Surgical Technology


Associate in Science

The Gateway Community College (GCC) Surgical Technology Program is licensed by the Connecticut Board of Regents.

The Surgical Technology Program at Gateway Community College has a site visit scheduled for pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org). This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Surgical Technologists are integral members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, registered nurses, and anesthesia personnel. Surgical technologists are also responsible for assembling and organizing all the specialized instruments, equipment and tools needed for a wide variety of surgical procedures. They are experts in sterile technique, responsible for maintaining the sterile field during surgery.

Job Opportunities

The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of Surgical Technologists is nationally projected to grow 15% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than average.

 

Surgical Technology Technical Standards Spring 2020 GCC Surgical Technology Information Sessions
Clinical Case Requirements 2020-2021 Surgical Technology Information Packet
Student Work Policy


PROGRAM TOTAL $10,413.00 (tuition and clinical program fee) *Cost does not include student activity fees, textbooks, uniforms or other materials.

Financial Aid may be available to those who qualify. Cost is subjected to change.

Goal Statement:

The Surgical Technology program prepares students to be competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.

Program Goals:

The graduate will:

  • Apply principles of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology to perioperative patient care.
  • Distinguish the elements, action, and use of medications and anesthetic agents used during the perioperative experience.
  • Demonstrate safe practice in the role of Surgical Technologist.
  • Display competence in technical skills and aseptic technique in the perioperative environment.
  • Practice responsible and accountable behavior within the role and competencies of the Surgical Technologist.
  • Organize the intraoperative environment efficiently as a member of the surgical team.
  • Apply learned knowledge and skills in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains to become nationally certified as a Surgical Technologist.

Criteria for successful completion of curriculum and graduation.

Outcomes:

Year Retention Rate
2018 91.6% as of 11/25/19

 

For more information:
Angel Pickett, Interim Program Coordinator
(203) 285-2070 | APickett@gwcc.commnet.edu

 

Admission Requirements/ Procedures:  (Please see Info Packet)

In addition to completing the GCC general admissions application, students who are interested in pursuing a career in surgical technology are required to complete a separate Surgical Technology Application. The GCC Surgical Technology application for Fall 2021 will be available July 31, 2020 – October 31, 2020 on the GCC website.

A minimum of C+ is required for all science and Surgical Technology courses and a C in all other general education courses for the Surgical Technology degree.

Suggested Sequence of Courses:


Prerequisite or parallel courses may be required. Please check individual course descriptions for details.

Freshman Year


  • ENG* I101 - Composition (3 credits)
  • MAT* I109 - Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
  • HIM* I101 - Medical Terminology (3 credits)
  • CSA* I105 - Introduction to Software Applications (3 credits)
  • BIO* I115 - Human Biology for Allied Health (4 credits)
  • ENG* I102 - Literature & Composition (3 credits)
  •     or  ENG* I202 - Technical Writing (3 credits)
  • Elective (SOPX) - Social Phenomena II (3 credits) 1
  • SUR* I110 - Operating Room Techniques (4 credits)
  • SUR* I111 - Operating Room Skills Seminar (4 credits)
  • SUR* I109 - Microbiology for Surgical Technologists (2 credits)

Sophomore Year


  • PSY* I111 - General Psychology I (3 credits)
  • SUR* I211 - Clinical Experience I (6 credits)
  • SUR* I213 - Surgical Procedures I (3 credits)
  • SUR* I215 - Surgical Technology Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • Elective (AESX) - Aesthetic Dimensions (3 credits)
  • SUR* I212 - Clinical Experience II (6 credits)
  • SUR* I214 - Surgical Procedures II (3 credits)
  • SUR* I250 - Advanced Seminar for the Surgical Technologist (3 credits)

Total Credits: 62


1  A foreign language is suggested.

*BIO*211 and BIO*212 Anatomy and Physiology I and II can be substituted for BIO*115