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Submitter's Information


Nancy James


Dean, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences


North/Far North


Sierra College

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Amy Schultz

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Program Details

Program Title

Associate in Science Degree, Surgical Technology

Submission Type

New Program

TOPs Code

Surgical Technician (121700)

Projected Start Date


Catalog Description

The Surgical Technology program prepares students for entry-level employment as surgical technologists in hospitals surgery centers and specialty clinics. The program combines didactic instruction, laboratory simulation and clinical experiences, providing students with the knowledge and skills required to enter the field of surgical technology in accordance with the American Medical Association and the Association of Surgical Technologist guidelines.

Enrollment Completer Projections

This is a cohort-based program with maximum student enrollments in a cohort limited to 25. We expect 20-22 students successfully earning a degree from each cohort.

Program Proposal Attributes

Program Award Type(s) (Check all that apply)
  • A.S. Degree (S)
Program Goal

The goal of the Surgical Technology Program is to prepare entry-level Surgical Technologists who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

1.Demonstrate practical and functional skills and knowledge of surgical technology.

2.Demonstrate responsibilities and accountabilities within the role and competencies expected of a surgical technologist.

3.Demonstrate competencies to meet the performance standards and scope of practice.

Course Units and Hours

Total Certificate Units (Minimum and Maximum)


Units for Degree Major or Area of Emphasis (Minimum and Maximum)


Total Units for Degree (Minimum and Maximum)


Course Report

Program Requirements Narrative

The Surgical Technology associate in science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See Sierra College graduation requirements.

Program Requirements
(Y1 or S1)
ALH 100Basic Sciences for Surgical Technology6.5
ALH 101Surgical Patient Care Concepts5.5
ALH 102Surgical Specialties6
ALH 103Clinical Practice for Surgical Technology10
ALH 104Surgical Skills Lab5.5

ALH 105                        Certified Surgical Technologist (SCT) Exam Preparation   0.5

ALH 106                         Law and Ethics for Allied Health Professionals    2

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02/08/24 - 10:33 AM



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Shari Dempsey Super User   ·  03/05/24

Programs approved by voting members at the NFN Reg Summit March 5, 2024