2016-17 Catalog

Surgical Technology

Associate in Applied Science

This program is offered by Illinois Central College

Program Information

The surgical technologist, working closely with surgeons and registered nurses, functions as a member of the surgical team. Courses include the study of basic patient care practices, sterile technique, surgical anatomy, surgical procedures, working as a team, communication skills, ethical/legal aspects of safe patient care, and surgical supplies and instruments. Today's surgical technologist also must know how to assemble and troubleshoot high tech equipment and instrumentation. Students receive clinical experience in all the surgical specialties at area hospitals. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the national certification examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Admission to the Program: Selective

Admission criteria has been established by Illinois Central College. Students can complete their general education courses at Carl Sandburg College. Professional courses are offered at ICC in Peoria. Five positions in this program are reserved for Carl Sandburg College students.

For Additional Program Information Contact

ICC Health Careers & Public Services Dept., William Hammer, 309.999.4633 or bhammer@icc.edu

Associate in Applied Science

Required General Education Courses at Sandburg

BIO.211Anatomy & Physiology 1 *4
BIO.212Anatomy & Physiology 2 *4
BIO.200General Microbiology *4
ENG.101Freshman Composition 13
MDT.100Medical Terminology2
PSY.101Introduction to Psychology3
SOC.101Introduction to Sociology3
SPE.120Introduction to Public Speaking3
Humanities Elective (as approved by ICC)3
Total Semester Hours29

Required Program Courses at ICC

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Hours
SURTK 120 Introduction to Surgical Technology 4
HLTH 110 Fundamentals of Sterile Processing 2
Spring Semester
SURTK 130 Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist 1
HEOCC 114 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Health Care 1
SURTK 121 Fundamentals of Surgical Technology 7
Summer Session
SURTK 122 Fundamentals of Surgical Technology II 6
Second Year
Fall Semester
SURTK 210 Surgical Technology III 8
Spring Semester
SURTK 211 Advanced Fundamentals of Surgical Technology 7
 Total Semester Hours36

Total Program Requirement: 65

NOTE: Students enrolled in the Surgical Technology program must complete all BIO and SURTK courses with a grade of "C" or better in order to remain in and graduate from the program.


Students must meet prerequisites for BIO.200 General Microbiology, BIO.211 Anatomy & Physiology 1, & BIO.212 Anatomy & Physiology 2.