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Course Information

Schedule of Classes

Course Descriptions and Outlines:

Surgical Technology Medications and Microbiology
Operating Room Techniques I
Operating Room Techniques II
Introduction to Operating Room
Surgical Procedures I
Surgical Procedures II


The RCTC Surgical Technology is an Associate of Applied Science Degree Program.  The general education classes are self-paced.

General Education requirements include:

ENGL 1117           Reading & Writing Critically, 4 cr.
BIOL 1217             Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 cr.
BIOL 1218             Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 cr.
CHEM 1101          Elements of Chemistry, 3 cr.
PSYC 1611           Psychology of Adjustment, 3 cr.
BTEC 1600           Introduction to Medical Terminology, 2 cr.
BTEC 2870           Employment Strategies, 1 cr.
NA 1610                Nursing Assistant for Surgical Technology,  5 cr.

                                 TOTAL  26 cr.

Surgical Technology Program specific classes can only be taken after admittance to the Surgical Technology Program.  These classes are taken on a full time basis, beginning in the fall semester of each year.  Program specific classes include:

ST 2110                 Surgical Technology Medication & Microbiology, 3 cr
ST 2120                 Operating Room Techniques I, 5 cr
ST 2121                 Operating Room Techniques II, 5 cr
ST 2122                 Introduction to the Operating Room, 3 cr
ST 2123                 Surgical Procedures I, 9 cr
ST 2124                 Surgical Procedures II, 9 cr

                                TOTAL  34 cr.

Description: Surg Tech clinical experienceThe second year is the surgical technology course sequence that includes instruction using a combination of methods, including lecture, practice in a well-equipped laboratory, and actual clinical experience in the operating room.

The majority of clinical experience will be at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Students also gain clinical experience at other hospitals in southeastern Minnesota. The student will receive excellent clinical experience in various surgical specialties including general, gynecology, ear, nose, throat, eye, plastics, urology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, and thoracic surgery.

As part of the requirements to graduate from the Surgical Technology Program, students must take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certifying Examination for Surgical Technologists. The cost is approximately $250. Upon successful completion of the Surgical Technology Program, students receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Rochester Community and Technical College. Many hospitals require their employees to be certified.

The RCTC Surgical Technology Program began in1974 and has been accredited since 1977 by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

Notice of Minnesota Background Study Requirement
Minnesota Statute 245C requires that students who have contact with individuals in licensed institutions complete an annual background study with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Individuals who do not pass the background study will not be allowed to participate in clinical activities. A list of disqualifying offenses is available at https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=245C.15.

Students in the program will also be required to complete a National Criminal Background Study. Information about completing the background study will be available from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

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