Mar 27, 2023  
Course/Program Inventory 
Course/Program Inventory

Surgical Technology

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Proposed Academic Program Inventory Title including concentrations: (No concentrations are provided.)
A.A.S. in Surgical Technology, Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Allied Health with concentrations in Surgical Technology


CIP Code:  51.0909 Surgical Technology

SOC Code/s:
SOC 1:  29-2055.00  

Program Description:  The Surgical Technology program is designed to prepare students for careers as members of a surgical team in the operating room under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions appropriately, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Instruction includes a combination of classroom work and clinical experience in the operating room/delivery room which enables the technologist to assist surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses with client care and related services. Special emphasis is placed upon the skills involved in scrubbing and circulating duties during surgical procedures and in the preparation and maintenance of sterile and non-sterile supplies. This program is comprised of theory and clinical experience. The theory includes courses in the basic sciences and related subjects. The correlated clinical instruction stresses manual dexterity in using surgical instruments, the application of aseptic technique, and safe patient care. Emphasis is also placed on medical ethics and legal considerations. Following successful completion of the program, students are qualified to sit for the National Certifying Examination.

Program Outcomes:   Following successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Certification. The program will prepare the student for the Certified Surgical Technologist Examination. Students who complete the examination gain the credential of Certified Surgical Technologist.

Professional Accrediting Body: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 727-210-2350) in collaboration with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110, Littleton, CO 80120, Phone: 303-694-9262)

State Agency/Entity Oversight: If applicable
Applicable Certification/License or Industry-recognized Certificates to Be Awarded: If applicable
(At NaSCC testing is a requirement for program completion).

Articulation with Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT): 
TCAT transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis until a system-wide articulation is established.


General Education Requirements*

Course 15-16 SCH
ENGL 1010 - English Composition I   3 semester hours
*Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 semester hours 
*Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 semester hours
*Natural Science/Mathematics 3-4 semester hours 
One additional course from the categories of Communication, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Sciences, or Natural Science/Mathematics 3-4 semester hours

(When faculty design their curriculum, advising templates should be developed (and curriculum maps developed) that list one to three specific courses they believe are most appropriate for this discipline.  If the students request to take other approved courses, this can be approved by the advisor.)

*All General Education Courses must be chosen from a campus-approved list.

Electives for Completion of Program

BIOL 1000 Medical Terminology 3 credits
BIOL 1004 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 3 credits
BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy & Physiology  3 credits
BIOL 2011 Human Anatomy and Physiology I lab        1 credit
BIOL 2020 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II      3 credits
BIOL 2021 Human Anatomy & Physiology II lab  1 credit
BIOL 2230 Introduction to Microbiology 3 credits
BIOL 2231 Introduction to Microbiology lab  1 credit
ALHS 1010 - Introduction to Health Sciences   3 credits
HHP 1300 First Aid and CPR 3 credits 
(The rubric for the two courses above may be ALHS once the ALHS Library is established.)
HIMT 1308 - Introduction to Health-Related Professions   3 credits
HRPR 1000 Intro to Health-Related Professions 3 credits 
(Note:  The two courses above are the same but because different institutions offer different programs, both are needed at this time.  These courses should be cross-listed or in some way identified as the same course should transfer be needed.)
HIMT 1300 - Medical Terminology   3 credits
ADMN 1306 - Medical Terminology I   1 3 credits
INFS 1010 - Computer Applications   3 credits
PSYC 1030 - General Psychology   3 credits
BIOL 2010 - Anatomy and Physiology I   4 credits
BIOL 2020 - Anatomy and Physiology II   4 credits
BIOL 2030 - Microbiology   4 credits
MATH 1530 - Introductory Statistics   3 credits
ENGL 1020 - English Composition II   3 credits
SPCH 1010 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication   3 credits
PSYC 2130 - Life Span Psychology   3 credits
BIOL 1215, BIOL 1430, DIET 1310 Principles of Nutrition 3 credits
HED 2210, HPED 220, HEC 231 Principles of Nutrition 3 credits
SURG 2199 - Special Topics   1 credit
SURG 2299 - Special Topics   2 credits
SURG 2399 - Special Topics   3 credits
PHIL 1111 Introduction to Ethics 3 credits
EMTP 1015 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1 credit

The following certificate courses are embedded at Nashville State Community College and available for use in the AAS in Surgical Technology. However, these courses may not transfer to other degree programs in Surgical Technology. Students should be appropriately advised.

CSPT 1401 - Introduction to Central Processing Technology   4 credits    
CSPT 1102 - Central Processing Lab   1 credit
CSPT 1310 - Central Processing Capstone   3 credits
CSPT 1511 - Central Processing Practicum I   5 credits
CSPT 1412 - Central Processing Practicum II   4 credits
HIP 1300 First Aid and CPR  

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