Surgical Technology
Surgical_Technology Surgical_Technology Surgical Technology
Contact: Nancy Dankanich, Program Manager • • 301.846.2605 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Nancy Dankanich, Program Manager
301.846.2605

1Apply

Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account. Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment. You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.
 

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college-level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

2Test

All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores


These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.

 

FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.



To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.

 

All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:
 

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes


Learn more and start the ROAR process here.

 

Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.

 

Walk-in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to email advising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).

 

For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules, and update your personal information.

5Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Services for Students with Disabilities, Veteran and Military Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Pre-Health Professions – Pre-Surgical Technology The Pre-Health Professions Area of Concentration within the A.S. in Arts & Sciences – Pre-Surgical Technology pathway prepares students to apply for acceptance into the FCC Surgical Technology program.

Students may apply to the FCC Surgical Technology A.A.S. Degree Program after successful completion of the selective admissions courses (first three semesters of this pathway), but acceptance into the program is not guaranteed. Upon acceptance into the Surgical Technology A.A.S. Degree Program, students should begin the Surgical Technology A.A.S. Degree pathway. 

Students who are not accepted into the FCC Surgical Technology A.A.S. Degree Program may complete this pathway to earn a Pre-Health Professions Area of Concentration A.S. in Arts & Sciences degree. Students who intend to transfer should work with their advisor to understand the requirements of their chosen college or university.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. 

General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester (Fall) – Selective Admissions Courses

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 - English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core MATH 120/MATH 120A - Statistics or MATH 127 - Statistics with Probability or Mathematics Elective (Gen Ed course list) of choice   3/4 Credits
3 Concentration CHEM 101 - General Chemistry Ior BSCI 55 (non-credit developmental course)or BSCI 150 (taken as an elective)   4 Credits
4 Elective Choose an elective in consultation with an advisor   3 Credits
5 Gen Ed Core COMM 105 - Small Group Communication   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester (Spring) – Selective Admissions Courses

6 Concentration BSCI 223 - Microbiology for Allied Health or BSCI 263 - Elements of Microbiology   4 Credits
7 Gen Ed Core BSCI 201 - Anatomy and Physiology I   4 Credits
8 Gen Ed Core SOCY 101 - Introduction to Sociology   3 Credits
9 Elective Choose an elective in consultation with an advisor   3 Credits
10 Concentration MEDA 108 - Basic Medical Terminology   1 Credit

3Recommended Third Semester (Summer) – Selective Admissions Courses

11 Gen Ed Core BSCI 202 - Anatomy and Physiology II   4 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester (Fall)

12 Concentration EDPS 210 - Human Growth & Development   3 Credits
13 Concentration NUTR 102 - Nutrition in a Changing World or NUTR 200 -Principles and Application of Nutrition)   3 Credits
14 Gen Ed Core PSYC 101 - General Psychology   3 Credits
15 Concentration ENGL 102 - English Composition and Literature   3 Credits

5Recommended Fifth Semester (Spring)

16 Gen Ed Core Arts Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
17 Electives Choose electives in consultation with an advisor (credits may vary to fulfill 60 credits for degree)   10 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Surgical Technology A.A.S. Degree The Surgical Technology A.A.S. Degree Program provides students with a foundation in the sciences and in the principles and practices of the surgical technologist’s roles during the phases of surgery. The essential components of this health career are applied through extensive preceptored clinical experiences.

A 60-65 credit A.A.S. degree option combines the clinical and didactic coursework of the certificate with general education requirements. Graduates with a certificate may work as a surgical technologist while completing the A.A.S. degree courses. Many employers will assist with the cost of tuition. 

The Surgical Technology A.A.S. Degree Program at FCC is a selective admissions program. This pathway is for students who have been accepted into the program only. Students who have not yet been accepted into the program should begin the Pre-Health Professions Pre-Surgical Technology pathway and apply to the Surgical Technology A.A.S. Degree Program after all selective admissions courses have been completed.


CERTIFICATION IN SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY (CST)  AWARDED BY THE NBSTSA

Class of May, 2017    11/12 CST Pass     91.6 % Pass Rate 

* Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N.
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763 
www.caahep.org
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester (Fall)

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics   3/4 Credits
3 Departmental Requirement Choose a BSCI 201 prerequisite elective in consultation with an advisor*   0/4 Credits
4 Departmental Requirement MEDA 108 - Basics of Medical Terminology or MEDA 109 - Medical Terminology   1/3 Credits
5 Departmental Requirement Elective   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester (Spring)

6 Gen Ed Core BSCI 201 Anatomy and Physiology I   4 Credits
7 Gen Ed Core PSYC 101 General Psychology or SOCY 101 Introduction to Sociology   3 Credits
8 Gen Ed Core Communications Elective (Gen Ed course list) (COMM required)   3 Credits
9 PHED/HLTH/NUTR Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement   1 Credit

