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Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology

With an Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology from The College of Health Care Professions, you will be prepared for entry-level employment as a surgical technologist. On the surface, surgical technologists assist surgeons in surgery, but really they do much more. Surgical technology encompasses roles and responsibilities in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases of the surgical patient. In the preoperative phase, responsibilities range from preparing the operating room for surgical procedures, ensuring surgical equipment is functioning, and preparing sterile supplies and instruments using aseptic technique. As we enter the intraoperative phase, responsibilities shift to anticipating the needs of the surgical team, passing instruments and supplies using aseptic technique, and handling specimens. The postoperative phase shifts to include assisting in applying dressings to closed wounds, assisting with patient transfer, cleaning the operating room, and/or disinfecting and preparing instruments for sterilization.

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