Surgical Technology


The Anoka Technical College Surgical Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is a 60-credit program designed to develop skills in all phases of operating room procedures and techniques, including clinical experience in the operating room.

In addition to 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,and the physical conditions that make it necessary for a person to have surgery.

 

 Important Dates and Information
 Application Dates

TEAS Test Prep
Please contact Metro North ABE for more information or this link to TEAS V Test Prep

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.

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

Steps for the application process for Surgical Technology AAS:

  1. Completion of the Sterile Processing certificate
  2. TEAS for Allied Health Programs with a Minimum score of 60%
Second year courses are restricted to students admitted to the Surgical Technology program.  A medical exam is REQUIRED.

 

Background Study

Clinical hospitals are located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, and students must provide their own transportation to and from these assigned clinical sites and pay for any parking fees. 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.

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 reconsideration by the Commissioner of Health, if he or she chooses to do so. An applicant is considered to be disqualified while in the reconsideration process. A student who has been disqualified will not be sent to a clinical site.

 

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 60
 Technical Education Requirements

 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 Completion of the Sterile Processing Certificate
9
 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:
 MnTC are completed with Sterile Processing Certificate
19
 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 1405
 Lifespan Development
        4
     OR    
 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
 The first two semesters are completed during the Sterile Processing Certificate
 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

Collect seven passed independent evaluation forms from assigned hospital staff, including one passed independent evaluation by the clinical instructor assuring mastery of clinical objectives, outcomes, and validation of staff evaluations.

Complete 120 cases: 30 cases in General surgery (20 must be first scrub role) and 90 cases in specialty areas (60 must be in the first scrub role)

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certification must meet a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.  Contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

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):

25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Certification

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

Certification Exam Results

May 2016 100%

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College programs or into another college, please visit:

Industry Information

A surgical technologist functions 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 for 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.

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.

Faculty

Becky Driscoll
763-576-4119

Rita Schutz
763-576-4123

For service during summer hours contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

Award

AAS Degree

Delivery

Days

Start

Fall: August
Spring: January

Contact

Becky Driscoll
763-576-4119

Rita Schutz
763-576-4123

Enrollment Services
763-576-7710