AAS – Surgical Technology
Certificate – Central Sterile Processing
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Surgical Technology at Collin College is an 18-month program (two academic years) that will prepare the student for an entry-level position as a surgical technologist. First year of the program consists of prerequisites and general education courses. Upon completion of the first year, the student may apply for admission into the program through the Special Admission Requirements listed below.
The course of study consists of approved courses from the Workforce Education Course Manual of Texas. These courses must be taken in full sequence to assure progression of content from simple to complex. The Surgical Technology curriculum is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and modeled after the Association of Surgical Technologists national curriculum.
The Surgical Technology Program is a recipient of the Merit Award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achievement of graduate pass rates on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination.
Special Admission Requirements
Admission to the program is selective and competitive. Students must apply for admission and meet all requirements of external clinical facilities participating in the program. These requirements include drug screens, background checks, selected immunizations and proof of personal health insurance. Consult the program’s Admission Packet available on the website (www.collin.edu/surgtech) for more details.
- Submission of a completed college admission application.
- Submission of GED Certificate or high school transcript noting graduation.
- Overall GPA of 2.5 from all college courses completed and applicable to the surgical technology degree plan.
- Completion of the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude Test.
- Submission to Surgical Technology Office in B304 on the Central Park Campus (CPC) of a completed and signed Surgical Technology Program Application Form by the second Friday in April. The Application Form is available on line in the Admission Packet at www.collin.edu/surgtech.
- Completion of or current enrollment in the prerequisite four pre-entrance required courses with a grade of ‘C’ or above and a cumulative prerequisite course GPA of 2.5. These courses are listed below and include: BIOL-2401, BIOL-2402, HITT-1305 and HPRS-1204. If prerequisite courses are being completed during the spring preceding admission, students will automatically receive conditional enrollment pending completion of prerequisites with a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 2.5.
- Be prepared to enter college algebra (MATH-1314 or equivalent), or completion of college-level math course within the past five years of the application date.
- Completion of the PSB for Health Occupations Examination prior to the deadline for application. The PSB for Nursing will be considered in lieu of the Health Occupations Exam. Results are good for one year. Satisfactory completion of math, reading and writing assessments administered by the college.
- Submit a handwritten, well-developed, one- to two-page essay discussing why surgical technology has been selected as a career choice and why attendance at the Collin College program is desired. Submit this essay with your Application Form.
- Request two letters of reference from employers or teachers (not friends or family)
that can attest to your character and aptitude in a healthcare career. These letters
should be directly mailed by whomever writes them to: Attn: Director of Surgical Technology
Program, Health Sciences, Biology and Chemistry Office, Collin College, 2200 W University
Dr., McKinney, Texas, 75071.
Once admitted to the program:
- Be in good health and furnish physical and eye examination records. Forms will be provided by the Surgical Technology Program once the student is accepted into the program.
- Attend a student orientation meeting during the summer prior to program’s first semester.
- Participate in assessment of Core Performance Standards as defined by College policy and be reviewed by the ACCESS department if accommodations are necessary. (To review Core Performance Standards, see the Surgical Technology website at www.collin.edu/surgtech ).
- Pass a drug screen at the student’s expense when requested by the program. Positive drug screens can result in students not being admitted to the program.
- Agree to a criminal background check. Findings from the background check that do not meet clinical affiliation specifications will result in the student not being admitted to the program.
- Provide proof of personal health insurance prior to clinical rotations.
- Purchase liability insurance prior to clinical rotations.
- Purchase school approved uniforms, if required, for clinical experiences.
- Complete and provide written proof of a negative TB skin test or clear chest x-ray post conversion dated prior to the beginning of clinical rotations.
- Complete and provide written proof of all immunizations recommended by the Department of State Health Services according to the following schedule: (http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/Schedule/schedule_adult.shtm )
- Influenza Vaccine – once a year
- Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis – primary series or booster within the last 10 years
- MMR – one (1) or two (2) doses if born before 1957
- Varicella – two (2) doses or documented age-appropriate vaccination or physician report of evidence of disease (chicken pox)
- Hepatitis A – two (2) doses, the second dose should be administered 6 – 18 months after the first dose
- Hepatitis B – three (3) dose series, the second dose should be administered one month after the first dose; the third dose should be given at least two months after the second dose (and at least four months after the first dose)
- Combined Hepatitis A and B – three (3) doses, the second dose should be administered
one month after the first dose; the third dose should be given at six months
NOTE: Students interested in admission to the program for summer semester should see their physician and begin immunizations four (4) months prior to the beginning of the semester.
Functional Abilities / Core Performance Standards Statement
After initial acceptance to this program, all students are required to meet specific functional abilities, with or without accommodations, for successful completion of the program, and to function safely and effectively in the variety of professional settings. The specific functional requirements are found in the Functional Abilities / Core Performance Standards documents provided in the program information packet and on the Surgical Technology website. Students who think they may not be able to meet the functional standards and need accommodation are encouraged to contact the college ACCESS department as soon as this program is of interest.
Health Insurance – All Surgical Technology students are required to show proof of personal health insurance prior to starting clinical rotations each semester.
The Collin College AAS – Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARCSTA). They may be contacted at:
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
The Central Sterile Processing (CSP) curriculum is approved by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM). Recipients of this certificate are eligible to sit for the national certification exam.
Students interested in the program should see the academic advisor for consultation and consult the college website for more specific information. An admission packet is available upon request from the Dean of Health Sciences Office and on the Surgical Technology website.
AAS – Surgical Technology
64 - 66 credit hours
First Prerequisite Semester
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I1
ENGL 1301 Composition I
HPRS 1204 Basic Health Profession Skills
PHED / DANC Any activity course
(See PHED / DANC Options)
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication
(See Speech Options)
Second Prerequisite Semester
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II
COSC 1301 Computers and Technology
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I
PHIL 2303 Introduction to Formal Logic
(See Humanities / Fine Arts Options)
PSYC 2301 General Psychology2
First (Summer) Semester
SRGT 1260 Clinical - Surgical Technology I
SRGT 1409 Fundamentals of Peri-operative Concepts and Techniques
HPRS 2300 Pharmacology for Health Professions
SRGT 1541 Surgical Procedures I
SRGT 1561 Clinical - Surgical Technology II
BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors
SRGT 1171 Transition to Practice for the Surgical Technologist
SRGT 1542 Surgical Procedures II
SRGT 2130 Professional Readiness
SRGT 2561 Clinical - Surgical Technology III (Capstone)
1 No course substitutions
2. May substitute SOCI-1301
Certificate – Central Sterile Processing
16 credit hours
HPRS 1470 Central Sterile Processing I
HPRS 1370 Central Sterile Processing II
HPRS 1471 Central Sterile Processing III
HPRS 1561 Clinical – Health Services / Allied Health / Health Sciences,