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McCann/BCC Options Surgical Technology A.S.

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OVERVIEW

Surgical technologists work in the sterile environment with surgeons, anesthesia personnel and nurses in delivering surgical patient care.  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.

BCC and McCann Postsecondary Technical School partner to provide a comprehensive 64 credit associate degree program in Surgical Technology.  Once the associate degree is awarded, students are eligible to sit for the board exam given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

  • The BCC program component prepares students for continued clinical studies at McCann and includes courses in Microbiology, English Composition, Communication, Math, Sociology, and Surgical Technology.  Students enroll at BCC, then after successful completion of all coursework.
  • The McCann program component focuses on elements of the sciences and applies them within operating room practices and procedures, safe patient care, operating room technique, surgical procedures and clinical practice.

More information about the coursework at McCann

The surgical technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education and Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Graduates of the Surgical Technology Associate Degree are eligible to sit for the national board exam given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Contact Us

Questions?  We want to hear from you! 

BCC Program Advisor: Frank Schickor
413-236-4564 

Allied Health Department Chair: Judy Gawron
413-236-4604 

 McCann Program Advisor: Jocelyne Hescock
413-663-5383, ext. 180

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JOB GROWTH & WAGES
  • Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow nine percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
  • About 9,000 openings for surgical technologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

    Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Surgical Technologists, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm (visited January 07, 2022).

POTENTIAL JOB TITLES & LOCAL EMPLOYERS

Job Titles: Specialty Coordinator and First Assistant

Local Employers: 

  • Berkshire Health Systems, which includes:

    • Berkshire Medical Center, Crane Center for Ambulatory Surgery, North Adams Campus of Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Hospital in Gt. Barrington;

  • Berkshire Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Michaels in Pittsfield;

  • Cooley Dickinson in Northampton, MA;

  • Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, MA;

  • Holyoke Medical Center, Holyoke, MA;

  • Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Bennington, VT

Surgical Technology Application Process and Starting Classes

Apply online!

  • Under Degrees: choose Health Science (Pre-Surg Tech) option
  • Call or email the Admissions Office at 413-236-1630, Email: admissions@berkshirecc.edu

Summer course AHS-107, Introduction to Surgical Technology is required the year before starting at McCann. The immunization and health verification documents (links provided below) must be completed prior to the start of AHS-107.  Once AHS 107 is successfully completed with a B [83] or higher, matriculation to the Surgical Technology A.S. program is fulfilled.