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Surgical Technology

Associate of Applied Science

Train to become an integral part of the surgical team! Surgical Technologists prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors during surgeries.

You will also well-prepared to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certified Surgical Technologist examination. 

Limited Admissions Program: Students must meet the preparatory coursework and any other prerequisites and apply to the program. Depending on available spots, students may be placed on a waiting list before starting the program. See Program Admissions or an advisor for details.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes


Desert Vista Campus

Contact Information

Division of Critical Care
Dean: 520.206.6661
Program Director: 520.206.5225

Program Information

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Semester Pathways


Completing this program can lead to employment in a variety of different careers.  Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages.  Some careers may require additional education or training. Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Surgical Technologist $46,672

Academic Options

This program may apply toward a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS). See an advisor

Program Requirements 2020-2021

Preparatory Coursework

Students must have completed the following preparatory coursework before they may begin the application process.

Requirements Credits
MAT 142 or MAT 151 or any course that requires MAT 142 or MAT 151 or MAT 188 as a prerequisite with a grade of C or higher, or placement into MAT 189 or higher 3-4
BIO 201IN or BIO 201IH with a grade of B or higher 4
BIO 202IN with a grade of B or higher 4
Accuplacer Reading Assessment
HESI A2 Assessment for Math, Reading and Anatomy/Physiology with a 75% or higher
  HESI A2 assessment results are only able to be used for one year from assessment date for application
Subtotal 11-12

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.* A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

General Education Requirements Credits
Arts and Humanities  3
Special Requirement
  Fulfill the C or G requirement by completing an appropriate course in the Arts and Humanities category
Subtotal 3


Required Core Courses

A grade of B or better is required for graduation. 

Course # Course Title Credits
SGT 101 Introduction to Health Care 2
SGT 102/102LB/102LC
Surgical Technology I 6
SGT 103/103LB Surgical Technology II 8
SGT 201/201LB/201LC Surgical Technology III / Clinical Externship I 11.5
SGT 202LC Surgical Technology IV / Clinical Externship II 7.5
SGT 203 Surgical Technologist Capstone 2
Subtotal 37

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
BIO 205IN Microbiology [SUN# BIO 2205 4
HRP 100 Success in Health Professions 1
HIT 105 Medical Terminology 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
WRT 101 English Composition I [SUN# ENG 1101] 3
WRT 102 English Composition II [SUN# ENG 1102] 3
AGEC Arts, Social & Behavioral Science or BIO 250 3
Subtotal 20
Total  (not including preparatory coursework) 60
Total  (including preparatory coursework) 71-72

Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses:  Communication Requirement - WRT 101; Social & Behavioral Science - PSY 101; Mathematics and Science - BIO 205IN and the Math Preparatory Coursework; Other Requirements - AGEC Arts course, AGEC Social & Behaviroal Science course or BIO 250.

Surgical Technology Interest Program/Major Codes: AOA9ALA/9SGT
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