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Surgical Technology (A.A.S.) - The Surgical Technology student is prepared to assume the role of surgical technologist in any surgical setting. In this program, the student is prepared to function in the areas of scrub, circulating assistant, and second assistant during surgical and obstetrical procedures. The graduate surgical technologist may elect to specialize in a particular area of surgery such as open heart, neuro, eye, orthopedics, and many others. Graduates are also employed in interventional suites, delivery rooms, ambulatory surgery centers, central supply units, organ retrieval/transplant teams, and surgical equipment sales. This two-year program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree and is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation from the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). Graduates are required to take the NBSTSA National Certifying Examination for Certified Surgical Technologists (CST).  All candidates must be legally eligible for employment and certification in the United States at the time of application.  You must be of good moral character as defined in the New York State Education Law as applicable to the profession of Surgical Technology. Background checks and random drug testing are required upon acceptance.  Meeting all these requirements does not guarantee an interview or acceptance. Accepted students must be able to complete the minimum 120 clinical case requirement in the “first scrub” and “second scrub” roles. Accepted students are expected to follow the policies as set forth in the college catalog and in the Surgical Technology Student handbook.

The CST is widely recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation and required for employment in NYS. Beginning in 2013, the program has annually received the National Merit Award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving a 96% graduate pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination.

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Surgical Technology
A.A.S. Program
Hegis Code: 5211

Total Credits: 64

First Semester Credits
AHS 101 Introduction to Allied Health Science 3
AHS 121 Surgical Technology I 5
AHS 131 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Mathematics Elective (1) 3
Total Semester Credits 15
Second Semester Credits
AHS 103 Fundamentals of Pharmacology 3
AHS 122 Surgical Technology II 6
AHS 132 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG 100 Enhanced Composition I or
ENG 101 Composition I or
ENG 108 The Craft of Composition / Honors English I (2)
Total Semester Credits 16
Third Semester Credits
AHS 123 Surgical Technology III 8
AHS 202 Medical Microbiology 4
PSY 203 General Psychology I 3
SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total Semester Credits 18
Fourth Semester Credits
AHS 124 Surgical Technology IV 8
COM 101 Interpersonal Communications 3
Humanities Elective (3) 3
PED Activity Course 1
Total Semester Credits 15

1. SUNY GER Mathematics.

2. Depending on placement.

3. SUNY GER Humanities.