3Recommended Third Semester (Summer)

10 Gen Ed Core BSCI 202 Anatomy and Physiology II   4 Credits
11 Departmental Requirement Elective (only required if BSCI 55 taken as BSCI 201 prerequisite above)   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester (Fall)

12 Departmental Requirement SURG 120 - Surgery Essentials   3 Credits
13 Departmental Requirement SURG 125 - Fundamentals of Surgical Technology I   6 Credits
14 Departmental Requirement SURG 130 - Introduction to Surgical Technology   6 Credits

5Recommended Fifth Semester (Jan Term)

15 Departmental Requirement SURG 135 - Fundamentals of Surgical Technology II   5 Credits

6Recommended Sixth Semester (Spring)

16 Departmental Requirement SURG 200 - Fundamentals of Surgical Technology III   6 Credits
17 Departmental Requirement SURG 205 - Fundamentals of Surgical Technology IV   6 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate information pertinent to the practice of surgical technology (cognitive domain).
  • Perform, independently, skills required for employment as an entry-level practitioner (psychomotor domain).
  • Exhibit professional behaviors consistent with college and employer standards for a surgical technologist (affective domain).

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2015-2017 Curriculum Pathway

Available scholarships for this program: 
  • Frederick Memorial Foundation Scholarship
  • Loats Foundation Scholarship
  • Joseph and Margaret Droll Memorial Scholarship
  • Association of Surgical Technologists
  • National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Surgical Technology Certificate NOTICE: The certificate in Surgical Technology will be offered through the cohort beginning January, 2020. After that date, the AAS in ST will be the only option. The Surgical Technology Certificate Program provides students with a foundation in the principles and practices of the surgical technologist’s roles during the phases of surgery. The foundations of practice are applied through extensive preceptored clinical experience.

*The Certificate of Completion will be offered through spring 2020 thereafter the AAS will be the only option.


The Surgical Technology Certificate Program provides students with a foundation in the principles and practices of the surgical technologist’s roles during the phases of surgery. The foundations of practice are applied through extensive preceptored clinical experience.

CAAHEP accreditation entitles program graduates to apply to sit for the national certifying examination in surgical technology. Enrollment is limited (20 students in each of two cohorts.)

The Surgical Technology Certificate Program at FCC is a selective admissions program. This pathway is for students who have been accepted into the program only. Students who have not yet been accepted into the program should begin the Pre-Health Professions Pre-Surgical Technology pathway and apply to the Surgical Technology Certificate Program after all selective admissions courses have been completed.


CERTIFICATION IN SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY (CST)  AWARDED BY THE NBSTSA

Class of May, 2017    11/12 CST Pass     91.6 % Pass Rate 

* Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N.
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763 
www.caahep.org
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester (Fall)

1 Prerequisite Choose a BSCI 201 prerequisite (if needed) in consultation with an advisor*   0/4 Credits
2 Departmental Requirement MEDA 108 - Basics of Medical Terminology or MEDA 109 - Medical Terminology   1/3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester (Spring)

3 Gen Ed Core BSCI 201 Anatomy and Physiology I   4 Credits
4 Gen Ed Core Communications Elective (Gen Ed course list) (COMM required)   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester (Summer)

5 Gen Ed Core BSCI 202 Anatomy and Physiology II   4 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester (Fall)

6 Departmental Requirement SURG 120 - Surgery Essentials   3 Credits
7 Departmental Requirement SURG 125 - Fundamentals of Surgical Technology I   6 Credits
8 Departmental Requirement SURG 130 - Introduction to Surgical Technology   6 Credits

5Recommended Fifth Semester (Jan Term)

9 Departmental Requirement SURG 135 - Fundamentals of Surgical Technology II   5 Credits

6Recommended Sixth Semester - Spring

10 Departmental Requirement SURG 200 - Fundamentals of Surgical Technology III   6 Credits
11 Departmental Requirement SURG 205 - Fundamentals of Surgical Technology IV   6 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
General Education Core Course List

For related non-credit continuing education and workforce development programs, see Health & Wellness Career Training. While continuing education and workforce development courses do not provide academic credits, participants experience affordable, flexible and rewarding programs, with select courses offering industry recognized training for licensure and career certification at the state and national level.
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.

Frederick Community College has articulation agreements with the following institutions, allowing students a seamless transfer experience. Students who plan to transfer should speak with an advisor or program manager from their chosen transfer institution before selecting elective courses.
person
Surgical Technologists
$47,300.00/yr • +12%*
*Median pay, projected job growth or decline from 2016-2026. Data source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018 Edition.
Explore Career Coach
for more salary and job
outlook information:
Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall(J200) • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • 301.846.2620