Surgical Technology


AAS Associate Program
Division of Health Professions

Surgical Technologists play a crucial role on surgical teams, working closely with surgeons, registered nurses, and anesthesiologists to provide the best possible care for the patient undergoing a surgical intervention. The primary role of the surgical technologist, or “scrub tech,” as they’re often called, is to prepare a sterile field and pass instruments to the surgeon during the surgical procedure. Surgical Technologists should possess a stable temperament, manual dexterity, physical stamina and the ability to integrate and prioritize a variety of activities.

The surgical technologist’s professional role and concepts relating to patient need, surgical conditions, asepsis, surgical routines, human behavior, communication, and caring provide the framework for Trocaire’s AAS in Surgical Technology program. As the student progresses through the curriculum, classroom theory is applied to clinical practice in the operating room setting. A mix of laboratory practice and hospital operating room experiences during the first year introduces the student to the operating room environment, and the second year emphasizes clinical experience in a broad range of surgical specialties and settings to prepare the student for future practice as a surgical technologist.

AAS:  Surgical Technology Program Format

Time of Program:  Day, Evening

Mode of Delivery:  On-site/Seated


ST policy manual FA2017-SP2018

Surgical Technology Program Outcomes

CAAHEP Requirement-Student Achievement

Accreditation Information

Trocaire College’s AAS in Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology in cooperation with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA)
6 West Dry Creek Circle Suite 110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: 1 (303) 694-9262
Fax: 1 (303) 741-3655

Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, Florida 33763
Phone:1 (727) 210-2350
Fax:  1 (727) 210-2354

National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA)
6 West Dry Creek Circle Suite 100
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: 1 (800) 707-0057
Fax: 1 (303) 325-2536



The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 14,700 new jobs and employment growth of nearly 15 percent between 2014 and 2024.

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Program Requirements

Admission Requirements:

  • High School Diploma (minimum 85% average) or GED Diploma with a minimum score of 2750
  • One (1) unit High School or College Biology
  • 4 semester average with minimum grades of “C” in laboratory sciences for current and transfer students
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate is required prior to clinical experiences
  • Students applying for programs in the health professions are required to participate in two stages of academic preparedness. Initial admittance to a health science program places a student into a “pre-professional” component. Admittance into the “professional” component is not guaranteed. Students must meet established academic standards. Students should speak with an Admissions counselor or Program Director prior to registration to insure they understand all of the academic requirements for advancement in the program of their choice.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

  • A total of at least 60 semester hours with a GPA of 2.0
  • General Education Requirements:
    • College Seminar (GS100) orCollege Success (GS102)
    • Humanities (EN101)
    • Mathematics (MA111)
    • Natural Science* (BIO130/130L, BIO131/131L, BIO223/223L)
    • Philosophy (PH103, PH205)
    • Social Science (PSY101, and one, 3 credit social science elective)
    • Medical Terminology (MB119)
  • Program-specific Requirements:*
    • ST101, ST103, ST104, ST106, ST201, ST202, ST203, ST204
    • *A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) is required

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
  • Medical Terminology
  • College Seminar*
    College Success*
  • Introduction to Surgical Technology
  • Clinical Education I

Semester 1

14 /16

  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
  • Introduction to Literature
  • General Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Surgical Technology
  • Clinical Education II

Semester 2


  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology Laboratory
  • College Algebra and Statistics with Business Applications
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Advanced Surgical Technology
  • Clinical Education III

Semester 3


  • Ethics in Health Care
  • Social Science Elective
  • Specialized Surgical Technology
  • Clinical Education IV

Semester 4