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City Colleges of Chicago Healthcare Programs Surgical Technology

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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The A.A.S. degree program in Surgical Technology is designated for surgical technologists (formerly called operating room technicians) who perform many different responsibilities in the operating room.  They act as the scrub person, as the circulator, and as the first assistant on the surgical team. Surgical technologists’ responsibilities involve preparing the operating room and instruments, equipment, and supplies that will be needed; positioning and preparing the patient for surgery; and passing instruments, sponges, and sutures to the surgeon. Surgical technologists are the surgical team’s experts in aseptic technique, being constantly vigilant for any break in the technique that could endanger the sterile field. Surgical technologists belong to a separate non-nursing profession and are highly skilled, having completed the necessary specialized education and training focused on working in the operating room. The preferred entry-level education for the surgical technologist is the associate degree.    
      

Admission requirements     

  • Submit a complete application to the Surgical Technology program     
  • Submit three letters of recommendation 
  • Provide official transcripts of all college courses taken by applicant     
  • Conduct a personal interview with program personnel 
  • Submit application by April 15 of each year    
  • Complete all of the program prerequisites 
​​This program requires students to submit a separate application or take additional action before enrolling. You can learn more about the program and the application process here.
 

Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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Credit Hours (CH)

Credits

Program/Plan Number

267

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Prerequisites

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Program General Requirements

15 CH
Students must choose between Health Professions 102 OR Biology 120.
Biology
BIOLOGY 120
Terminology For Medical Careers 3
Basic medical vocabulary for allied health professionals and others with minimal background in anatomy and physiology; includes study of the human body systems. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 121
Biology I 5
Cellular and Molecular Biology. Introduction to biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell structure, function and processes. Laboratory required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 226
Human Structure and Function I 4
Human anatomy and physiology. This laboratory course is recommended for those contemplating a career in the health professions and emphasizes the structure and function of the human body. Microscopic and gross anatomy are correlated with physiology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 121.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
English
ENGLISH 101
Composition 3
Development of critical and analytical skills in writing and reading of expository prose. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Health Science
HLH SCI 102
Professional Medical & Health Care Practices 3
This course includes the study of acronyms and current professional jargon used in the medical and healthcare environment. Emphasis includes examination of data used in the delivery of healthcare and the characteristics of the healthcare workforce. Chronic illness and rehabilitative care will be examined as well as primary and specialty care in light of managed care. The process of accrediting and licensure of health science programs will be explored. A case study format involving inter-disciplinary health science programs will be reviewed, emphasizing systematic clinical applications. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Malcolm X

