McCann/BCC Options Surgical Technology A.S.

Program Advisor: Chris Alyesworth

Surgical Technology Studies (AHS 171) 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. 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763. 727-210-2350, Fax 727-210-2354 upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education and Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, 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. In 1990, the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc., declared the associate degree to be the preferred educational model for entry level practice.

McCann Program Advisor: Jocelyne Hescock,
Post-secondary Office: Deborah Felix
, 413-663-5383, Ext. 181

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.

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To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 64 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below.

Program 43 Credits
AHS 171 Surgical Technology Studies (1) 32
AHS 121 Essentials of Pharmacology 4
BIO 150 Introduction to the Human Body 4
BIO 207 Microbiology 3
General Education  21 Credits
CHM 150 Essentials of Chemistry 3
COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
MAT 136 Mathematics for the Health Sciences 3
PSY 107 Introduction to Psychology 3
General Education Elective (see footnote 2) 3
Additional As Shown
Core Competencies Portfolio 4 items
Forum 4 units
Health/Fitness (see footnote 3) 30 hours
Minimum Cumulative Average 2.000
Current LCC-ST Certification or Certification Eligibility  

The actual time needed to complete the program will vary accord­ing to each student's individual needs. 

AHS 171 Surgical Technology Studies (see footnote 1)
BIO 150 Introduction to the Human Body
ENG 101 Composition I
ENG 102 Composition II
CHM 150 Essentials of Chemistry
MAT 136 Mathematics for Health Science
AHS 121 Essentials of Pharmacology
PSY 107 Introduction to Psychology
BIO 207 Microbiology
COM Communication
General Education Elective (see footnote 2)

1. Surgical Technology Studies are only offered at McCann Technical School in North Adams.
2. General Education Elective chosen from History or Humanities and Fine Arts.
3. Fulfilled by successful completion of AHS 171.