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Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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The A.A.S. degree program in Surgical Technology is designated for surgical technologists (formerly called operating room technicians) who perform many different responsibilities in the operating room.  They act as the scrub person, as the circulator, and as the first assistant on the surgical team. Surgical technologists’ responsibilities involve preparing the operating room and instruments, equipment, and supplies that will be needed; positioning and preparing the patient for surgery; and passing instruments, sponges, and sutures to the surgeon. Surgical technologists are the surgical team’s experts in aseptic technique, being constantly vigilant for any break in the technique that could endanger the sterile field. Surgical technologists belong to a separate non-nursing profession and are highly skilled, having completed the necessary specialized education and training focused on working in the operating room. The preferred entry-level education for the surgical technologist is the associate degree.    
        

Admission requirements       

  • Submit a complete application to the Surgical Technology program       
  • Submit three letters of recommendation   
  • Provide official transcripts of all college courses taken by applicant       
  • Conduct a personal interview with program personnel   
  • Submit application by April 15 of each year      
  • Complete all of the program prerequisites   
  • Comply with additional program requirements     

​​This program requires students to submit a separate application or take additional action before enrolling. You can learn more about the program and the application process here.

 
The Surgical Technology Program at Malcolm X College (MXC) has voluntarily withdrawn accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Accreditation Review Council on Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) effective November 1, 2018.       
 
The Surgical Technology Program has communicated additional information to current enrolled students. Students who are presently enrolled in a Surgical Technology Program cohort, who adhere to the required completion timeline, will graduate from an accredited program. 
 
You can also find the program status at https://www.caahep.org/Students/Find-a-Program.aspx      
 
ARC/STSA      
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
 
Phone: 303-694-9262
Fax: 303-741-3655
 
 

Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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Prerequisites

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Prerequisites must completed before entering the program.

Students must choose between Health Professions 102 OR Biology 120. 

Human Diversity course required.

Biology
BIOLOGY 120
Terminology For Medical Careers 3
Basic medical vocabulary for allied health professionals and others with minimal background in anatomy and physiology; includes study of the human body systems. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 121
Biology I 5
Cellular and Molecular Biology. Introduction to biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell structure, function and processes. Laboratory required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 226
Human Structure and Function I 4
Human anatomy and physiology. This laboratory course is recommended for those contemplating a career in the health professions and emphasizes the structure and function of the human body. Microscopic and gross anatomy are correlated with physiology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 121.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
English
ENGLISH 101
Composition 3
Development of critical and analytical skills in writing and reading of expository prose. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or RTW, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Health Professions
HEAPRO 102
Health Career Studies 3
This course introduces students to the integral knowledge and professional skills required to be successful in healthcare careers. It prepares students for the rigor of healthcare career programs. It emphasizes understanding of the professional culture, retention and application of key foundational skills for professional healthcare practice, application of health information technology, and demonstrating cultural competence in interactions with others. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 096 or consent of Program Director or Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X

