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Surgical Technology, A.A.S.

Special Admission Requirements - Rolling Admission

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S. (code: AAS.SGT.SGT)

Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 66 credit hours.

Purpose: Prepares students for employment as entry-level Surgical Technologists in hospitals, surgical centers and other health care industries. Trains graduates to prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment; to work in the sterile surgical field with members of the surgical team; and to assist with the preparation and transport of the surgical patient. Prepares graduates for the Surgical Technologists national certification examination. The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

AACC cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in states other than Maryland.   If you plan to apply for licensure in a state other than Maryland, contact that state’s licensing board to determine whether the AACC course or program meets requirements for licensure in that state.  If you need assistance finding contact information for your state, or if you need additional information regarding professional licensure, please contact the School of Health Sciences at 410-777-7310.

Range of Occupations

  • Surgical technologist

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.


Anne Arundel Community College and/or the School of Health Sciences reserves the right to revise requirements for admission into the Health Sciences programs, the selection criteria and procedures, and the required courses for programs of study as deemed necessary without prior notification.


Entrance/Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. Attendance at a program information session. Call 410-777-7310 for schedule. Detailed information regarding program, profession, admission and academic requirements and selection criteria will be discussed. For online schedule, go to www.aacc.edu/healthsciences/infosessions.
  2. Submit a completed program application.
  3. High school graduate or equivalency or associate degree or higher from a nationally recognized institution. Official transcripts required.
  4. United States high school general chemistry (1 credit), CHE 011  (non-credit), or a college-level chemistry (CHE 111  or CHE 103 ) with a grade of C or better. If home schooled, the high school curriculum must be under a recognized umbrella organization with the supervision of a state-approved curriculum. AACC may require a course syllabus so that our chemistry department chair can review and approve the curriculum.
  5. Eligibility for ENG 111  or ENG 115  or ENG 121 .
  6. Eligibility for general education math (see General Education Mathematics Requirements ).
  7. If developmental courses in English or mathematics are needed, the student will not be eligible for the program until completion of all developmental courses.
  8. Foreign educated students: must have their college and high school transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluators: ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) at www.ece.org or WES (World Education Services) at www.wes.org.
  9. Foreign educated students: must successfully pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 550 (213 is the equivalent computer score and 79 is the equivalent Internet-based score) OR must have completed the ENG 111 /ENG 112  or ENG 115 /ENG 116  or ENG 121  course sequence with grades of C or better prior to applying to the Surgical Technology program. Anne Arundel Community College’s code for TOEFL is 5019.
  10. Satisfactory completion of criminal background check.
  11. Submission of completed health examination record.
  12. Submission of current American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers certification card.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for conditional acceptance, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must satisfactorily complete all academic and admission requirements.
  • Must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college.
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses by the date the application is submitted.
  • Official transcripts, if applicable.
  • Final acceptance into the program shall be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and satisfactory completion of a health examination record.

Technical Standards

Students who are conditionally accepted to this program of study will be required to submit a Health Examination Record completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant validating that the student meets the technical standard of good physical and mental health as established by the School of Health Sciences, and verifying that the student is free of communicable diseases as evidenced by required immunizations/titers.


Students must successfully complete the American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR for Health Care Providers course by designated deadline.

Enrollment Restrictions

Limitations of hospital, clinical or laboratory facilities necessitate certain enrollment restrictions. An applicant who has been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor may not be eligible for licensure as a Surgical Technologist. See the Surgical Technology department coordinator for additional information.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening

This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and possible drug screening. For complete details, see the Health Sciences  section of this catalog.

Degree/Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements

A grade of C or better in each surgical technology and general education course is required to progress in the program.

Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses

AACC faculty developed the following sequence of courses to encourage greater success in each student’s program of study.  This sequence incorporates all of the student’s admissions requirements for this degree and provides the student with essential notes to guide their success.  It is recommended that students view and save this as they plan courses for this degree.


Click Here to View, Save or Print a PDF Copy of the Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses and Admissions Requirements    




Total credit hours: 11

Program Requirements

English: 3 credits

Mathematics (general education requirement): 3-4 credits

See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Total credit hours: 13-14

Arts and Humanities (general education requirement): 3 credits

Must meet diversity requirement, see General Education Arts and Humanities Requirements .

Total credit hours: 14

Total credit hours: 15

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Utilize technical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in their didactic and clinical experiences.
  • Practice their profession within the established ethical and legal framework, utilizing sound ethical values.
  • Promote and maintain cooperative and successful relationships between clients, patients, physicians, allied health providers, and the health care community.
  • Promote advocacy of the profession through affiliations with professional organizations, marketing of professional skills, and by becoming vital members of the health care delivery system.
  • Obtain eligibility to sit for certification and/or registration exams.
  • Practice the profession of surgical technology with the recognition of, and sensitivity to, cultural and socioeconomic differences.
  • Demonstrate effective written, oral, and nonverbal communication with colleagues, other health care providers, and the public.
  • Participate in continuing education and the development of new knowledge and skills.
  • Make a substantial contribution in the United States and globally to the quality of health care.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies. For a full list of Core Competencies, click here.

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Transfer Agreements

Agreements may exist for this program of study. To access agreements, go to www.aacc.edu/transfer.