Health Science - A.S. Degree - Surgical Technology Option
Surgical Technology Studies (AHS 171) Offered Only at McCann Technical School
Program Advisor: Anna Foss, 413-236-2107
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). 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756. Tel. 727-210-2350, Fax 727-210-2354 upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education and Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (www.arcst.org), 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110, Littleton, CO 80112. Tel. 303-694-9262, Fax 303-741-3655. McCann graduates are eligible to sit for the national board exam given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. (http://www.nbstsa.org/) 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 students 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.
To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 64 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below.