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Surgical Technology, AS

Keiser University

This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Clearwater Campus

Keiser University’s Associate of Science degree in Surgical Technology provides students with the technical ability; knowledge and skills required for entry-level employment as a member of a healthcare team in hospital or surgical center operating rooms. Students receive instruction in essentials of healthcare, surgical instrumentation, anatomy, physiology, medical language and pharmacology.  Graduates are prepared for employment as surgical technologists.

Program Objectives

The mission of the Surgical Technology program at Keiser University is to provide didactic and clinical instruction that will prepare students to achieve success on the national board examination and demonstrate competency as an entry-level surgical technologist who will serve the needs of the healthcare community and enhance the quality of care for surgical patients.

The program’s mission is further defined in the following goals:

  • Students will apply basic scientific principles related to anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology for safe transfer, positioning, prepping, and draping of surgical patients.
  • Students will utilize effective, professional interdisciplinary collaboration as a member of a healthcare team.
  • Students will integrate their surgical technology knowledge base in cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains, thus demonstrating skill in following established criteria, protocols and objectives for an entry level surgical technologist.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

  • Background check and drug screening when applicable;
  • Immunization record signed by physician;
  • Successful completion of all general education requirements with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher

Program Outline

To receive an Associate of Science in Surgical Technology, students must earn 74.0 credit hours. Program requirements are as follows:

Lower Division Courses

Surgical Technology Major Courses (48.0 credit hours total)
Surgical Techniques and Procedures I 4.0 credit hours
Surgical Techniques and Procedures II 4.0 credit hours
Surgical Techniques and Procedures III 4.0 credit hours
Surgical Specialties I with Anatomy and Physiology 4.0 credit hours
Surgical Specialties II with Anatomy and Physiology 4.0 credit hours
Surgical Specialties III with Anatomy and Physiology 4.0 credit hours
Surgical Specialties IV with Anatomy and Physiology 4.0 credit hours
Surgical Specialties V with Anatomy and Physiology 4.0 credit hours
Once all courses listed previously have been completed, the following externship courses are taken in sequence as listed.
Surgical Technology Externship I 4.0 credit hours
Surgical Technology Externship II 4.0 credit hours
Surgical Technology Externship III 4.0 credit hours
Surgical Technology Externship IV 4.0 credit hours
Behavioral Science (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Psychology Sociology 3.0 credit hours
Communications (3.0 credit hours)
Speech Communications 3.0 credit hours
Computers (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Computers 3.0 credit hours
English (3.0 Credit Hours)
English Composition I 3.0 credit hours
English Composition II 3.0 credit hours
Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)
American Literature 3.0 credit hours
English Literature 3.0 credit hours
Mathematics (6.0 credit hours)
Intermediate Algebra 3.0 credit hours
College Algebra 3.0 credit hours
Statistics 3.0 credit hours
Natural Science (6.0 credit hours)
Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0 credit hours
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0 credit hours

All students sit for the certification exam at the end of Externship IV.

Program Outcomes

State Licensure Disclosure

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