AAS – Surgical Technology

Associate of Applied Science – Surgical Technology

The Associate of Applied Science – Surgical Technology program prepares the graduate Surgical Technologist with the educational foundation to deliver quality patient care during the perioperative experience. The program strives to provide the surgical practice community with skilled, professional practitioners. The program offers the framework for lifelong learning of the practitioner.

Upon completion of the program, students are required to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) exam. This must be completed prior to graduation.

Accreditation

MACC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. All two-year degree and certificate programs are approved by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education. The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) based on the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA)

CAAHEP
9355 – 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

ARC-STSA
19751 E Main St, Suite 339
Parker, CO 80138
(303) 694-9262
www.arcstsa.org

Program Outcomes

When students complete an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Surgical Technology (ST) degree at MACC they will be able to: AAS-ST-program-outcomes. This is our program promise.

Outcomes for 2022 were:
Retention Rate: 90%
Placement Rate: 90%
Certification Pass Rate: 100%

Program Contact Information:

Carrie DeLine, CST, FAST
Program Director, Surgical Technology
MACC – Columbia
601 Business Loop 70 West, Suite 216
Columbia, Mo 65203
660-263-4100 ext. 12260

Health Sciences Office
Moberly Area Community College
101 College Avenue
Moberly, Missouri 65270-1304
(660) 263-4100 ext. 11250

Surgical Technology Degree Map


Additional Graduation Requirement
Missouri law, included in Senate Bill 807, requires every college student pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at a public institution to pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination with at least a 70 percent to graduate. The rule will apply to the incoming class of first-time college students in the fall of 2019 and all students thereafter.

This academic map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between MACC and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to meet the academic objectives of the college. MACC specifically reserves the right to modify, delete, or add to any academic map at any time within the student’s period of study at the college.

  • Take the ATI TEAS exam and achieve at least a 50% – this test can be scheduled through the MACC website at https://www.macc.edu/testing-at-macc/

  • All university or college coursework attempted will be evaluated by the MACC Registrar to determine a student’s cumulative grade point average. Admission is contingent on having a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or higher. Submit all official transcripts to MACC’s Registrar to include your High School/GED/HiSET and any other colleges attended (including as a Dual Credit Student)—it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all transcripts are ordered and sent to MACC. 

  • The following prerequisites are required for admission into the Surgical Technology Program and must be completed prior to starting the program. All courses must be passed with a “C” or above at the college level.

    CLASS

    CREDIT HOURS

    BIO205 Human Anatomy            4
    BIO206 Microbiology            4
    BIO209 Physiology            4
    HSC171 Medical Terminology             3
    LAL101 Composition I            3
    MTH140 or higher math            3
  • Health Insurance is required for all Surgical Technology students.

  • Please note that upon acceptance, students must complete additional background screenings, a physical exam, submit to a 10 panel + oxycodone urine drug screen, and provide proof of immunizations.

Deadline for completed applications is May 1 of each calendar year.

  • Complete the MACC Admissions Application

  • Submit all official transcripts to MACC’s Registrar to include your High School/GED/HiSET and any other colleges attended (including as a Dual Credit Student)—it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all transcripts are ordered and sent to MACC.

  • To apply to the Surgical Technology Program:
    (*DEADLINE FOR COMPLETED APPLICATIONS IS MAY 1 OF EACH CALENDAR YEAR.)

    1. Once you have completed your MACC Admissions Application and received your username and password information, log in to myMACC.

    2. Click on the Student Tab.

    3. On the left-hand side, click on Program Applications.

    4. Click on the Surgical Technology Application Form.

    5. Complete and submit the form.

  • Complete a criminal background check at www.machs.mshp.dps.mo.gov and email the results (as an attachment) to the Surgical Technology Program at SurgicalTech@macc.edu
  1. A great deal of material is covered in a short period of time; this requires a dedicated student. We recommend at least 2-4 hours of study for every 1 hour of class time. It is recommended that student surgical technologists be employed no more than 16 hours per week.

  2. Clinical experience is an extremely important part of your education. All absences must be made up. If more than 20% of clinical is missed, it will be necessary for you to drop that course.

  3. We use several health care facilities in our area. Transportation to and from clinical sites is your responsibility.

  4. Students may be required to attend educational workshops (usually one per semester). Transportation and workshop fees are the responsibility of the student.

  5. The health care facilities that we use for clinical experiences are nicotine free environments.

  6. Clinical facilities require current proof of BLS (basic life support) certification prior to entering the clinical area. The BLS certification must be the course for health care providers.

