Surgical Technology Associate in Science


The Surgical Technology Program at Great Bay Community College is the only Associate in Science degree program in the area. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology – a collaborative effort of the Association of Surgical Technologists and the American College of Surgeon, under the auspices of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and approved by the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST). The goal of the program is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists with the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) domains needed to be successful in their careers. Prior to graduation, students will sit for the national certification exam by taking a nationally administered written exam through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Surgical technologists are highly skilled members of the surgical team qualified by classroom education and supervised clinical experience. They work closely with the surgeon, anesthesiologist, registered nurse, and other surgical personnel to deliver the highest level of care for the surgical patient before, during, and after surgery. Surgical technologist work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation of tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

Surgical technologists have an understanding of the procedure being performed and anticipate the needs of the surgeon. They have the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care before and during the operative procedure and are constantly on vigil for maintenance of the sterile field. The surgical technologist handles the instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. Duties include setting up a sterile field, gowning and gloving other sterile team members, maintaining the highest standard of sterile technique during procedure, and assisting the surgeon during surgery.  With advanced training, surgical technologists may become first assistants who assist in complex surgical procedures such as open heart surgery. With additional education, they may become surgical nurses or instructors. Some surgical technologists assume management positions in hospital central supply departments or business firms such as sterile-supply services and operating-room equipment distributions.

The Surgical Technology program includes classroom courses in liberal arts, basic sciences, and surgical technology, along with clinical laboratory and supervised clinical experiences in community hospital operating rooms. Students may enroll in Liberal Arts and Science courses prior to admission in the Surgical Technology program. Students admitted into the Surgical Technology program must take surgical technology courses in sequence. Students must be able to complete and successfully pass Competency Based Objectives embedded within Surgical Technology courses in order to continue with the program. In order to continue in the program all students must achieve a minimum of “C” in all major theory and science courses (Surgical Technology, Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II, and Microbiology) and a “Pass” in all clinical courses. Surgical Technology students must be CPR certified by the time of their first clinical practicum and maintain certification throughout their senior year. Transportation to and from the practicum site is the responsibility of the student. Hospital regulations may restrict candidates from attending clinical practice who have been involved in civil or criminal legal proceedings. Questions may be directed to the student’s assigned clinical site.


Successful surgical technologists are emotionally and psychologically secure in themselves. They must be able to perform in high stress situations, adapt quickly to surgeon or patients needs, be able the handle constructive criticism, must recognize breaks in sterile technique and possess the surgical conscience to correct the break, and put the safety and needs of the patient first. A safe provider of care is prudent, trustworthy and protective of the surgical client’s physiological and psychological heath. They are sensitive to the needs of the patient and other team members, are able to set priorities, and perform in emergency situations in a quick, accurate detail-oriented manner. They are flexible and possess manual dexterity and physical stamina. The program is physically and mentally strenuous and requires some heavy lifting. Individuals who cannot meet the professional, mental and physical demands may have difficulty meeting course objectives and the requirements of the field.

Admission Criteria

Because of increased interest in the program, completion of the application process by April 30th is strongly recommended.

  1. Complete an application to the program.
  2. Provide an official copy of high school transcripts or GED.
  3. Provide proof of completion of high school biology, or equivalent with a grade of “C” or greater or proof of registration in a course with a projected completion date of August 30th of the current year. Computer background strongly recommended.
  4. Place into college level Math, Reading and Writing or demonstrate equivalent competencies through a college transcript or SAT scores.
  5. Complete a personal interview with the program director.
  1. Prior to Orientation to Surgical Clinical, applicants must:
    • Possess and maintain professional liability insurance (available at The College).
    • Submit a report of a current physical examination including all program required health screenings and immunizations.
    • Certify in American Heart Association CPR Healthcare Provider or Red Cross equivalent.
    • Have a baseline eye exam before first clinical practicum and after last clinical practicum if they have worked with lasers.
  2. Possess/maintain health/accident insurance.
  3. Complete a Level I criminal background check and drug screen.
  4. Submit and pass a 10 panel drug screen.

First Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
SURG114 Introduction to Surgical Technology Fundamentals 6 3 7
Classroom 6, Lab 3, Total 7
SURG115 Basic Instrumentation, Supplies and Equipment 0 3 1
Classroom 0, Lab 3, Total 1
AH110 Medical Terminology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
BIOL110 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
MATH145 Topics in Applied College Mathematics 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
Total Credits 19

First Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
SURG116 Advanced Instrumentation, Supplies and Equipment 0 3 1
Classroom 0, Lab 3, Total 1
SURG120 Surgical Procedures I 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
BIOL120 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
ENGL110 College Composition I 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
PSYC110 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 16

Summer Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
SURG123 Orientation to Surgical Clinical 0 40 2
Classroom 0, Lab 40, Total 2
Total Credits 2

Second Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
SURG210 Surgical Procedures II 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
SURG215 Surgical Clinical I 0 24 8
Classroom 0, Lab 24, Total 8
BIOL210 Microbiology 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
Total Credits 15

Second Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
SURG224 Surgical Procedures III/Special Considerations in Surgery 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
SURG225 Surgical Clinical II 0 24 8
Classroom 0, Lab 24, Total 8
English Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 18

Total Overall Credits : 70

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