Surgical Technology simulation lab

Surgical Technology

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Surgical Technology Application Deadline Extended – NO PREREQUISITES REQUIRED ... Learn More

The 2022 Surgical Technology Application deadline has been extended to May 30, 2022. There are no pre-requisites required to apply. Please note that all general education courses must be taken on-line during or prior to the following semesters while in the program:

  • BIO 1006 – Basic Anatomy & Physiology (Fall 2022)
  • BIO 1016 – Introduction to Human Diseases (Fall 2023)
  • HPR 1039 – Medical Terminology (Summer 2023)
  • COM 1250 – Interpersonal Communication OR COM1105 Career Communication (Fall 2023)
  • COM 2063 – Conflict Resolution (Spring 2023)
  • COM 2069 – Leadership (Spring 2023)
  • ENG 1021 – English Composition (Summer 2023)

Please contact Diana Montoya at 719-549-3279 in you have any questions.

Why PCC?

A surgical technologist is a vital member of the operating room team. Through quality classroom and hands-on training, PCC’s experienced instructors will prepare you to immediately assume the wide range of entry-level responsibilities in the profession of Surgical Technology. 

What will I learn?

PCC’s Surgical Technology program will provide you with entry-level experience in surgical techniques, patient preparation, preparing the OR, creating and maintaining a sterile field, scrubbing, gowning and gloving, draping, and utilizing surgical case management. You will learn how to apply hemostasis; use sutures, needles and stapling devices; handle specimens; understand surgical pharmacology and anesthesia; prepare controlled medications on the sterile field; apply wound care and dressing applications; and utilize the principles of asepsis.

Additionally, you will be prepared to handle sharps safely; manage surgical instrumentation, supplies and equipment during surgical procedures; perform surgical counts; and carry out the necessary skills needed to process and sterilize instrumentation and supplies properly.

Finally, you will participate in extensive clinical rotations within hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers to gain experience working in the operating room with certified surgical technologists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, circulating nurses and other qualified OR team members.

After successfully completing the program, you will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technology given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Upon passing the exam, you can practice as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

 

Application Requirement

The PCC Surgical Technology program is five (5) semesters in length starting each fall and is a full time, Monday thru Friday program with lecture, lab and clinical components. The program has limited entry based on current clinical contracts and requires that candidates submit a program application by May 15th of each year and participate in a hands-on interviewing process for admittance.  
 

Beginning in fall 2023, the following general education courses are pre-requisites: BIO1006 Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology, BIO1016 Introduction to Human Diseases, ENG1021 English Composition I and COM1105 Career Communication or COM1250 Interpersonal Communication. Students may substitute BIO2101/BIO2102 Human Anatomy I & II for BIO1006 and BIO2104 Microbiology for BIO1016. If you are completing a pre-requisite course in the summer semester 2022, please notate this as IP (in process) in your application.
 

All other general education courses must be taken as on-line courses prior to or as outlined in the Surgical Technology degree pathway.

 

Accreditation

The PCC Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs | 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158 | Clearwater, FL 33763 | 727-210-2350 | www.caahep.org

 

Marijuana Policy

THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana, including prescription marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

The licensure requirements for Surgical Technology may differ between all 50 states and U.S. territories.  

Pueblo Community College (PCC) recommends each student visit National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting to identify the program requirements for each state in which you plan to live and practice.  

PCC can only guarantee that the requirements for the state of Colorado are met with our program. The program does not meet requirements in other states. Colorado Surgical Assistant and Surgical Technologist  

PCC has not determined if the Surgical Technology meets applicable state requirements for the following states and territories: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Degree & Certificate Offerings in Surgical Technology:

Surgical Technology, AAS

Award/Program Credits
63

Program Information

Location
Pueblo Campus
Pathway
Health Professions
Awards
AAS
Course Availability
Day
Clinicals: Day, Evening, Weekends
Program Start
Fall
Program Length
5 Semesters