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Technical Diploma in Surgical Technology

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

The goal of the Bossier Parish Community College Surgical Technology program is to prepare graduates who possess cognitive skills necessary to function as an entry-level surgical technician; psychomotor skills necessary to perform the skills required of a surgical technician in the operating room environment; and affective skills necessary to function as an effective surgical team member while demonstrating professionalism

The Bossier Parish Community College Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19, Suite 158, Clearwater FL 33763, phone; 727-210-2350, fax: 727-210-2354,, after recommendation by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) 6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110, Littleton, CO 80120, Phone: 303-694-9262, fax: 303-741-3655 www.arcstsa.orgWill 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. competency in the performance of skills utilizing the history and current standards and practices of the Surgical Technology profession to make effective on-the-job professional decisions.

Specific Requirements:

Students pursuing the 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. The program length is 18 months, which includes a Clinical Case requirement of completion of a minimum of 120 surgical procedures. No more than sixteen (16) students are selected for each program class. Program class size is determined by clinical site availability and employment statistics. Selection into the program is based on grade point average for the qualification courses and other evaluative criteria. Additionally, BPCC must have received official copies of all transcripts from all colleges attended, prior to being considered for admission to a clinical program.

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 on the BPCC web site) 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. During the last semester of enrollment in the program, each student is required to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) examination.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation". The information provided here is the best available to us but represents one year's data only, however, we hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices. » Gainful Employment information for this programWill open new browser window or tab

Required courses for Technical Diploma in Surgical Technology

Qualification Courses 
(must be completed prior to entering program classes)
BLGY 110: Medical Terminology 3
BLGY 120: Intro to  Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
BLGY 120L: Intro to Human Anatomy and Physiology lab 1
ALHT 105: Medical Ethics and Law 3
ALHT 109: Healthcare Systems and  Safety 2
ALHT 116: Dosage Calculations and Measurement  3
Total credit hours for Qualification Courses  15
Program Courses
Summer session Hours
STEC 101: Orientation to Surgical Technology  1
STEC 102/102L: Introduction to Surgical Technology/ Lab 4
Fall semester Hours
STEC 110: Surgical Procedures I  3
STEC 111: Clinical Specialities  3
STEC 112: Surgical Practicum I  6
Spring Semester Hours
STEC 120: Surgical Procedures II 3
STEC 121: Surgical Specialties and Review  3
STEC 122: Surgical Practicum II 6
Additional Required  Courses
(must be completed prior to or concurrent with enrollment in spring semester program courses)
BLGY 202: Microbiology for Nursing and Allied Health  3
BLGY 202L: Microbiology for Nursing and Allied Health Lab 1
ALHT 115: Pharmacology  3
ALHT 206: Pathophysiology 3
Total Credit hours for Technical Diploma in Surgical Technology  54

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