Program Core Requirements

48 CH
Biology
BIOLOGY 227
Human Structure and Function II 4
Continuation of Biology 226. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 226, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Business
BUSINES 284
Business Communications 3
Study of communication (including motivation, perception, language, distortions, organizations, listening) and its role in the administrative process; patterns of mis-communications (such as by-passing, deception, generalizations, association, labeling) are examined for better understanding of communication process and to improve organizational environment; consideration given to psychological impact of various communications media. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
Psychology
PSYCH 201
General Psychology 3
Historical survey of psychology and a study of the sensory and perceptual processes: learning, thinking, remembering, emotional behavior, motivation, mechanism of adjustment, and the total personality. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Sociology
SOC 201
Intro To the Study Of Society 3
Characteristics of group life, the effect of the group on human conduct, and the interrelationships between society, culture, and the individual. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Social Science
SOC SCI 101
General Course I Social Science 3
A survey of subject matter and concepts selected from the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
SOC SCI 102
General Course II Social Science 3
A survey of subject matter and concepts selected from the disciplines of economics, geography, history, and political science. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Speech
SPEECH 101-1
Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
Theory and practice of oral communication; development of poise and confidence, delivery, and speech organization; public speaking practice; small group discussion, and development of standards of criticism. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Surgical Technology
SURG TC 111
Intro To Surgical Technology 3
This course is designed to present the basic concepts and principles for developing skill competencies required to assist in surgery. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the SURG TC Program/Plan 267 or SURG TC Program/Plan 268.
Offered at: Malcolm X
SURG TC 112
Preparation For Surgery 4
This course acquaints the student with skills necessary to help prepare the operating room for surgery. Emphasis is placed on psychosocial and physical needs of the patient requiring surgery. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the SURG TC Program/Plan 267 or SURG TC Program/Plan 268.
Offered at: Malcolm X
SURG TC 113
Special Patient Care 3
This course prepares students to acquire skills necessary to take care of unique patients, emphasis is placed on ambulatory, geriatric, pediatric trauma surgeries and contemporary issues. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the SURG TC Program/Plan 267 or SURG TC Program/Plan 268.
Offered at: Malcolm X
SURG TC 114
Surgical Interventions I 4
The clinical portion of the course allows the students to put into action the theory acquired in Surgical Technology 112. Emphasis is placed on reading a preference card, acquiring items needed for the case, hand washing, OSHA and CDC guidelines, don sterile gowns and gloves for self and others, ORSPD, back table set-up, and getting to their field successfully. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:SURG TC 111 and SURG TC 112 and SURG TC 113 and Admission to the SURG TC Program/Plan 267 or SURG TC Program/Plan 268.
Offered at: Malcolm X
SURG TC 115
Surgical Intervention II 4
A study of surgical procedures with emphasis on surgery of the liver, biliary tract pancreas and spleen thyroid and parathyroid, breast surgery, ophthalmic, otology surgeries. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:SURG TC 111 and SURG TC 112 and SURG TC 113 and Admission to the SURG TC Program/Plan 267 or SURG TC Program/Plan 268.
Offered at: Malcolm X
SURG TC 116
Surgical Intervention III 4
A study of surgical procedures with emphasis on laryngologic, head and neck orthopedic, neurosurgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:SURG TC 111 and SURG TC 112 and SURG TC 113 and Admission to the SURG TC Program/Plan 267 or SURG TC Program/Plan 268.
Offered at: Malcolm X
SURG TC 117
Surgical Pharmacology 2
Introduces the scientific principles of compound and chemicals as they are used in the surgical setting. This course defines the rationale for use of specific drugs, and their side effects. It renders the student competent in safe handling and labeling medications. Helps student measure and mix mediations given to them by the nurse or physician to be used on the field. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the SURG TC Program/Plan 267 or SURG TC Program/Plan 268.
Offered at: Malcolm X
SURG TC 200
Application Aseptic Techniques 3
The clinical portion of the course allows the student to put into action the theory acquired in previous courses. Hand washing, gowning self and other, gloving self and other, establishing and maintaining a sterile field, getting to the field successfully. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the SURG TC Program/Plan 267 or SURG TC Program/Plan 268.
Offered at: Malcolm X
SURG TC 211
Surgical Intervention IV 2
A study of surgical procedures with emphasis on thoracic, vascular and cardiac surgery. There is also emphasis placed on resume writing, job placement, interviewing and negotiating in the job market. Review for the national exam. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Surgical Technology 200.
Offered at: Malcolm X

Additional Requirements

  CH

Program Elective Requirements

  CH

Area of Focus

  CH

Focus Electives

  CH

Required Work-Based Learning Courses

13 CH
Surgical Technology
SURG TC 212
Clinical Practicum I 5
A clinical course designed to provide opportunities for the student to more fully develop proficiency in the skills required of an entry level Surgical Technologist. Current issues in surgery, resume writing, interviewing and negotiating in the job market. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Surgical Technology 211.
Offered at: Malcolm X
SURG TC 213
Clinical Praticum II 8
After successful completion of all Surgical Technology courses, a forum for the discussion of salient issues related to the practice of surgery as they affect the Surgical Technologist. Preparation for employment, as well as review of comprehensive exam. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Successful completion of all Surgical Technology courses.
Offered at: Malcolm X
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