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Surgical Services AS

Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Surgical Services AS Overview (2059) Limited Access

Type of Award

AS - Associate in Science

Program Website

www.palmbeachstate.edu/career-pathways/pathway-health.aspx

Program Description

This program is designed to prepare the student for employment as a Surgical Technologist. In both simulated and clinical surgical environments, students will practice preparing, setting up and maintaining a sterile field, preparation of supplies and equipment for surgery; and patient preparation. Course content includes surgical technology concepts, surgical techniques and procedures. Clinical learning experiences in an operating room and related areas are an integral part of this program. Students in the Surgical Services Associate in Science degree program learn through classroom, laboratory instruction and clinical experiences in the operating room and related areas.

Program Learning Outcomes

For detailed information, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/learningoutcomes/Program-Learning-Outcomes.

Program Application Requirements 

  • Attend program information session.
  • Submit a complete Surgical Services A.S. degree program application.
  • BSC2085, BSC2085L, BSC2086, and BSC2086L must be taken within the last 10 years.

Admission Requirements

Students must complete the following courses with a grade of C or higher before being admitted to the program:

  • BSC2085 Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • BSC2085L Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
  • BSC2086 Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • BSC2086L Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab
  • HSC2531 Medical Terminology

Completion Requirements

Students must complete all courses with a grade of C or higher.

Please note that CAAHEP accreditation requires the following requirements for completion of the Surgical Services A.S, degree program and to be able to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) exam for professional certification.

  • The total number of cases the student must complete is 120.
  • Students are required to complete 30 cases in General Surgery. Twenty of the cases must be in the first scrub role.
  • Students are required to  complete 90 cases in various surgical specialties. Sixty of the cases must be in the first scrub role and evenly distributed between a minimum of five surgical specialties. However, 15 is the maximum number of cases that can be counted in any one surgical specialty.
  • The Surgical Services A.S. degree program is required to verify through the surgical rotation documentation each student's progression in first and second scrubbing surgical procedures of increased complexity as they move toward entry-level graduate abilities.
  • Diagnostic endoscopy cases and vaginal delivery cases are not mandatory, but up to 10 diagnostic endoscopic cases and five vaginal delivery cases can be counted toward the maximum number of second scrub role cases.
  • Observation cases must be documented, but do not count toward the 120 required cases.
  • Counted cases: cases will be counted according to surgical specialty. Examples:
    • Trauma patient requires a splenectomy and repair of a Le Fort I fracture. Two cases can be counted and documented since the splenectomy is general surgery specialty and repair of Le Fort I is an oral maxillofacial surgical specialty.
    • Patient requires a breast biopsy followed by mastectomy. It is one pathology, breast cancer, and the specialty is general surgery; therefore, it is counted and documented as one procedure - one case.

Program Length

This is a two year program and requires a full-time commitment.

Location

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

For More Information

Contact Doreen Singer, singerd@palmbeachstate.edu, 561-868-3830

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the program are eligible for employment in hospital operating rooms, outpatient surgical centers, labor and delivery units, physician's offices and medical sales positions.

Career Path Notes

The Surgical Services A.S degree program provides students with necessary job skills and motivation in keeping with standards of practice as established by the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) and the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN), enabling them to qualify for, secure, maintain and advance in gainful employment in the field of surgical technology.

Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State's Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management. For more information, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/bachelors/default.aspx.

In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into a four-year program. For more information, contact the college or university to which you wish to transfer.

Career Center

www.palmbeachstate.edu/Career

For more information about employment opportunities, including job outlook and salary information, visit: Occupational Outlook Handbook: www.bls.gov/ooh

O-Net Online: www.onetonline.org

Required courses:

Program Prerequisites (Credits: 11)

BSC2085Anatomy and Physiology 1 (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2085LAnatomy and Physiology 1 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

BSC2086Anatomy and Physiology 2 (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2086LAnatomy and Physiology 2 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

HSC2531Medical Terminology (AA)

3 Credits

Required Courses (Credits: 34)

STS1302Introduction to Surgical Technology (AS)

3 Credits

STS1304CIntroduction to Surgical Techniques (AS)

3 Credits

STS1323CSurgical Techniques and Procedures 1 (AS)

3 Credits

STS1340CPharmacology and Anesthesia (AS)

3 Credits

HSC1434CCentral Sterile Clinical (AS)

3 Credits

STS2324CSurgical Techniques and Procedures 2 (AS)

3 Credits

STS2365Leadership for Surgical Services (AS)

3 Credits

STS2944CSurgical Specialties Clinical 1 (AS)

5 Credits

STS2945CSurgical Specialties Clinical 2 (AS)

5 Credits

STS2955CCapstone for Surgical Technology (AS)

3 Credits

General Education (Credits: 19)

ENC1101College Composition 1 (AA)

3 Credits

MCB2010Microbiology (AA)

3 Credits

MCB2010LMicrobiology Lab (AA)

1 Credit

PSY2012Introduction to Psychology (AA)

3 Credits

Or

SYG2000Introduction to Sociology (AA)

3 Credits

SPC1017Fundamentals of Speech Communication (AA)

3 Credits

Any course from Mathematics - Area III

3 credits

Any course from Humanities - Area II

3 credits

Total Credit Hours: 64

Course Sequence

Term One - Fall (Year One) (Credits: 13)

BSC2085Anatomy and Physiology 1 (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2085LAnatomy and Physiology 1 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

ENC1101College Composition 1 (AA)

3 Credits

SPC1017Fundamentals of Speech Communication (AA)

3 Credits

HSC2531Medical Terminology (AA)

3 Credits

Term Two - Spring (Year One) (Credits: 13)

BSC2086Anatomy and Physiology 2 (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2086LAnatomy and Physiology 2 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

PSY2012Introduction to Psychology (AA)

3 Credits

Or

SYG2000Introduction to Sociology (AA)

3 Credits

Any course from Mathematics - Area III

3 credits

Any course from Humanities - Area II

3 credits

Term Three - Summer (Year One) (Credits: 4)

MCB2010Microbiology (AA)

3 Credits

MCB2010LMicrobiology Lab (AA)

1 Credit

Term Four - Fall (Year Two) (Credits: 15)

STS1302Introduction to Surgical Technology (AS)

3 Credits

STS1304CIntroduction to Surgical Techniques (AS)

3 Credits

STS1323CSurgical Techniques and Procedures 1 (AS)

3 Credits

STS1340CPharmacology and Anesthesia (AS)

3 Credits

HSC1434CCentral Sterile Clinical (AS)

3 Credits

Term Five - Spring (Year Two) (Credits: 11)

STS2324CSurgical Techniques and Procedures 2 (AS)

3 Credits

STS2365Leadership for Surgical Services (AS)

3 Credits

STS2944CSurgical Specialties Clinical 1 (AS)

5 Credits

Term Six - Summer (Year Two) (Credits: 8)

STS2945CSurgical Specialties Clinical 2 (AS)

5 Credits

STS2955CCapstone for Surgical Technology (AS)

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours: 64