2015-2016_ ___________________________________________________________ EASTERN IDAHO TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Surgical technologists are allied health professionals, who are
an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing
surgical care to patients. Surgical technologists work under
the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective
conduct of invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the
operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions
properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under
conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical
technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of
sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of
human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation
toolsand technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of
invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. (Association of
Surgical Technologists’ Recommenced Standards of Practice)
Intended Learning Outcomes
• Provide a safe, efficient, and supportive environment for the
• Demonstrate accountability and professional values.
• Follow and demonstrate the principles of surgical asepsis.
• Recognize normal and pathological anatomy and physiology to
individualize surgical patient care.
• Demonstrate the methods of care and handling of surgical
instruments and equipment according to each surgical specialty.
• Communicate effectively with the surgical team.
• Demonstrate effective critical thinking skills.
• Understand the need to be life-long learners.
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health
Education Programs (CAAHEP) under the direction of the
National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
(NBSTFA). The Surgical Technology Program awards all
graduating students an Associate of Applied Science Degree
rendering them eligible to sit for the Association of Surgical
Technologist National Certification Exam which is given as the
exit exam. This purpose is to determine through examination, if
an individual has acquired both theoretical and practical
knowledge of surgical technology.
Prerequisite Entrance Requirements
• Meet all College admission requirements
Professional Program Entrance Requirements
• Surgical Technology packet submitted by the deadline.
Incomplete packets will not be considered for admission. Proof
of immunizations and background checks can be time sensitive.
See the EITC website for more information.
• College readiness date assigned by the Healthcare
• The program has a limited enrollment based on clinical
practicum availability .
• Complete all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of
“C” or better.
Program Continuation Requirements
All professional component specific courses must be passed with
a minimum of 75%, and must be passed consecutively before
continuing on to the next courses.
In addition to the registration fees, a Surgical Technology student
can expect to spend approximately $2,000 on books, supplies,
testing, and miscellaneous costs while completing the Surgical
Technology Program Associate of Applied Science Degree.
Graduates are required to sit for proficiency exams at the
conclusion of their program. Information regarding costs and
dates for the exams will be posted in the online catalog
and available from the program instructor(s).
Student Work Policy
All student activities associated with the curriculum, especially
while students are completing clinical rotations, will be
educational in nature. Students will not receive any monetary
remuneration during this educational experience, nor will the
student be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical
institution, in the capacity of a surgical technologist.
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Financial Aid Eligible
to be completed prior to entering the professional
component of the program:
General Microbiology Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and 4 AND
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab and
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
Computer Information Systems
Fundamentals of Speech
Introduction to Health Professions
Mathematics in Modern Society
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Operating Room Techniques I
Surgical Procedures I
Preparation of the Surgical Patient
Pharmacology for Surgical Technologists
Operating Room Techniques II
Surgical Procedures II
Advanced Clinical Practicum