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Surgical Technology
Surgical Technology Option
Surgical Technology Studies Offered Only at McCann Technical School

Surgical technologists work in the sterile environment with surgeons, anesthesia personnel, and nurses in delivering surgical patient care. Scrub surgical technologists prepare the surgical environment by selecting and assembling sterile supplies and equipment, preparing and maintaining the sterile field throughout surgery, and anticipating the needs of the surgical team by passing instruments and sterile items in an efficient manner. Surgical technologists are employed in hospital-based operating room settings, outpatient surgical centers, maternity units, emergency rooms, central sterile reprocessing units, and in the medical sales field.

The McCann surgical technology program, established in 1963, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Graduates are eligible to take the national certification in surgical technology. In 1990 the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc., declared the associate degree to be the preferred educational model for entry level practice.

Students enrolled in the McCann program may begin to take BCC courses concurrent with their surgical technology coursework and then continue as full- or part-time student to complete required BCC courses for the associate degree. Other students may wish to pursue some or all of the associate degree requirements at BCC before applying to McCann for the surgical technology program. Previous graduates of the McCann program are encouraged to contact BCC for specific advising regarding the courses necessary to qualify for the associate degree.

Program Advisor: Anne Fortune, ext. 4555.

Graduation Requirements

Program Credits
AHS 171 Surgical Technology Studies (1) 32
AHS 121 Essentials of Pharmacology 3
BIO 150 Introduction to the Human Body 4
BIO 207 Microbiology 4


General Education Credits
COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
MAT 136 Mathematics for the Health Sciences 3
CHM 150 Essentials of Chemistry 3
PSY 107 Introductory Psychology 3
  General Education Elective (2) 3


  Total Credits 64


Additional Requirements  
  Core Competencies Portfolio 6 Items
  Forum 12 Units
  Health/Fitness (3) 30 Hours
  Minimum Cumulative Averages
(overall and area of specialization)

(1) Surgical Technology Studies are only offered at McCann Technical School in North Adams.

(2) General Edcuation Elective chosen from History or Hyumanities and Fine Arts.

(3) Fulfilled by successful completion of AHS 171.