May 21, 2024  
Catawba Valley Community College 2022-2023 General Catalog 
    
Catawba Valley Community College 2022-2023 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surgical Technology, A.A.S. (A45740)


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Courses required to meet graduation requirements in this curriculum are offered during daytime hours. Minimum time for completion: five semesters full-time attendance. The Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded graduates of this curriculum.

The Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team.

Students will apply theoretical knowledge to the care of patients undergoing surgery and develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations.

Employment opportunities include labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physicians’ offices, and central supply processing units.

Students of Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited programs are required to take the national certification exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) within a four week period prior to or after graduation.

Note: Students must complete BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I  (with a grade of “C” or higher) and ACA 111 College Student Success  prior to admission into the program.

General Education Courses:


Humanities/Fine Arts


Natural Sciences


Social/Behavioral Sciences


Other Required Hours


Total Credit Hours Required: 69


Developmental Course Requirements:


Developmental coursework (both prerequisite and corequisite) will be required of students whose placement test measures indicate a need for greater proficiency in the areas of English and/or Mathematics. Please refer to the Course Description section for prerequisite and corequisite course information.

Suggested Program Sequence:


Program Pre-Admission Requirements:


Total Hours: Class 4 | Lab 3 | Clin/Wk Exp 0 | Credit 5


Total Hours: Class 14 | Lab 9 | Clin/Wk Exp 0 | Credit 17


Spring - 1st year:


Total Hours: Class 8 | Lab 6 | Clin/Wk Exp 21 | Credit 17


Total Hours: Class 8 | Lab 0 | Clin/Wk Exp 12 | Credit 12


Total Hours: Class 8 | Lab 0 | Clin/Wk Exp 12 | Credit 12


Total Hours: Class 4 | Lab 0 | Clin/Wk Exp 6 | Credit 6


Grand Total Hours: Class 46 | Lab 18 | Clin/WkExp 51 | Credit 69


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