Surgical Technology, AAS
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Program Intro

The Surgical Technology–A45740 curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team.

Students will apply theoretical knowledge to the care of patients undergoing surgery and develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery, and assist surgeons during operations.

Employment opportunities include labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physicians’ offices, and central supply processing units.

Curriculum AAS Preview

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • BIO 163 – Basic Anat & Physiology
    This course provides a basic study of the structure and function of the human body.
  • SUR 110 – Intro to Surg Tech
    This course provides a comprehensive study of peri-operative care, patient care concepts, and professional practice concepts within the profession of surgical technology.

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • BIO 275 – Microbiology
    This course covers the principles of microbiology and the impact these organisms have on man and the environment.
  • SUR 122 – Surgical Procedures I
    This course provides an introduction to selected basic and intermediate surgical specialties that students are exposed to in the first clinical rotation.

SAMPLE COURSES

  • MAT 110 – Math Measurement & Literacy
    This course provides an activity-based approach that develops measurement skills and mathematical literacy using technology to solve problems for non-math intensive programs.
  • SUR 135 – SUR Clinical Practice II
    This course provides clinical experience with a variety of perioperative assignments to build skills required for complex perioperative patient care.

SAMPLE COURSES

  • HUM 115 – Critical Thinking
    This course introduces the use of critical thinking skills in the context of human conflict.
  • SUR 211 – Adv Theoretical Concepts
    This course covers the theoretical knowledge required for the extension of the surgical technologist role.

SAMPLE COURSES

  • Com 231 – Public Speaking
    This course provides instruction and experience in the preparation and delivery of speeches within a public setting and group discussion.
  • SUR 137 – Professional Success Prep
    This course provides employability skills and an overview of theoretical knowledge in preparation for certification.

Curriculum Diploma Preview

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • BIO 163 – Basic Anat & Physiology
    This course provides a basic study of the structure and function of the human body.
  • SUR 110 – Intro to Surg Tech
    This course provides a comprehensive study of peri-operative care, patient care concepts, and professional practice concepts within the profession of surgical technology.

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • BIO 275 – Microbiology
    This course covers principles of microbiology and the impact these organisms have on man and the environment.
  • SUR 122 – Surgical Procedures I
    This course provides an introduction to selected basic and intermediate surgical specialties that students are exposed to in the first clinical rotation.

SAMPLE COURSES

  • SUR 134 – Surgical Procedures II
    This course provides a comprehensive study of intermediate and advanced surgical specialties that students are exposed to in the second clinical rotation.
  • SUR 135 – SUR Clinical Practice II
    This course provides clinical experience with a variety of perioperative assignments to build skills required for complex perioperative patient care.

Program Requirements

BEFORE applying to the Surgical Technology program, an applicant must satisfy the math and PSB or ACT prerequisites. Students must also complete any needed developmental reading or English courses before applying to the Surgical Technology program.
MATH
An applicant must submit documentation of one of the following before receiving the Surgical Technology application packet:

  • An unweighted high school GPA of 2.8+ from a College Prep Curriculum valid within 10 years of enrollment
  • Qualifying placement scores or a grade of “P” for DMA 010-080 within the past 10 years.
  • MAT 080 with a grade of “C” or higher within the past 10 years.
  • RISE placement or transition studies showing mastery of Units 1-12 (Tier 2) within the past 10 years.
  • Students who have completed a college approved math course such as MAT 122, MAT 141, MAT 151, MAT 152, MAT 161, MAT 171, or MAT 263 with a “C” or better may meet the math requirement.

Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) EXAM or ACT:

  • All Surgical Technology Applicants are required to take the PSB or ACT EXAM. The score report must be submitted with your application. See Step 4 for guidelines, study guides, test dates, how to pay and register for the PSB or ACT test.

NOTE: Currently enrolled LCC students skip to step 2. If you are currently not attending LCC and you are applying to a second Health Sciences Program and have already completed step 1, skip to step 2.

Complete an online LCC Application for Admission. Select Pre-Surgical Technology A10300SU as the major. Select 2021 FA as the start term. As part of the general admissions process, submit an official high school transcript, official transcripts from all other colleges attended, and placement scores if applicable. Set up your LancerLOGIN Account so that you can access your LancerMAIL. Acceptance into a Pre–Health Sciences program does not guarantee acceptance into the Health Sciences program.

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Applications are accepted from qualified applicants each year beginning in September. Intent to Apply forms will close on January 21, 2022.

Step 1 must be completed before submitting the Intent to Apply form. Any course prerequisites must be satisfied before submitting the Intent to Apply form. A confirmation email will be sent indicating that your Intent to Apply form was received.

Intent to Apply

The Health Sciences Advisor will review your transcripts and a second email will be sent indicating requirements have been met for biology and math. A Health Sciences Application Packet will be sent as an attachment in the email, as well. If you have not provided proof of the math and/or biology requirements, an email will be sent requesting you contact the Health Sciences Admissions Advisor to provide missing information: dpwilliams01@lenoircc.edu. If you have not taken the ACT or PSB exam, complete Step 4 now.

Most Health Science applicants are required to take the ACT or PSB Exam. The score report must be submitted with your application.

ACT/PSB Testing Information

Applications and any additional paperwork required must be submitted no later than January 31, 2022, by 3 p.m. An application, official transcripts, a checklist and an ACT or PSB score are required. If you did not complete BIO 168 and BIO 169 prior to receiving the Health Sciences application and checklist, and you attended another college, you must submit an official transcript showing your grades for these courses. If you are enrolled in BIO 169 at another college for the spring semester, you must submit proof of enrollment.

Accreditation Outcomes

CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) and ARC/STSA (Accreditation Review Council on Education on Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting) accredited programs are required to meet outcome benchmarks each year.

Outcomes include but are not limited to:

2020 Certified Technology Exam 60%
2019 Certified Technology Exam 91%
2018 Certified Technology Exam 93%
2017 Certified Technology Exam 93%
2016 Certified Technology Exam 100%

Paying for College

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Who to Contact

For more admissions information:
Donna Phillips Williams
Student Services Office Manager

Admin. (Bldg 3), Room 140F
Phone: (252) 527-6223, ext. 385
Fax: (252) 233-6897
Email: dpwilliams01@lenoircc.edu

For more information:
Ashley Sutton
Surgical Technology Program Chair/Instructor

Health Sciences (Bldg 13), Room 232
Phone: (252) 527-6223, ext. 802
Fax: (252) 520-9598
Email: amsutton68@lenoircc.edu

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