Academic Map

Surg Tech Alternate Pathway Map

The Surgical Technology Alternate Pathway program enables the NBSTA (National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting) Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) to advance from a certificate to an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Candidates for the program must:

1. Complete the MACC Application

2. Submit all official transcripts to MACC’s Registrar to include your High School/GED/HiSET and any other colleges attended (including as a Dual Credit Student)—it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all transcripts are ordered and sent to MACC.

3. Submit proof of graduation (i.e. official transcript) from an accredited surgical technology program with at least a 2.0 GPA.

4. Submit proof of current NBSTA CST credential to Carrie DeLine, Director of Surgical Technology.

5. Complete 24 credit hours of required general education coursework at MACC with a letter grade of “C” or above.

6. Apply for graduation once all program requirements have been met (see below for additional graduation requirements).

For More Information Contact:
Carrie DeLine, CST, FAST
Program Director, Surgical Technology
MACC – Columbia
601 Business Loop 70 West, Suite 216
Columbia, Mo 65203
660-263-4100 ext. 12260

Health Sciences Office
Moberly Area Community College
101 College Avenue
Moberly, MO 65270
660-263-4100 ext. 11250

STUDENT AFFAIRS: General information on program admissions, costs, and other features of Moberly Area Community College.

FINANCIAL AID: Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, loans, work study, and scholarships or a combination of these. Additional information is available from the Financial Aid Office.

Financial Aid Office
101 College Ave.
Moberly, MO 65270
(660) 263-4100 ext.11296
finaid@macc.edu

Nondiscrimination Statement
Moberly Area Community College is committed to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital or parental status, religion, genetics, ancestry, or veteran status, in admissions, educational programs, activities, and employment.

Inquiries concerning Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which guarantees access to education regardless of disability, should be directed to:

Stacy Donald
Director of Access and ADA Services
601 Business Loop 70 West, Suite 216
Columbia, MO 65270
660-263-4100, ext.12120

All other inquiries concerning nondiscrimination, including equal opportunity and Title IX, should be directed to one of the following people:

Todd Martin
Vice President for Instruction
101 College Avenue
Moberly, MO 65270
660-263-4110, ext.11264

To meet the requirements for graduation from Moberly Area Community College, a student must meet the requirements of the degree or certificate and:

  1. complete 15 semester hours of college-level credit applicable to a degree at Moberly Area Community College;

  2. complete the required course sequence for the degree or certificate program;

  3. achieve a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average;

  4. submit an application for graduation;

  5. pay in full all balances due to Moberly Area Community College.


Students seeking any Associate’s degree must also meet the following requirements:

  • pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Exam as specified in Senate Bill 807 with a score of 70% or higher (beginning Fall 2019);

  • complete the state Constitution requirements as specified in Section 170.011 RSMo (Supp. 1987). This requirement is met by taking HST105, HST106, PSC103, or PSC105 or transferring an equivalent MOTR course. Students transferring an appropriate government or political science course from another institution may take an example to satisfy this requirement.


Surgical Technology Graduates must also meet the following requirements:

  1. complete all required clinical cases;

  2. earn a grade of “C” or above in all required courses that are part of the Surgical Technology curriculum;

  3. take the NBSTSA certification exam prior to graduation.


Case Requirements for graduation

  • A student must complete a minimum of 120 cases as delineated below:

    • A. General surgery 1. A student must complete a minimum of 30 cases in General Surgery.
      • a) 20 of these cases must be performed in the FS role.
      • b) The remaining 10 cases may be performed in either the FS or SS role.

    • B. Specialty surgery 1. A student must complete a minimum of 90 cases in various surgical specialties, excluding General Surgery.
      • a) A minimum of 60 cases must be performed in the FS role and distributed amongst a minimum of four surgical specialties.
        • 1) A minimum of ten cases in four different specialties must be completed in the FS role (40 cases total).
        • 2) The additional 20 cases in the FS role may be distributed amongst any one surgical specialty or multiple surgical specialties.
      • b) The remaining 30 cases may be performed in any surgical specialty in either the FS or SS role.
        • 2. Surgical specialties (excluding General Surgery)
          • a) Cardiothoracic
          • b) Genitourinary
          • c) Neurologic
          • d) Obstetric and gynecologic
          • e) Orthopedic
          • f) Otorhinolaryngologic
          • g) Ophthalmologic
          • h) Oral Maxillofacial
          • i) Peripheral vascular
          • j) Plastics and reconstructive
          • k) Procurement and transplant

Upon graduation from the program, students can work in the following areas:

  • Staff technologist in operating room
  • Staff technologist in OB/Delivery
  • Staff technologist in Outpatient Unit
  • Chief Technologist
  • Scheduler
  • Materials Manager
  • Laser/Endoscopic Technician

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