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2020-2021 College Catalog 
2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surgical Technology, A.A.S.

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HEGIS: 5211.00
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Prof. Jorge Zamudio


The Surgical Technology AAS degree prepares students with the professional training and hands-on experience for a career as a Surgical Technologist. The degree provides a balance of general education courses and introduces students to the theory and practice of Surgical Technology and Perioperative practice through classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences. The curriculum prepares students to function as crucial members of the surgical team and demonstrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, aseptic techniques, surgical procedures and instrumentation, and the professional and ethical responsibilities of the surgical technologist. Students are prepared to recognize the variety of a patient’s needs and the impact of personal, physical, emotional, and cultural experiences in patient interaction, care, and treatment. Students are eligible for licensure exam(s) after the successful completion of the course of study presented in this degree program.

The curriculum presented here applies to students who started the major in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. If you enrolled as a matriculant prior to that, please see the College Catalog for the year you started the major as a matriculant for the curriculum requirements that apply to you.

Consultation with the Program Advisor is required.

Click here for more information about the Admission and Retention Criteria for the Surgical Technology Program  

Degree Map:

Degree Map for Surgical Technology, A.A.S.  

Your Degree Map contains the suggested term-by-term course sequence for your academic path towards graduation. 

To ensure successful and timely completion of your degree, it is recommended that you meet with your academic advisor to discuss your unique map. 

Please note some courses may only be offered once an academic year.  

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Surgical Technology degree program requirements, graduates will:

  1. correlate the knowledge of medical terminology, surgical procedures, and anatomy and physiology to the student’s role as a surgical technologist and recognize their relationship to safe patient care
  2. understand the principles of safe patient care in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative surgical settings
  3. develop and apply fundamental surgical technology skills through practice and evaluation in the laboratory and clinical settings
  4. accurately apply the principles of asepsis across the spectrum of common surgical experiences
  5. recognize the variety of a patient’s needs and the impact of their personal, physical, emotional, and cultural experiences
  6. demonstrate professional responsibility in performance, attitude, and personal conduct in the classroom and clinical setting

College Requirements:

English and Math proficient as determined by the CUNY Proficiency Index, unless otherwise exempt, or successful completion of any required developmental course(s).

Civic Engagement Experiences:

One (1) Civic Engagement experience satisfied by Civic Engagement Certified or Civic Engagement Component course or approved outside activity.

Writing Intensive Requirement:

One (1) Writing Intensive Course  in any discipline is required. 

Required Core (4 Courses, 13 Credits):

When Required Core Courses are specified for a category, they are required for the major

Flexible Core (3 Courses, 10 Credits):

When Flexible Core Courses are specified for a category, they are required for the major.

Two (2) courses for a total of six (6) credits from Groups A to D, selected from these disciplines, Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology, with one (1) course per discipline (Group E is satisfied by the course shown):

A. World Cultures and Global Issues Designated Course

B. U.S. Experience in its Diversity Designated Course

C. Creative Expression Designated Course

D. Individual and Society Designated Course

E. Scientific World Designated Course*


2 credits sufficient to meet required total of 64 credits


* This program has a waiver to require particular courses in the Common Core, otherwise more than the minimum credits for the degree may be necessary.

The Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) to Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Bridge Program is designed secifically for the practicing CST.  Active Certified Surgical Technologist’s receive credit for ST 100 ST 200 ST 300 ST 3P00 ST 400 ST 4P00 ST 500 ST 5P00 ST 600 ST 6P00 , and ST 4500  (32-credits), and will complete 32-credits of General Education and Elective requirements.        

Total Credits: 64

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