Surgical Technology

The Anoka Technical College Surgical Technology associate in applied science (AAS) degree is a 60-credit program.  Students develop skills in all phases of operating room procedures and techniques. The program concludes with actual clinical experience in the operating room.

Students study:
  • Operating room techniques
  • Surgical procedures 
  • Surgical instruments and equipment
  • Students study surgical microbiology
  • Surgical pharmacology
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Asepsis (sterile technique)
  • Preparation of the patient for surgery
  • Physical conditions that make it necessary for a person to have surgery

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Prerequisites

A background in general math, anatomy/physiology, biology, health and life sciences, medical terminology, and nursing assistant skills can be helpful. Prospective students should have the ability to work under stress, the stamina to stand for many hours without relief, and the ability to lift and move heavy operating room equipment and anesthetized patients.

Students are strongly encouraged to take the Hepatitis B vaccine.

Test Requirements

Test requirements must be completed before admission to the Surgical Technology program. 
MATH
A score of 81 or higher on the Arithmetic portion of the ACCUPLACER test taken within the past 2 years or MATH 0801 with a grade of C or better within the past 2 years
SENTENCE SKILLS
A score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the ACCUPLACER test taken within the past 2 years or ENGL 0101 with a grade of C or better within the past 2 years
READING
A score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comp portion of the ACCUPLACER test taken within the past 2 years or READ 0900 with a grade of C or better within the past 2 years.

A medical examinationis REQUIRED. A medical doctor’s physical examination to verify good physical and emotional health with positive Rubella Titer or evidence of immunization is mandatory. Students are also strongly encouraged to take the Hepatitis B vaccine.

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Background Study

State law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health care facility have a background study conducted by the state. A student who is disqualified as a result of a background check will not be allowed to enter the program major. A student must receive a “Background Study Clearance” within 90 days preceding the start of clinical or fieldwork courses to be placed at a partnering facility. Any student failing to receive clearance will be disqualified from enrollment in the course. Arrests, charges, or convictions of criminal offenses may cause a student to fail a background study. If a student is disqualified, the student has the right to request reconsideration of the disqualification. It is the responsibility of the student to request consideration by the MN Department of Health Commissioner if he or she chooses to do so. An applicant is considered to be disqualified while in the reconsideration process.

 

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 60
 Technical Education Requirements

 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 COMP 1002  Computer Technologies for Communication
2
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology
2
 SURG 1003  Sterile Processing
3
 SURG 1005  Surgical Microbiology
2
 SURG 1010  Surgical Pharmacology
2
 SURG 1026  Operating Room Theory
2
 SURG 1027  Operating Room Techniques
4
 SURG 1035  Operating Room Procedures I
4
**SURG 1037  Operating Room Procedures II
4
**SURG 2000  OR (Operating Room) Clinical
16
 TOTAL    41

* SURG 1037 and **SURG 2000 must be taken concurrently

 General Education/MnTC Requirements

 Nineteen (19) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 BIOL1106  Introduction to Biology 4
 BIOL2100  Anatomy and Physiology I 4
 BIOL2200  Anatomy and Physiology II 4
 PSYC1405  Lifespan Development
4
      OR    
 PSYC1505  General Psychology
 SPCH1120  Public Speaking
3
      OR  
 SPCH1200  Interpersonal Communications

 TOTAL    19

Full-Time Sequence

 FULL-TIME Sequence
 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 *BIOL 2100  Anatomy & Physiology I
4
 COMP 1002  Computer Technologies for Communication
2
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology
2
 PSYC 1505  General Psychology
4
 
 TOTAL  
13
 
 Spring Semester
 BIOL 2200  Anatomy & Physiology II
4
 SPCH 1200  Interpersonal Communications
3
      OR    
 SPCH 1120  Public Speaking

 SURG 1003  Sterile Processing
3
 SURG 1005  Surgical Microbiology
2
 
 TOTAL  
12
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 SURG 1010  Surgical Pharmacology
2
 SURG 1026  Operating Room Theory
2
 SURG 1027  Operating Room Techniques
4
 SURG 1035  Operating Room Procedures I
4
 
 TOTAL  
12
 
 Spring Semester
 SURG 1037  Operating Room Procedures II
4
 SURG 2000  OR (Operating Room) Clinical
16
 
 TOTAL  
20

* BIOL 1106 (4 credits) is a prerequisite course for BIOL 2100

Clinicals

Clinical hospitals are located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Students must provide their own transportation to and from these assigned clinical sites and pay for any parking fees.

 

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Accreditation

The Anoka Technical College Surgical Technology program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP):

1361 Park St
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Certification

Graduates of the Anoka Technical College Surgical Technology program are eligible to take the National Certification Examination for Surgical Technologists.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Surgical Technology program graduates are qualified to work in hospital operating rooms, day surgery units, OB labor and delivery, cardiovascular labs, and research labs. Overtime and call time will vary with position and place of employment.

With additional training, some technologists advance to first assistants, who help retract, sponge, and suture during surgery. They also help close and treat wounds.

Some technologists manage supply departments in hospitals. Others take jobs with insurance companies, supply services, or medical equipment companies.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Industry Information

Surgical technologists function mainly as a scrub person in a hospital operating room. The technologist sets up the instruments, drapes, sutures, and supplies for surgical procedures, assists the surgeon and other operating team members with gowning and gloving for surgery, and hands instruments, sutures and supplies to the surgeon throughout the operative procedure.

Surgical technologists work closely with surgeons and registered nurses, are able to anticipate the needs of the physician during surgery, and assist in the care of the patient during surgical procedures.

The ability to perform under pressure in stressful and emergency situations is a quality essential to surgical technologists. A stable temperament, a strong sense of responsibility, considerable patience, and concern for order are also required. Manual dexterity and physical stamina are vital. Technologists must be able to work quickly and accurately, be oriented to detail and integrate a number of activities according to priority. Technologists must be keenly sensitive to the needs of the patient, as well as to the needs of other members of the surgical team. Individuals who practice this profession have a strong desire to help others and make a valuable contribution to society.

Faculty

Becky Driscoll
763-576-4119

Rita Schutz
763-576-4123

Award

AAS Degree

Delivery

Days

Start

Fall: August
Application process for the second year begins in March

Contact

Becky Driscoll
763-576-4119

Rita Schutz
763-576-4123