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2009 - 2010 General Catalog



Surgical Technology Technical Diploma

The Surgical Technology program provides training for students to assist the surgeon in the operating room environment.

The Bossier Parish Community College Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater FL 22756, phone; 727-210-2350, fax: 727-210-2354,, after recommendation by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST), 6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110, Littleton, CO 80120, Phone: 303-694-9262, fax: 303-741-3655, open new browser window or tab

Learning Outcomes:

Recipients of the Technical Diploma in Surgical Technology will be able to demonstrate:

  1. the ability to communicate oral and written thought in a clear and organized manner that effectively and appropriately informs and conveys ideas to members of the healthcare team;
  2. the ability to anticipate, critically assess, recognize, and find timely solutions to possible surgical complications as appropriate to the role of the surgical technologist;
  3. the ability to assist in surgical procedures by using appropriate medical terminology and regulating necessary medicines, while acting with knowledge of a patient's physical and psychological pathologies;
  4. application of basic mathematical operations necessary to perform medical calculations in preparation for surgical procedures; and
  5. competence in the performance of skills utilizing the history, current standards and practices of the Surgical Technology profession to make effective on-the-job professional decisions.

Specific Requirements:

Students pursuing a Technical Diploma in Surgical Technology must first meet College admission requirements. All students who have successfully completed the designated qualifications courses for Surgical Technology with a grade of "C" or above are eligible to apply for program classes. Approximately twenty (20) students are selected for each program class. Program class size is determined by clinical site availability and employment statistics. Selection for the program is based on the following criteria:

  1. Grade point average (a "C" or above on all qualification courses)
  2. Three academic rating forms (references)

Students selected for the Surgical Technology program will be required to provide all required information for programs with a clinical component (described earlier in this section). Students in a program with a clinical component are required to pay an additional clinical fee (as listed in the BPCC Academic Bulletin) in addition to regular tuition. Program students must be available for lecture and clinical training Monday through Friday.

Students must test out of READ 099, into ENGL 101, and into MATH 099 as documented by ACT, placement tests, or course completion prior to beginning the program classes. Upon successful program completion a graduate is eligible to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) examination.

Required courses for Technical Diploma in Surgical Technology:

Qualification Courses
(must be completed prior to entering program classes)
BLGY 110: Medical Terminology 3
BLGY 224: Human Anatomy 3
  or BLGY 120:   Intro to Anatomy and Physiology
BLGY 224L: Human Anatomy Lab 1
  or BLGY 120L:   Intro to Anatomy and Physiology lab
ALHT 105: Medical Ethics & Law 3
ALTH 109: Health Care Systems/Safety 2
ALHT 115: Pharmacology for Allied Health Students 3
Summer Semester
(offered only during the summer semester)
STEC 101: Orientation to Surgical Technology (Session B) 1
STEC 102/102L: Introduction to Surgical Techniques and Lab (Session C) 4
Program Courses (Fall)
STEC 110: Surgical Procedures I 3
STEC 111: Clinical Specialties 3
STEC 112: Surgical Practicum I 6


Program Courses (Spring)
STEC 120: Surgical Procedures II 3
STEC 121: Surgical Specialties and Review 3
STEC 122: Surgical Practicum II 6
Additional Required Courses
MICR 110/110L: Survey of Microbiology 4
ALHT 116: Pharmaceutical Dosage Calculations & Measurements 3
ALHT 206: Pathophysiology 3
Total credit hours to earn the Technical Diploma in Surgical Technology 54


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