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Surgical Technology

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Regular tuition is approximately $3500. Estimated cost for books and supplies is $400.

The SURG program takes 2 semesters, or 32 credit hours (not including prerequisite credit hours).

A: MA 1100 – Medical Terminology                                                                                                                                                                       2 cr Course uses videos, supplemented lecture and covers over 350 medical word roots, suffixes, prefixes. Emphasis placed on pronunciation, spelling, proper usage of medical terminology. Medical abbreviations are also introduced.

COMM 1010 – Elements of Eff. Comm (CM,IN)                                                                                                                                               3 cr Communication principles and practice applied in dyadic, group, written, electronic, and oral presentation assignments. Listening, perception, verbal clarity, nonverbal, diversity, conflict management and interviewing in workplace and interpersonal settings.

PSY 1100 – Lifespan Human Growth and Development (SS)                                                                                                                      3 cr Fundamentals of growth and development relating to effective human relationships within the family and the study of behavior and cultural influences from infancy through adulthood.

SURG 1200 – Intro to Surgical Technology                                                                                                                                                      6 cr Prereq: Admission into program. Fundamentals course in Surgical Technology.

SURG 1250 – Advanced Surgical Theory                                                                                                                                                         6 cr Prereq: SURG 1200 and BIOL 2320/2325. Course introduces students to more advanced surgical practices including surgical anatomy and procedures in the core surgical areas.

SURG 1500 – Surgical Procedures 1                                                                                                                                                                1 cr Prereq: Admission into program. Coreq: SURG 1510. Course introduces student to more advanced surgical practices and surgical procedures.

SURG 1510 – Surgical Practicum 1                                                                                                                                                                   5 cr Prereq: Admission into program. Coreq: SURG 1500. A cooperative education work experience in a clinical health facility under the direct supervision of the personnel in the facility. Student expected to meet objectives.

SURG 1600 – Comprehensive Surg. Technology                                                                                                                                           1 cr Prereq: Admission into program. Coreq: SURG 1610. A review of Surgical Technology knowledge learned throughout the program to prepare students to pass the Program Assessment exam, and the NBSTSA exam.

SURG 1610 – Surgical Practicum 2                                                                                                                                                                   5 cr Prereq: Admission into program. Coreq: SURG 1600. Course is a co-op work experience in a clinical health facility under direct supervision of personnel in facility. Student is expected to meet certain objectives.

Sample Schedule (below)

Fall Semester CR Spring Semester CR
PSY 1210/1100 Human/Personal Growth & Dev 3 COMM 1010 Elem Eff Comm 3
MA 1100 Medical Terminology 2 SURG 1500 Surgical Procedures 1
SURG 1200 Intro Surgical Technology   6 SURG 1510 Surgical Practicum I 5
SURG 1250 Adv Surgical Technology 6 SURG 1600 Comprehensive Surg Tech 1
SURG 1610 Surgical Practicum II 5
Total 17 Total 15

No, in order to complete the SURG program in two semesters, students must attend full-time.

COMM 1010, PSY 1100, and MA 1100 are offered online. All of the SURG prerequisites are offered online, except BIOL 2320 and BIOL 2325. Go to the SLCC Class Schedule[] link to see all SLCC online classes.

SURG program courses are offered during the morning from approximately 8:00am to 11:50am and in the evening, approximately 5:00pm to 6:50pm on one or more weekdays. SURG program students will be placed at clinical sites in the second semester from about 7:00am to 3:00pm, Monday through Thursday.

Please see Admissions for information about the admission process for the SURG program.

Students are admitted to the SURG program every Fall Semester.

There are 18 seats available per cohort every Fall Semester.

There is no waitlist for the SURG program.

Yes, the SURG program applicant needs to submit current CPR Certification Card upon application to the SURG program.

Students can apply for financial aid by going to the Financial Aid webpage.

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