Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS
Pathway: Medical Sciences
More Options: Classroom Based
Program Length: 4 Semesters
Location: Center for Healthcare Education and Simulation
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A Surgical Technologist is a pivotal member of the operating room team and this career requires a committed attitude and a certain set of patient centered qualities from those who practice in this profession. The Surgical Technology Program prepares you for an exciting career in a wide range of surgical settings, offering opportunities in hospital operating rooms, sterile processing, labor and delivery, ophthalmology, cardiovascular, plastics, orthopedics and many other specialties.
Students who successfully complete the PPCC Surgical Technology Program are able to than sit for the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technology given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). You can practice under the credentials of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) upon passing the exam.
Surgical Technologists have many different job titles such as scrub tech, operating room technician, surgical assistant or instrument technician. This is a very diverse job that does many tasks across the patient care setting.
For more career information, visit the Colorado Labor Market and search for surgical technologist.
$49,710 / yr
2020 U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics
Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030
2020 Bureau of Labor and Statistics
Below are a few examples of the classes you may take on your educational journey. Once you gain your degree you will be a competent, educated and marketable allied health professional.
This course examines the basics and theory of surgical practice and skills.
This course covers the basics of surgical pharmacology including the metric system, pharmacological theory, surgical drugs and aspects of anesthesia.
This course reviews general, obstetric/gynecological, orthopedic and other surgical procedures.view in catalog
Exhibit mastery of surgical and technical skills.
Display professional behaviors and leadership in a health care environment.
Communicate effectively and professionally with other allied health team members, family and patients.
Explain and implement best patient care practices.