Mission & Goals


Mission & Goals

Areas of Study

The Surgical Technology Program prepares graduates to function as members of the surgical team. A surgical technologist works as a member of the operating room patient-care team along with medical doctors, registered nurses, other technologists, orderlies and housekeeping staff. The role of the surgical technologist is specifically focused on the application of aseptic technique and the tools of modern technology to patient care.

The degree plan combines classroom teaching with supervised clinical experience for the surgical technologist. The student will receive information in anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, surgical pathology and surgical procedures along with the standard practices involved in surgical technology.

Program Mission

The Austin Community College Surgical Technology Program is committed to equitably serving our diverse student population as well as our community by dedicating ourselves to prepare proud, competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Our dedicated team of instructors provides effective teaching of surgical technology combining both physical skills taught in the laboratory and clinical settings along with didactic classroom instruction to give our students the understanding of relevant pathophysiologies, the surgical procedure to address them and the role of the surgical technologist therein. This information allows our graduates to provide excellent patient care as contributing members of the healthcare team.

Program Goals

The degree plan combines classroom teaching with supervised clinical experience for the surgical technologist. The student will receive information in anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, surgical pathology and surgical procedures along with the standard practices involved in surgical technology. Graduates will have scrubbed in on or otherwise participated in at least 120 surgical procedures. Upon completion of the program, the student is qualified to take the national certification examination for surgical technologists. The central goal of the program is preparing students to pass this exam.

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Surgical Technology Updates

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