs for more information.)

Surgical Technology AAS Application

Admission Requirements:

  1. High school graduation or equivalent.
  2. Complete Surgical Technology application process. Students are required to fill out a program application.
  3. A physical examination and current immunizations.
  4. Background check.
  5. Minimum of “C” average in courses previously completed at Black Hawk College and any courses transferred from other colleges is required.

Suggested Courses

Course (Credit Hours):

First semester

BIOL 145 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
BIOL 150 Medical Terminology (3)
COMM 100 Communication Skills (3)
ST 100 Central Services (3)
*MATH 078 Pre-Algebra (3)

Second semester

BIOL 146 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
COMM 105 Essentials of English (3)
PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology or
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology (3)
ST 110 Surgical Technologist I (5)

Summer semester

BIOL 261 Microbiology (4)
ST 112 Surgical Pharmacology (2)

Third semester

CS 100 Intro to Computers (3)
ST 212 Surgical Tech Clinical II (6)
ST 213 Surgical Technologist II (6)

Fourth semester

ST 214 Surgical Technologist III (6)
ST 215 Surgical Tech Clinical III (6)

*Appropriate placement score or MATH 081 is prerequisite to ST 112.

Minimum total hours required for degree: 61