Surgical professionals work together on a surgical procedure.

Surgical Technology, A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Classes offered at following campus(es)

  • West
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Surgical Technologists are essential members of the surgical team working alongside the surgeon to deliver safe and effective care. You will learn relevant human anatomy and medical terminology related to various surgical procedures, aseptic technique, and all about the specific instrumentation and technologies used during surgery.

Admission to the Program

Program Application Instructions

  1. All prospective Surgical Technology students who have not been enrolled at TCC within the past year must complete an application for admission to the College and submit their high school or GED transcripts, ACT or course placement test scores, and previous college transcripts to Metro Campus Student Completion Services office at 909 South Boston, Tulsa, OK 74119. Incomplete submissions will not be considered for admission into the Surgical Technology Program. Admission to Tulsa Community College does not guarantee admission to the Surgical Technology Program.
  2. Applications to the Surgical Technology program must be completed online by April 1 each year for fall admission. For more information, contact the Allied Health department office at (918) 595-8219.
  3. A selection committee will review all applications and eligible applicants will be granted an interview with the Surgical Technology Program admissions committee.
  4. Qualified students will be ranked based on admission requirements and awarded admission to the program accordingly. All interviewed applicants will be notified by email regarding their selection.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.0 for all prior high school and college coursework.
  • Currently enrolled in or completion of ALDH 1323 Medical Terminology and BIOL 1314 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology with a “C” or better.
  • Student must be able to travel to clinical sites.
  • An extensive criminal background check, required by all clinical affiliates. All Allied Health students participating in clinicals are required to complete these background checks, immunizations, and a drug screening test by the Department of Allied Health office deadline prior to the first clinical rotation. Any positive findings may be subject to review by the clinical affiliates and could prevent the student from completing clinical requirements. The screening includes but not limited to:
    • A seven-year county of residence nationwide criminal history check
    • National sexual predator screening
    • Social Security check
    • Medicare/Medicaid fraud screening

English Language Proficiency

An official iBT® TOEFL (internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language) test score or an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Band score is required as proof of English proficiency for any International student for whom English is a second language who is applying to any Tulsa Community College health sciences program. Students who have graduated from a U.S. high school will not be required to take the iBT Toefl or IELTS tests. Your scores must be current within 2 years of the semester for which you are applying.

For health sciences students, the minimum sub-scores on the internet based TOEFL (iBT®) are 21 for Writing; 24 for Speaking; 20 for Reading; and 20 for Listening, with a total minimum score of 85.

For students choosing the IELTS test, acceptable scores include: 6.5 for Reading; 6.5 for listening; 7.5 for Speaking; and 6 for Writing, for a total IELTS Bans score of 6.5. These required minimum scores must be met for each of the four sub-tests on a single exam. A total score that does not meet the sub-score minimums does not meet the requirement. Exceptions to this policy may be considered on an individual basis.

Students must go to www.ets.org/toefl to find a TOEFL iBT testing site, register and pay for the test. Students may go to www.ielts.org/us to find an IELTS testing center and register and pay for the test. Both tests cost approximately $190. Students are highly encouraged to take practice tests to prepare for these important tests. Your official scores, including ALL Sub-scores, must be sent directly to the TCC Registrar’s Office.

Contact Information

Program Director
Sherry Conder, BS, RN, CST, CSFA
(918) 595-7062
sherry.conder@tulsacc.edu

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Goal: Demonstrate entry level competencies in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains to enter the profession.

  • Demonstrates competency in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains to enter the surgical technology profession.
  • Applies critical thinking skills for safe and appropriate patient care.
  • Demonstrates professional behaviors that create a positive and productive working environment in all situations.
  • Adheres to established legal and ethical standards.
  • Adheres to the Association of Surgical Technologists recommended standards and guidelines.
  • Communicates effectively and professionally with all communities of interest.
  • Demonstrates clinical skills required for a competent entry level surgical technologist.

Program Accreditation

Essential Functions/Technical Standards:

Interpersonal – interacts with patients and surgical team members with a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds. Must be flexible and capable of reacting to changing circumstances in a calm manner with professional decorum

Critical Thinking – Sufficient for clinical judgment and problem solving; Concentrate and focus for prolonged periods of time

Communication – Ability to interact with others orally and maintain professional communication

Mobility – Physical abilities sufficient to move and bend; lift a minimum of 30 pounds; push pull equipment weighting up to 300 pounds

Motor Skills – Gross and fine motor abilities to grasp, grip and hold with hands. Ability to work with and manipulate fine surgical instrumentation and suturing needles.

Hearing – Auditory ability sufficient to hear the surgical team members through a surgical mask with background noise

Visual – sufficient for observation in full or dimmed light. Visual near acuity of 20 in. or less with clarity. Distinguish depth, color, and spatial attributes of images.

Tactile – sufficient for handling and manipulating small surgical instrumentation.

Physical Condition – condition and stamina sufficient to lift and assist in moving the anesthetized patient; move equipment; ability to stand for extended periods of time during surgical procedures

Clinical Expectations

Students will participate in clinical rotations in the hospital setting, are responsible for reliable transportation and will be expected to be available as early as 6:30 a.m. to begin clinical. All clinical rotations will be weekdays between approximately 6:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. during the third semester and 6:30-6:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. the remaining semesters.

  • The Clinical Coordinator will assign and monitor all clinical rotations.
  • Students are not allowed in the clinical area outside of the scheduled school clinical.
  • If a student is employed in a surgical facility, they may not count cases done while being a paid employee on the TCC case documentation records.

Third Semester

Students will spend 4 weeks in an observational role attending 36 hours/week.

Clinical Rotations: weekdays between approximately 6:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Fourth and Fifth Semesters

Students will spend approximately 20 hours/week in the clinical setting. Clinical sites may be outside the Tulsa Metro area.

Clinical Rotations: weekdays between approximately 6:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Occupational Risks

While every effort is given to minimize occupational exposure, the surgical technologist’s daily workload renders him/her susceptible to a variety of occupational risks. It is incumbent upon the surgical technology student to practice safe working habits and to utilize safety equipment provided to reduce potential injury.

Examples of Occupational Risks

Risk Examples
Bloodborne Pathogens Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C
Sharps Injuries Accidental sticks from suture needles or sharp instrumentation
Latex Allergy Surgical gloves and medical supplies
Smoke Plume Laser and electrocautery (Commercial suction available for protection)
Chemical Gases, cold sterilant, cleaning chemicals
Musculoskeletal Static postures, lift injuries
Radiation Exposure X-ray imaging – fluoroscopy (lead aprons available for protection)