Surgical Technology

67-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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The surgical technologist's primary job function is to assist the surgeon in the operating room. To prepare for a career as a surgical technologist, develop knowledge in human anatomy, microbiology and medical terminology, and learn to identify and handle surgical instruments and equipment. Spend time in a hospital operating room to apply knowledge and skills in actual surgical conditions. Surgical Technology graduates will be able to prepare an operating room for surgery, help with patient care, secure supplies, set up equipment and instruments for the surgical team and handle instruments during procedures.

  • Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school health or medical courses.
  • Upon program completion, graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). WCTC students recently earned a merit award from the NBSTSA for achieving a 100 percent pass rate on the certified surgical technologist examination (CST).
  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee for Surgical Technology.
  • Select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $37,000-$51,000
    • Average Salary: $42,818
    • Median Salary: $39,967
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: $38,585
    • Average Hourly Wage: $18.66
    • Three-year Average Salary: $40,397

Surgical Rotation Case Requirements

A minimum clinical case requirement of 120 cases must be completed prior to graduation. Students are required to complete thirty General Surgery procedures, of which twenty must be in the First Scrub role. In addition, students are required to complete ninety procedures in various surgical specialties. Sixty of the ninety cases must be in the First Scrub role and evenly distributed between a minimum of five surgical specialties. However, the maximum number of cases that can be counted in any one surgical specialty is fifteen.

The ST student shall perform the following duties during any given surgical procedure with proficiency. The student must meet the five criteria below to count the case in the first scrub role. A student not meeting the five criteria cannot count the case in the first scrub role and the case must be documented in the second scrub role or observation role.

  • Verify supplies and equipment needed for the surgical procedure.
  • Set up the sterile field with instrument, supplies, equipment, medications and solutions needed for the procedure.
  • Perform counts with the circulator prior to the procedure and before the incision is closed.
  • Pass instruments and supplies to the sterile team members during the procedure.
  • Maintain sterile technique as measured by recognized breaks in technique and demonstrate knowledge of how to correct with appropriate technique.

Required Courses

Required General Education Coursework

 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 806-177 Gen Anatomy & Physiology4  
 806-179 Adv Anatomy & Physiology4  
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 806-197 Microbiology4  
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3  
 809-196 Intro to Sociology3+ 
 Elective 3  
 
Total Credits
27
  
 

Technical Core/Clinical Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 512-125 Intro to Surgical Technology4  
 512-126 Surgical Tech Fundamentals 14  
 512-127 Exploring Surgical Issues2  
 501-101 Medical Terminology3 *
 
Total Semester Credits
13
  
 
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 512-128 Surgical Tech Fundamentals 24  
 512-129 Surgical Pharmacology2  
 512-130 Surgical Skills Application2  
 
Total Semester Credits
8
  
 
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 512-131 Surgical Interventions 14  
 512-132 Surgical Technology Clinical 13  
 512-133 Surgical Technology Clinical 23  
 
Total Semester Credits
10
  
 
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 512-134 Surgical Interventions 23  
 512-135 Surgical Technology Clinical 33  
 512-136 Surgical Technology Clinical 43  
 
Total Semester Credits
9
  
 
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class. Click on course title for specific information.)

Technical Skills Attainment Required for Graduation

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

501-101 Medical Terminology 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

College

Program Name

Credits Awarded

Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 67
Carroll UniversityBachelor of Science in Organizational LeadershipJunior Standing
Carroll UniversityBachelor of Science in Public HealthJunior Standing
Carroll UniversityBachelor of Science in PsychologyJunior Standing
Carroll UniversityBachelor of Science in Health ScienceJunior Standing
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science: Allied Healthcare ManagementJunior Standing
Herzing UniversityBachelor of Science in Health Care Managementup to 58
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Artsup to 80
Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Sciences (various)minimum of 60
U of PhoenixBachelor of Science (various)varies
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Applied Studies in Leadership & Organizational Studies63
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 69
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technology Education & Trainingup to 60

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructors

Program instructor, Sharon Corrao

Sharon Corrao

Phone: 262.691.5407

Education

  • AAS – Surgical Technology, Nassau Community College
  • BSN, Adelphi University
  • M.Ed., Carroll University

Certifications

  • Registered Nurse
  • Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)
  • CPR for Healthcare Provider

Teaching Philosophy

"I love teaching students what I love to do! I am committed to helping each student achieve his or her goals."

Program instructor, Carrie Galecke

Carrie Galecke

Phone: 262.691.5407

Education

  • AAS -- Surgical Technology, WCTC
  • Bachelor’s – Health Administration, University of Phoenix

Certification

  • Certified Surgical Technologist

Teaching Philosophy

"Students enjoy learning when you, as the instructor, show them how awesome the program is in your eyes."

Program instructor, Vicki Walterman

Vicki Walterman

Phone: 262.691.5104

Education

  • AAS – Surgical Technician, Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • ADN, Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • BSN, St. Francis University
  • M.Ed., Cardinal Stritch University

Certification

  • Certified Surgical Technologist

Teaching Philosophy

"I am truly dedicated to what I teach, how I teach and to the individuals that I teach."