Program General Requirements

  CH

Program Core Requirements

48 CH
Biology
BIOLOGY 227
Human Structure and Function II 4
Continuation of Biology 226. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 226, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Business
BUSINES 284
Business Communications 3
Study of communication (including motivation, perception, language, distortions, organizations, listening) and its role in the administrative process; patterns of mis-communications (such as by-passing, deception, generalizations, association, labeling) are examined for better understanding of communication process and to improve organizational environment; consideration given to psychological impact of various communications media. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
Psychology
PSYCH 201
General Psychology 3
Historical survey of psychology and a study of the sensory and perceptual processes: learning, thinking, remembering, emotional behavior, motivation, mechanism of adjustment, and the total personality. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Sociology
SOC 201
Intro To the Study Of Society 3
Characteristics of group life, the effect of the group on human conduct, and the interrelationships between society, culture, and the individual. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Social Science
SOC SCI 101
General Course I Social Science 3
A survey of subject matter and concepts selected from the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
SOC SCI 102
General Course II Social Science 3
A survey of subject matter and concepts selected from the disciplines of economics, geography, history, and political science. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Speech
SPEECH 101-1
Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
Theory and practice of oral communication; development of poise and confidence, delivery, and speech organization; public speaking practice; small group discussion, and development of standards of criticism. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Surgical Technology
SURG TC 111
Intro To Surgical Technology 4
This course is designed to present the basic concepts and principles for developing skill competencies required for assisting in surgery, to introduce the student to the language of the operating room, gain information about the history and legal aspects of the profession, understand surgical services, and understand the role of the surgical technologist. This course also explores various human diversity issues relating to the care of surgical patients. Age, disability status, ethnicity, gender, race, religion and economic status will all be examined. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admissions to the Surgical Technology Program, Grade of C or better in ENGLISH 101, BIOLOGY 120 and BIOLOGY 226
Offered at: Malcolm X
SURG TC 112
Application of Aseptic Technique 5
This course introduces students to the concept of sterile technique and how it is applied to preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative duties of a surgical technologist. The physiology of infection and the need for surgical intervention will be discussed. Clinical skills practiced in the laboratory classroom include hand washing, surgical hand scrub, gowning self and other, gloving self and other, establishing and maintaining a sterile field, and getting to the field successfully. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the SURG TC Program/Plan 267 or SURG TC Program/Plan 268.
Offered at: Malcolm X
SURG TC 113
Surgical Pharmacology 4
This course will introduce the principles of the compounds and chemicals used in the surgical setting. General terminology and abbreviations associated with pharmacology and anesthesia will be discussed. This course defines the rationale for the use of specific drugs in surgical intervention. Drug action, uses and modes of administration used in the care of the surgical patient will be emphasized. Safe handling of surgical drugs and aseptic technique used for presentation to the field will be demonstrated and assessed in practicum lab. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the SURG TC Program/Plan 267 or SURG TC Program/Plan 268 and Grade of C or better in SURG TC 111 and 112.
Offered at: Malcolm X
SURG TC 114
Surgical Intervention I 5
A study of preoperative and intraoperative practice with focus on the following surgical specialties: General, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Genitourinary, Ophthalmic, ENT, Oral Maxillofacial, Plastic and Reconstructive, and Orthopedic surgery. The laboratory portion of the course allows the student to put into action the theory acquired in class. The student will participate in entry level mock surgery cases. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the SURG TC Program/Plan 267 or SURG TC Program/Plan 268 and Grade of C or better in SURG TC 111, SURG TC 112 and BIOLOGY 227 and concurrent enrollment in SURG TC 116.
Offered at: Malcolm X
SURG TC 116
Surgical Intervention II 5
A study of preoperative and intraoperative practice with focus on the following surgical specialties: Peripheral Vascular, Cardiac, Pediatric and Neurosurgery. The lab portion of the course allows the student to put into action the theory acquired in class. The student will participate in entry level mock surgery cases. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the SURG TC Program/Plan 267 or SURG TC Program/Plan 268 and Grade of C or better in SURG TC 111, SURG TC 112, SURG TC 113 and BIOLOGY 227 and concurrent enrollment in SURG TC 114.
Offered at: Malcolm X
SURG TC 211
Surgical Intervention IV 2
A study of surgical procedures with emphasis on thoracic, vascular and cardiac surgery. There is also emphasis placed on resume writing, job placement, interviewing and negotiating in the job market. Review for the national exam. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Surgical Technology 200.
Offered at: Malcolm X

Additional Requirements

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Program Elective Requirements

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Area of Focus

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Focus Electives

  CH

Required Work-Based Learning Courses

13 CH
Surgical Technology
SURG TC 212
Clinical Practicum I 8
A clinical course designed to provide opportunities for the student to synthesize and apply the skills gathered in the previous program courses. The student will be able to perform the tasks and duties of an entry level Surgical Technologist. Students will be additionally instructed on issues that arise before, during and after surgical intervention. student will be assigned to a clinical site in both the Sterile Processing Department and the Surgery Department. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in SURG TC 114 and SURG TC 116
Offered at: Malcolm X
SURG TC 213
Clinical Practicum II 8
A clinical course designed to provide opportunities for the student to synthesize and apply the skills gathered in the previous program courses. The student will be able to perform the tasks and duties of an intermediate level Surgical Technologist. Students will be additionally instructed on issues that arise before, during and after surgical intervention. Students will take a more independent role during the surgical procedure. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in SURG TC 212.
Offered at: Malcolm X
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