Associate of Applied Science Surgical Technology

Associate of Applied Science Surgical Technology

The Associate of Applied Science Surgical Technology Program is 65 credit hours and takes five semesters to complete. This program prepares the student for an entry-level position as a Surgical Technologist in various types of healthcare settings. These settings could include: Inpatient or Outpatient Hospital Surgery departments (state, local or private), Ambulatory Surgery Centers, physician or dentist offices, sterile processing departments, or administrative positions.

Program Rationale

The Associate of Applied Science Surgical Technology Program is designed to prepare students for employment in healthcare as a member of the surgical team. The current national demand for well-trained Surgical Technologists who work closely with many healthcare surgical team providers (attending surgeons, surgical residents, medical students, RN first assists, certified surgical assistants, circulating RN, other surgical technologists, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, anesthesiologists, and CRNAs) continues to increase nationwide, making employment opportunities upon completing the program high and continues to grow!

The Associate of Applied Science Surgical Technology Program also is aligned to give options to students who want to develop professionally beyond the role as a Surgical Technologist. Good Samaritan College also offers an Associate Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) degree. The Associate of Applied Science Surgical Technology curriculum of study covers many general education courses needed in our Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program if one day you want to continue your education in nursing.

Program Curriculum

The Associate of Applied Science Surgical Technology Program consists of 65 credit hours for the student to complete. This includes didactic courses, skills labs, and clinicals performed in the operating room. Daytime didactic, skills lab, and clinicals are currently offered weekdays, Monday-Friday. The didactic and skills lab courses are taught weekly on campus, and all courses will utilize the Learning Management System (LMS) Brightspace.

The student must complete all SUR program courses with a minimum of a ‘C’ grade, complete at a minimum 120 cases in the operating room in the first or second scrub role as defined in the AST Core Curriculum 7th ed as seen here https://arcstsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Core_Curriculum_for_Surgical_Technology_7ed_3-18-22.pdf on pages 233-236 to graduate. Observation cases do occur but cannot be counted toward the 120 minimum cases.

During the program’s SUR 200 level technical courses, the student will attend clinicals over three continuous semesters. The student must be available during the daytime hours Monday through Friday to participate in the program since these are the hours when surgeries are scheduled. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is prepared to seek employment after graduating. Please note that successful completion of this academic Associate of Applied Science Surgical Technology Program requirement does not qualify as a certification process nor becoming certified.


To enter the program, the student must:

  • Complete all admission requirements into the college.
  • Upon admission into the program, the student will meet with the Surgical Technology Program Coordinator for advisement of Associate of Applied Science Surgical Technology Program and their progression plan.
  • Current Good Samaritan College Student, maintain GSC 2.0 GPA.

Program Description

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are a critical part of the medical teams providing surgical care. Working under the supervision of a surgeon to help ensure safe and effective invasive and non-invasive surgical procedures, a surgical technologist combines knowledge of: human anatomy, surgical procedures, surgical instrumentation, and technologies along with theory and application of principles of asepsis and sterile technique. Surgical technologists have the important responsibility to defend and maintain the sterile field ensuring all surgical team members observe proper aseptic techniques for each patient.

The Associate of Applied Science Surgical Technology Program aligns with the AST Core Curriculum 7th ed for Surgical Technology. This ensures the student learns essential concepts in healthcare sciences, including but not limited to anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and anesthesia, medical terminology, microbiology, and pathophysiology.

This program prepares students to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination. Good Samaritan College is in the process to become an accredited program. Once this Associate of Applied Science Surgical Technology Program is accredited, the student will be able to take the national certification examination to obtain a certification credential to enhance gaining employment.

Program Learning Outcomes

“Prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.”

Cognitive (Knowledge)

  • Prepare surgical technology students to sit for the National Board Exam for Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assisting.
  • Prepare students with appropriate knowledge in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, microbiology, pathophysiology, and technological sciences, as well as key surgical technology concepts relative to preop; intraoperative, postop; perioperative case management and assistant circulator role.
  • Develop effective communication skills including reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills as necessary in the surgical setting.
  • Develop critical thinking, reasoning, problem solving, anticipation, and prioritization skills in the surgical setting, to effectively create and organize the sterile field for efficiency, safety, and conservation of financial resources.

Psychomotor (Skills)

  • Prepare surgical technologists to scrub in the primary role in Endoscopy, General, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Otorhinolaryngology, Genitourinary, Orthopedic, Oral and Maxillofacial, Plastic and Reconstructive, Ophthalmic, Peripheral Vascular, Cardiovascular, and Neurological specialties.
  • Engage students in a clinical experience under the supervision of an experienced Surgical Technologist to document competency in the minimum required cases in the appropriate roles in both general and surgical specialties.

Affective (Behavior)

  • Develop a sense of professionalism and ethics to work with others in a constructive manner in the medical field.
  • Prepare students to serve diverse patient populations with an ability to meet their individual needs; these populations include those of diverse ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, age, and sexual orientation.

Clinical Case Requirements

Associate of Applied Science Surgical Technology Curriculum Plan

65 credit hours

First Semester - 13 Credit Hours
BIO 201Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
ALH 110Medical Terminology3
MTH 107Mathematics for Health Sciences3
ENG 101English Composition I3
Second Semester - 13 Credit Hours
BIO 202Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 208General Pharmacology3
COM 105Professional Communication3
PSY 103Introduction to Psychology3
Third Semester - 16 Credit Hours
BIO 220Microbiology for Health Sciences I3
SUR 100 Surgical Technology Concepts & Applications I6
SUR 200Surgical Technology Clinical I7
Fourth Semester - 16 Credit Hours
ETH 212Health Care Ethics3
SUR 115Surgical Technology Concepts & Applications II6
SUR 201Surgical Technology Clinical II7
Fifth Semester - 7 Credit Hours
SUR 210Surgical Technology Clinical III 7

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A list of technical standards required for being a student in this program. This includes the ability to:

  • Read, write, understand, and verbally communicate in fluent English
  • Stand, walk, or sit for up to 8+ hours a day, 5 days a week
  • Carry, reach, stoop and lift up to fifty (50) pounds
  • Have particularly good manual dexterity and eye/hand coordination sufficient to handle surgical instruments and equipment
  • Have visual acuity (on your own or with corrective lenses) to easily read information printed on forms, labels, and medications
  • Have the auditory acuity (on your own or with auditory aids) to understand a normal speaking voice without seeing the speaker’s face and to respond appropriately
  • Remain focused on multiple details and tasks for at least an eight-hour period
  • Assimilate and apply knowledge acquired through lectures, discussions, and readings
  • Interview a patient, relay information to others, and receive information in fluent English
  • Work in a sometimes-stressful situation and maintain a calm demeanor
  • Protect the patient’s confidentiality and the patient at all times


  • Exposure to bloodborne pathogens
  • Exposure to sharps with injury
  • Exposure to contagions: virus and/or bacteria
  • Body injury from: falls, improper lifting, others
  • Loud noise in operating room from various equipment
  • Exposure to radiation in different formats
  • Burns from: equipment, lasers, electrical surgical unit



The Good Samaritan College campus is located in Good Samaritan Hospital, part of the TriHealth medical system.


Our students practice their medical skills in our nationally-recognized Simulation and Skills Lab.


Study under faculty with doctorate degrees in their field.