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Aims surgical technology associate degree students get hands-on experience practicing using surgical equipment.

Surgical TechnologyRequirements

Explore the classes that will teach you how to get a job in the medical field as a surgical technologist, including:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Microbiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • English Composition
  • Career Math

During the first year of this two-year degree program, you’ll take any necessary prerequisite courses and then apply get on a waitlist for the surgical tech program. See the prerequisites and requirements listed below for information about the surgical technology prerequisite courses.

After completing the prerequisite and general education classes, please contact Erin Miyoshi erin.miyoshi@aims.edu to be placed on the surgical technology program waitlist.

Year two focuses solely on surgical technology lectures, labs and clinical internships in the community. You’ll study and gain direct practice in various surgical procedures, including neurosurgery, spinal surgery and orthopedic surgery.

At the end of your second year, you’ll take a four-week seminar to prepare you for the Certified Surgical Technologist Exam, a national certification standard. This will give you the national certification you need to start your career.

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Prerequisites:

Current CPR card prior to clinical entry, criminal background check with no disqualifying offenses, and drug screen.

required

Examines the basis of biology in the modern world and surveys the current knowledge and conceptual framework of the discipline. Explores biology as a science, a process of gaining new knowledge, and the impact of biological science on society. This course includes a laboratory experience. Designed for non-science majors. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 category.  Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

MAT 055 or MAT 107 or higher, and CCR 092 or higher with grades of "C" or better. Prerequisite courses may be taken concurrently

4
Row Groupings General Education Requirements: Credits
General Education Requirements:

IMPORTANT NOTES ON GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

*BIO 201, 202, & 204 have a 7 year expiration

** ENG 121, 122, or 131 will be accepted, it has a 10 year expiration unless part of a degree

***HPR 144 must be a 3 credit course and has a 7 year expiration

****MAT 107, 108, 120, 121, 125, 135, 155, 201, 202, 203, or 255 will be accepted, 10 year expiration unless part of a degree

required

Focuses on an integrated study of the human body including the histology, anatomy, and physiology of each system. Examines molecular, cellular, and tissue levels of organization plus integuments, skeletal, articulations, muscular, and nervous systems. Includes a mandatory hands-on laboratory experience covering microscopy, observations, and dissection. This is the first semester of a two-semester sequence. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 category. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

BIO 111 with a grade of "C" or better. Students who have scored 70% or higher on the BIO 111 test out exam may be eligible for a prerequisite override.

4
required

Focuses on the integrated study of the human body and the histology, anatomy, and physiology of the following systems and topics: endocrine, cardiovascular, hematology, lymphatic and immune, urinary, fluid and electrolyte control, digestive, nutrition, respiratory, reproductive, and development. Includes a mandatory hands-on laboratory experience involving microscopy, observations, and dissection. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 category. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

BIO 201 with a grade of "C" or better, may be taken concurrently

4
required

Covers the diversity of microorganisms, their structure, physiology, and the identification process. There is an emphasis on microorganisms that cause infectious disease and the process of infection, host immune responses, and methods to control microorganisms. Laboratory experiences include culturing, identifying, and controlling microorganisms. This course is designed for students pursuing a health science field. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 category. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

BIO 111, or BIO 201, or BIO 101 and CHE 101 with a grades of "C" or better. Students who have scored 70% or higher on the BIO 111 test out exam may be eligible for a prerequisite override.

4
required

Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. May be taken concurrently with CCR 094. Three credits.

3
required

Provides an in-depth study of the structure of medical terms with emphasis on using and combining common prefixes, roots and suffixes. This course includes terms related to major body systems, oncology, and psychiatry as well as clinical laboratory and diagnostic procedures, and imaging, and provides accepted pronunciation of terms and relative use in the healthcare setting. Three credits.

3
required

Covers material designed for career and technical students who need to study particular mathematical topics. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, statistics, and graphs. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications. This course may be used for the A.A.S. degree only. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Three credits.

3
required

Examines human development from conception through death, emphasizing physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial factors. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. Three credits.

3
Total General Education Credits 24
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required

This course introduces the fundamental principles and practices of surgical technology, including an orientation to the profession and a review of legal and ethical issues. Topics about patient needs, special patient populations, the physical environment, and safety issues related to the surgical setting and biomedical sciences will also be discussed. . Students must have all necessary vaccinations, complete a background check and drug screen, and be accepted into the Surgical Technology program.Six credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Prerequisites

BIO 201, BIO 202, BIO 204, ENG 121, HPR 178, MAT 107, & PSY 235 all with grades of "C" or better.

Course Corequisites
STE 101 & STE 105
6
required
4
required
2
required
3
required
3
required

Reviews cardiac, peripheral vascular, and neurologic surgical procedures. Includes a review of the instruments, equipment and supplies utilized during the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative phases of these procedures. . Students must be accepted into the Surgical Technology program. Three credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Prerequisites

STE 101 and STE 115 with grades of "C" or better

Course Corequisites
STE 181, STE 182, and STE 183
3
required

Allows Surgical Technology students to learn techniques helpful in passing the required national certification exam for surgical technology from the Association for Surgical Technologists. . Students must be accepted into the Surgical Technology program. Two credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Prerequisites

STE 120, STE 181, STE 182, and STE 183 with grades of "C" or better

2
required

Allows students to integrate theoretical concepts in a clinical surgical setting. .Students must be accepted into the Surgical Technology program. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 6 credits. Variable credit.font-family:verdana, sans-serif;font-size:9pt;http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Prerequisites

STE 115 with a grade of "C" or better

Course Corequisites
STE 120
variable credit, maximum of 6 credits
NOTE NOTE:  a mimimum of 4 credits must be taken in STE 181
required

Allows students to integrate advanced theoretical concepts in a clinical surgical setting. . Students must be admitted into the Surgical Technology program. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 6 credits. Variable credit.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Prerequisites

STE 181 with a grade of "C" or better

Course Corequisites
STE 120
variable credit, maximum of 6 credits
NOTE 1 NOTE: a minimum of 4 credits must be taken in STE 182
required

Allows students to integrate advanced theoretical concepts in a clinical surgical setting. . Students must be accepted into the Surgical Technology program. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 6 credits. Variable credit.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Prerequisites

STE 182 with a grade of "C" or better

Course Corequisites
STE 120
variable credit, maximum of 6 credits
NOTE 2 NOTE: a minimum of 6 credits must be taken in STE 183
Total Program Specific Credits 37
Total Credits for A.A.S. Degree 61