Mar 22, 2023  
2022-2023 College Catalog 
2022-2023 College Catalog

Surgical Technology, A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS #5211
Chairperson: Jodi Dorrough
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 204, (518) 629-7469

The A.A.S. in Surgical Technology degree program will provide the professional skills, knowledge and attitude required for a career in health care. This program introduces the student to the theory and practice of Surgical Technology and Peri operative practice in the classroom, laboratory and actual clinical setting. Students are prepared to function as a professional member of the surgical team by demonstrating knowledge of aseptic techniques, surgical procedures and instrumentation. The learning environment for students facilitates the development of knowledge, skills and values for professional development. This program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP).

This program is completed in a standard two-year format.

Students are required to take the National certification exam within one semester from completion of the program.

Once a student has passed the Certification of Surgical Technology Exam through National Board of Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), they will obtain the proper credentials of a Certified Surgical Technologist.

Program Goal: To prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Please note additional policies regarding Heath Science programs: Unsatisfactory pre-clinical, clinical, practicum and academic performance will result in students being dismissed from a health science program. The respective health science program faculty will

make all recommendations for readmission. All decisions will be based upon an individual student review process. Readmission will require students to successfully repeat previous clinical, practicum and/or academic courses that faculty require. In addition, if a student is dismissed from the program, the student may be required to provide evidence of growth in necessary areas as identified by the faculty at the time of dismissal. Dismissed students must reapply under the program’s current admission procedure.

Once a student has been readmitted to a program, core curricular courses must be completed in term sequence without interruption. Any student who misses a term may not be permitted to continue in the program.

Students who are dismissed from Health Science Programs at Hudson Valley or other institutions due to inappropriate or dangerous clinical behavior and/or personal misconduct during patient interactions will not be allowed admission to any Hudson Valley Health Science program or Health Science course with a clinical component. A notation will be placed on the student’s academic transcript indicating the student was dismissed from the Surgical Technology program.

Please note: Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may affect an individual’s right to be licensed. For further information, applicants should contact New York’s State Education Department’s Office of Professions (

All science courses and PSYC 205 must have been completed within five years in order to be applicable toward this degree program.

Program Entrance Requirements

Courses Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average
Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math, biology and chemistry w/labs (75 or above for Regents or 85 or above for non-Regents in each course) Fall only CPR Certificate required for clinical courses. Grade of “B” required in non-credit bearing courses. Grade of “C” required in credit bearing math and science courses. Regents Diploma: 75 or above or Non-Regents Diploma: 85 or above

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $910.

Total Credits Required: 64

Major Requirements*

*or specific course equivalents as approved by department chairperson.
**Students must meet and achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all degree required courses. Students must achieve a grade of “C” or better in all science and Surgical Technology courses in order to advance to the next Surgical Technology course.

(1) Mathematics Elective Credits: 3

Any credit-bearing MATH course.

Total Credits Required: 64

Suggested Course Sequence for Accelerated Study

Please note: Students will need to consider whether or not they will have awarded financial aid funds remaining from the previous fall and spring semesters to apply toward the summer term.

Term Total: 18

Term Total: 17

Summer Term

Term Total: 14

Term Total: 15

Suggested Course Sequence for Full-Time Study

Term Total: 18

Term Total: 17

Third Term

Term Total: 14

Term Total: 15