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2022-2023 Catalog 
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Surgical Technology (A.A.S.)

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Special Admission Requirements - Rolling Admission

Official Title of Major: Surgical Technology, A.A.S.

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S.


Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 65

Learn more about the Surgical Technology Degree program

Purpose: The Surgical Technology program provides didactic, lab, and clinical experiences that prepare students to become integral members of the surgical team. Students learn to manage the sterile field and to provide safe care of the surgical patient. Graduates of the program are prepared to take the national certification exam (CST) and to be employed as entry-level surgical technologists.

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

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.

Additional Program Requirements

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

Range of Occupations

  • Surgical technologist

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.


Honors Program Courses

If you qualify for the Honors Program, you may take honors versions  of some courses (such as ENG 101H , ENG 102H , etc.).

Entrance/Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

To view all entrance/admission details, please go to Surgical Technology Admissions Requirements.

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening

This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and possible drug screening. For complete details, see Health Sciences Criminal Background & Drug Screening.

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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Total credit hours: 11

Program Requirements

Mathematics (general education requirement): 3-4 credits

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

Total credit hours: 14-15

Total credit hours: 12

Second Year - Term 1

Arts and Humanities (general education requirement): 3 credits

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

Total credit hours: 12

Total credit hours: 16

Program Outcomes

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

  1. Obtain employment as a competent entry-level surgical technologist.

  2. Utilize technical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to adapt to the dynamic nature of the surgical environment.

  3. Discuss surgical procedures and the needs of the surgical patient by integrating knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, pharmacology, pathophysiology, instrumentation, and the duties of a surgical technologist.

  4. Model positive affective behaviors that include responsibility, initiative, respect for others, and appropriate response to constructive feedback.

  5. Pass the national certification exam at a level meeting or exceeding the current accreditation standard.

  6. Exhibit awareness of the value of each surgical patient as a “whole person” with diverse needs, acting above all else, in furtherance of the safety and welfare of each patient.

  7. Practice the profession of surgical technology within established ethical and legal principles, reflecting a commitment to surgical conscience, ethical decision making, and continuing education.
  8. Demonstrate effective communication skills that facilitate the ability to work collaboratively in educational and professional settings and particularly in caring for the surgical patient.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

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