September 2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    May 25, 2020  
September 2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of Science/Applied Science in Surgical Technology (ASST/AASST)


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(Please see the Undergraduate Program Offerings by Campus  chart in the catalog or on the Herzing Website at www.herzing.edu/career-programs/downloads for a list of Herzing campuses offering this program.)

Program Description

This surgical technology program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to function in the operating room or as an important member of the surgical team along with surgeons, nurses, and other medical personnel to ensure proper surgical care before, during, and after a surgical procedure. Each student will be prepared for entry-level surgical technology positions in the operating room or surgical setting.

Program Outcomes

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

  1. Perform expanded entry level functions in pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative case management
  2. Articulate the role and responsibility of a patient focused surgical technologist.
  3. Communicate and interact effectively within the surgical environment.
  4. Describe the use of surgical technology including robotics, lasers, and laparoscopic devices.

Potential Occupational Titles

Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, surgical technologist.

Program Content

A minimum of 65.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.

General Education Prerequisites


The following general education prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C (70%) or better for a student to be continued in the Surgical Technology program:

  • Anatomy and Physiology With Lab
  • General Microbiology With Lab

All other general education courses must be passed with a grade of D (60%) or better to be continued in the Surgical Technology program.

A student who is dropped from the program for failing to achieve the minimum grade specified in the general education courses, but who otherwise meets the academic standards of the University, may transfer to another Herzing degree program and/or may reapply to the Surgical Technology program in a future cycle.

Required Support Course


2.00 semester credit hours are required.

Required Surgical Technology Courses


All courses, 33.00 semester credit hours, are required.

General Education Requirements


Students enrolled in this associate’s program must complete a minimum of 28.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education  section of the catalog for Herzing University courses that would satisfy these requirements. *

8.00 Semester Credit Hours in Anatomy and Physiology With Lab
4.00 Semester Credit Hours in Computer Applications
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in English Composition
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities With a Critical Thinking Focus **
1.00 Semester Credit Hours in Information Literacy
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Microbiology With Lab
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social or Behavioral Science
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Speech

* Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 28.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.

** A course with a critical thinking focus would be a course that addresses the theories and application of critical analysis with an emphasis on developing sequential reasoning skills. Examples may be courses in critical thinking, philosophy, logic, or science.

Personal and Professional Development Courses


2.00 semester credit hours are required.

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