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AS in Surgical Technology

Virginia College's Associate in Surgical Technology program is designed to prepare students to assist with patient care during many types of surgery. Learn more about the Associate in Surgical Technology program at Virginia College here.

Official Program Name:

Associate in Surgical Technology

School Offering Program:

Virginia College

Program Prerequisites:

Students seeking to enter the Associate in Surgical Technology program should have earned a high school diploma or the equivalent. They could also have completed a diploma program for surgical technologists. They should have some experience or interest in working with doctors and other medical personnel in a surgical healthcare setting.

Program Description:

Students of Virginia College's Associate in Surgical Technology program are provided with the opportunity to learn the technical and clinical skills required to become surgical technologists. Program coursework covers surgical equipment and instrumentation, pharmacology, microbiology, and various surgical techniques. The program is designed to teach students how to assist patients before, during, and after general, reconstructive, vascular, neurological, and other types of surgeries. Classroom instruction and hands-on labs are combined with clinical experiences. The Associate in Surgical Technology program is offered at several Virginia College campuses.

Learning Format:

Campus-Based

Total Credits Required:

96 quarter credit hours

Financial Aid Available:

The Virginia College Financial Planning Department is prepared to help discuss scholarships, Pell Grants, and student loans for those who qualify.

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Required Courses for an Associate in Surgical Technology:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Virginia College to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Surgical Technology

  • BIO 1120: Anatomy and Physiology: Body Structures (4 credits)
  • BIO 1130: Anatomy and Physiology: Organs and Systems (4 credits)
  • MED 1010: Medical Terminology (4 credits)
  • MED 1140: Medical Law and Ethics (4 credits)
  • MED 1210: Pathophysiology (4 credits)
  • SUR 1010: Aseptic Technique (4 credits)
  • SUR 1050: Patient Care for the Surgical Technologist (4 credits)
  • SUR 1500: Introduction to the Surgical Environment (4 credits)
  • SUR 1900: Microbiology for the Surgical Technologist (4 credits)
  • SUR 1960: Surgical Instrumentation and Equipment (4 credits)
  • SUR 2070: General and Specialized Surgical Procedures (4 credits)
  • SUR 2160: Specialty and Reconstructive Surgical Procedures (4 credits)
  • SUR 2170: Orthopaedic, Neurological, and Vascular Surgical Procedures (4 credits)
  • SUR 2190: Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist (4 credits)
  • SUR 2600: Surgical Technologist Externship (8 credits)

Foundation Requirements

  • EDU 1010: Learning Framework (4 credits)
  • EDU 1020: Career Exploration/Planning (4 credits)

General Education

Students select general education courses with the help of a Program Director.

  • Communications (12 credits)
  • Humanities and Fine Arts (4 credits)
  • Mathematics (4 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (4 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Virginia College's Associate in Surgical Technology program could further their education by pursuing a surgical technology concentration in a bachelor's degree program. Bachelor's degrees graduates could pursue include a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences or Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Studies. Obtaining a bachelor's degree could lead to increased responsibilities or advancement in the field.

Career Paths:

Completion of Virginia College's Associate in Surgical Technology program provides students with the opportunity to apply clinical skills and surgical techniques they might have learned in real medical settings. Graduates could work as surgical technologists in hospital operating rooms and in- and out-patient surgery centers.

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