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2022-2023 Chesapeake College Catalog 
2022-2023 Chesapeake College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surgical Technology A.A.S. (511)

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Program Mission:

The Surgical Technology Program at Chesapeake College prepares students to be an integral part of the surgical team in the operating room. Students will function safely, effectively and efficiently in the Surgical Technologist role. Students will sit for the certifying examination offered by the National Board of Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants (NBSTSA) to become Certified Surgical Technologists (CST).


Program Description:

Surgical Technology Program students are educated through classroom instruction, extensive laboratory and simulation activities and clinical field work specifically to assist in surgical procedures. Students will learn surgical techniques and essential skills needed in the surgical environment. Students will also learn the preparation, case and use of operating room equipment, technology and surgical instrumentation. Through the development of a surgical conscience, students will learn to provide the surgical patient with the highest level of care.

Program Goals: The Surgical Technology program will:

  1. Prepare graduates for the CST examination.
  2. Prepare graduates for employment as an entry level CST, inspiring participation in professional associations and continuing education. 
  3. Provide a connection between clinical communities and the College to promote excellence in surgical technology.
  4. Clarify and promote the role of the Certified Surgical Technologist as a valuable member of the health care community. 


Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Develop a strong surgical consience that puts the safety and well-being of the surgical patient first.
  2. Apply understanding of human physiology, surgical anatomy and medical terminology in all aspects of patient care.
  3. Combine knowledge from general education and surgical science with critical thinking and communication skills to problem-solve while functioning as a Certified Surgical Technologist.
  4. Demonstrate progressive responsibility, self-discipline and teamwork in the surgical environment while providing the highest quality of patient care.


Admissions Requirements:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age prior to scheduled clinical rotations
  2. High school graduate or equivalent
  3. Apply for admission to Chesapeake College
  4. Submit original transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  5. Complete pre-admission courses as listed below- BIO courses that are more than 10 years old will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 
  6. Grade point average of 2.0 for each BIO course is required


Admission Procedures:

Submitted applications that are incomplete will not be considered. 

  1. Request Surgical Technology Program application and information packet.
  2. Submit the following to the program director by April 15th of the ear you wish to enter the pogram:
  • Completed packet
  • A letter of intent
  • Two lettesr of recommendation (employer, instructor, etc.) addressed to the program director. Letters from family members will not be accepted. 
  • Transcripts, both internal and external
  1. You will be contacted by the program director to schedule an interview with the Surgical Technology Admissions Committee.
  2. Admission is competitive. Meeting program requirements does not guarantee admission. Students are selected based on the following:
  • GPA
  • Interview score
  • County of residence
  1. After admission, students will be required to have a criminal background check, drug screening, and health screening inculding vaccine titers completed by a physician.
  2. Students will be required to have proof of American Heart Association BLS CPR for Healthcare Providers prior to entrance into clinical facilities.
  3. It is strongly encouraged, but not required, for students to carry medical insurance. Studens who are not insured will be required to sign a liability waiver. 

Contact Person:  

Ms. Karen Jones, CST, Program Director
Health Professions & Athletics Center, Room 203F
410-822-5400, ext. 2712



Pre-Admission Spring Semester I


Arts/Humanities (G.Ed.) Electives

Can be satisfied by any of the following courses (not otherwise included as a program requirement):


+ See course description for details.

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