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Catawba Valley Community College 2019-2020 General Catalog 
Catawba Valley Community College 2019-2020 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surgical Technology Diploma (D45740)

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Courses required to meet graduation requirements in this curriculum are offered during day hours only. Minimum time for completion: three semesters full-time attendance. The Diploma is awarded graduates of the surgical technology 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 on Certification in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) within a four week period prior to or after graduation.


General Education Courses:


Social/Behavioral Sciences:

Other Required Courses:

Total Credit Hours Required: 48

Suggested Program Sequence:

Total Hours: Class 16 | Lab 8 | Clin/Wk Exp 0 | Credit 19

Spring - 1st year:

Total Hours: Class 10 | Lab 5 | Clin/Wk Exp 21 | Credit 19

Total Hours: Class 6 | Lab 0 | Clin/Wk Exp 12 | Credit 10

Grand Total Hours: Class 32 | Lab 13 | Clin/Wk Exp 33 | Credit 48

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.

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