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2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surgery Technology

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If you are interested in being a valuable part of surgery teams, working beside surgeons, nurses, and other medical professionals, you can train for an exciting career as a Surgery Technologist.

With BTC’s high quality education and hands-on training, you’ll gain the valuable skills needed now by hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, and dental surgery offices.

BTC’s students graduate prepared for top jobs: 100 percent of program graduates passed the National Certification of Surgical Technology Exam in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. 90% passed in 2018.

This surgery technology education program is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The CAAHEP may be reached at 1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756. Phone 727-210-2350. Http://www.caahep.org/.

Program Outcomes

The goal of this program is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains

Adhering to the Core Curriculum for Surgical Technologists, 6e and employer and instructor’s expectations, upon completion of the Surgery Technology program, the student will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the care of the operative environment preoperatively, intraoperatively, and postoperatively.
  • Provide safe patient care with strict adherence to sterile technique and aspsis.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking relating to prioritization, anticipation, problem analysis and evaluation of solutions.
  • Apply the principles of effective verbal, non-verbal, and written communication.
  • Compile completed Clinical Case Experience Log of surgical procedure assistance in accordance with the Core Cuuiculum for Surgery Technology, 6e.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience by successful completion of the National Certification Examination for Surgical Technologists.

Program Entry Information

Program Start

This program admits students once a year in the fall quarter.

Testing Requirements

  • Effective Fall 2018 applicants to the Surgery Technology Program must complete the ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam with a score of “proficiency” or higher in each of the four areas (reading, mathematics, science and English language and usage) prior to program application.
  • ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085  , and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092   or C grade in AENGL 100 .
  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099  .

Pre-Program Course Requirements

Effective Fall 2019 applicants to the Surgery Technology program will need to meet a new minimum GPA for the the following six pre-program courses: ENGL& 101, MATH& 107, CHEM& 121, BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, BIOL& 260. There is no change to the grade requirements for the other pre-program courses.

Answer this question to determine the minimum GPA that applies to you: Will you submit a complete application packet before September 18, 2018?

If you answered YES, you must meet a minimum GPA of 2.0 (C) in each of the six prerequisite courses listed above.


If you answered NO, then you will be required to meet the higher minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) in each of the six prerequisite courses listed above.


The following courses must be completed with a 3.0 (B) grade or better:

  • Intro to Surgery Technology (SURG 100 )

The following courses must be completed with a 2.0 (C) grade or better:

  • General Biology with Lab (BIOL& 160 )
  • Interpersonal Communications (CMST& 210 ) or General Psychology (PSYC& 100 )
  • HIV/AIDS: Healthcare Professional (HLTH 133 )
  • Fundamentals of Medical Terminology (HT 126  )

The following courses must be completed with the appropriate grade as described above:

  • Human A&P 1 (BIOL& 241 ) ** (Must be no older than 5 years at the time you are eligible for placement on the program ready list)
  • Human A&P 2 (BIOL& 242 ) ** (Must be no older than 5 years at the time you are eligible for placement on the program ready list)
  • Microbiology (BIOL& 260 )
  • Intro to Chemistry (CHEM& 121 )
  • English Composition I (ENGL& 101  )
  • Math in Society (MATH& 107  ) or any MATH course from the AAS-T alternate course list will be accepted.

Degree and Certificate Requirements

Surgery Technology AAS-T Degree and Certificate completion requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater and minimum grade of B/3.0 for SURG 100  and minimum grade of C+/2.3 for all other Surgery courses and minimum grades as described above for all other required courses.

Program Application/Forms

Prior to registration for SURG 120 , admitted students must be eighteen (18) years of age and submit evidence of the following requirements:

  1. Physical exam and specified immunizations,
  2. Criminal background check,
  3. 11-panel drug screen,
  4. Current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR,
  5. Medical insurance coverage.

NOTE: Students will be charged a fee of approximately $119.00 for the background check, drug screen, and tracking of required health documents.


    Associate of Applied Science - Transfer

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