Catalog 2010-2011, Final Edition 
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Catalog 2010-2011, Final Edition [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surgical Technology, A.A.S.

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(Associate of Applied Science Degree)

Faculty and Advisor (Director): 

Mark Urso, CST, 970.339.6539

Program Length: An Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology can be completed in two years. Students requiring developmental coursework to meet assessment requirements will take more than the usual two years to complete the full degree.

Program Description: Intended for the individual desiring to work in an operating room setting requiring multi-tasking abilities. Skills obtained in this degree can be applied to the same-day surgical area, some clinic settings including freestanding surgical centers, and the hospital operating theater. Assisting in the operating room will be possible at an entry level with completion of the Surgical Technology degree.

Potential Opportunities: Multi-tasking abilities are highly sought after in the operating room setting today. Local opportunities can be found all over Northern Colorado as well as across the United States. Preparation as a Surgical Technologist also provides experience and gainful employment for those choosing to further their education in Surgical First Assisting, Nursing, Medicine, Physician’s assistant or other health-care professions. Certified graduates are eligible to advance in their profession through programs to become certified as a Surgical Technologist. Those choosing to go for their Baccalaureate degree in Health Care Management or Health Care Communication will find that the A.A.S. in Surgical Technology will provide many of the requirements for transfer into the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree at the University of Northern Colorado or the Bachelor’s in Health Care Management through on-line coursework with Franklin University.

Registration Requirements: All students taking this program must provide proof of their high school diploma or GED and have completed the prerequisite requirements prior to formal acceptance into the program. All students must be assessed prior to acceptance into this program and achieve a reading score of 80, English/Sentence Skills of 95 and Elementary Algebra score of 85 or take the appropriate developmental coursework before being officially accepted into this program. Some course work is restricted to department majors and must have the program advisor’s signature on the course registration before registering.

Other Requirements: Prior to entering the clinical operating room settings, students must hold a current CPR card, have completed the HBV vaccination series, have a current MMR, a current Tetanus immunization and a current TB test. The HBV series involves three immunizations, initial, one at 30 days and one at 3-6 months and a background check is also required.

Additional Student Resources: Since professional affiliations are a mark of the best medical workers, all students are encouraged to become active members of The Association of Surgical Technologists Student Organization.


Current CPR card prior to clinical entry, criminal background check with no disqualifying offenses, fingerprint check, and urinalysis.

Total General Education Credits: 24

Total Credits for A.A.S. Degree: 61

Surgical Technology Advisory Committee

Sarah Bean, CST

Northern Colorado Medical Center

Chrystal Carman, CST

Former student representative
Estes Park Medical Center

Dr. Tad Gilmore

General Surgeon (Retired)

Tammy Grant

Weld County Workforce Development

Mario Mena-Mendez, CST

Surgical Technologist
Northern Colorado Medical Center

Christine Nation

Student Coordinator
Banner Health

Brenda Rask, Associate Dean

Career & Technical Education
Aims Community College

Dr. Kelly R. Sanderford, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon
Mountain Vista Orthopedics

Donna Souther

Executive Dean and
Chief Academic Officer
Aims Community College

Mark Urso, CST

Surgical Technology Program Director
Aims Community College

Charlene Wright

Clinical Nurse Educator OR
Banner Health

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