2021-2022 Catalog

Surgical Technology (A.S.)

Associate in Science

BCC Program Advisor: Frank Schickor

413-236-4564 • fschicko@berkshirecc.edu

 

McCann Program Advisor: Jocelyne Hescock 413-663-5383, ext. 180 • jhescock@mccanntech.org

Note: Surgical Technology Studies (AHS-171) is offered only at McCann Technical School.

The number of surgical procedures is expected to continue to rise as the population continues to grow and age, creating an increase in employment opportunities for surgical technologists.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Surgical technologists work in the sterile environment with surgeons, anesthesia personnel and nurses in delivering surgical patient care. Scrub surgical technologists prepare the surgical environment by selecting and assembling sterile supplies and equipment, preparing and maintaining the sterile field through- out surgery, and anticipating the needs of the surgical team by passing instruments and sterile items in an efficient manner. Surgical technologists are employed in hospital-based operating room settings, outpatient surgical centers, maternity units, emergency rooms, central sterile reprocessing units and in the medical sales field.

McCann’s program includes components of the basic sciences, operating room practices and procedures, safe patient care, operating room technique, surgical procedures and clinical practice. This will be accomplished by preparing competent graduates in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains of learning and meeting or exceeding the criteria set forth in the current Standards and Guidelines for an accredited program in surgical technology.

Established in 1963, the McCann surgical technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education and Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (www.arcst.org). McCann graduates are eligible to sit for the national board exam given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (www.nbstsa.org). In 1990, the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc., declared the associate degree to be the preferred educational model for entry level practice.

Students enrolled in the McCann program may begin to take BCC courses concurrent with their surgical technology course- work and then continue as full- or part-time students to complete required BCC courses for the associate degree. Other students may wish to pursue some or all of the associate degree requirements at BCC before applying to McCann for the surgical technology program. Previous graduates of the McCann program are encouraged to contact BCC for specific advising regarding the courses necessary to qualify for the associate degree.

Expected Outcomes

  • Information Literacy: 
    • Navigate rapidly growing information environment through use of digital technology, purpose-driven inquiry, and research.
    • Locate, evaluate, and effectively use information from a broad range of discipline-appropriate sources.
  • Scientific Literacy: 
    • Comprehend, interpret, and present scientific data, and draw conclusions based on scientific reasoning and evidence.
    • Engage in lab to understand experimental design and analyze and interpret data.
  • Critical, Creative, and Strategic Thinking: 
    • Form relevant, focused, grounded, and challenging questions that guide academic inquiry.
    • Consider, analyze, synthesize, and respond to diverse viewpoints in a variety of academic settings.
    • Develop innovative strategies for problem solving using original and predictive thinking.
    • Work independently and collaboratively to solve problems.
    • Extrapolate from known material to predict outcomes and create scenarios.
  • Quantitative Reasoning 
    • Use and develop formulas to analyze data in a variety of fields and real world situations.
    • Translate English into mathematical expressions, equations, and inequalities.
    • Solve equations for an unknown quantity in order to understand complex situations.
    • Analyze and interpret the relationships among data sets via graphs, tables, and equations.
  • Written and Oral Communication: 
    • Write with clarity and purpose, demonstrating an awareness for rhetorical context and audience.
    • Present clearly reasoned and persuasive academic arguments with effective use of evidence in a variety of discipline specific formats.
    • Effectively and constructively communicate ideas in individual, small, and large group settings.
  • Global Awareness and Historical Context: 
    • Demonstrate knowledge of world cultures and histories.
    • Cultivate familiarity with major artistic, philosophical, and literary movements throughout history.
    • Develop a sense of personal awareness in the context of historical movements and structures and their influence on contemporary live.
    • Develop a foundational understanding of physical, emotional, psychological, and intellectual wellness

 

Graduation Requirements

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete all program and general education credits, plus the following Additional Requirements.

Program Courses

AHS-103Nutritional Awareness

1

AHS-171

AHS-121Essentials of Pharmacology

3

BIO-150Introduction to the Human Body

3

BIO-207Microbiology

4

Total Credit Hours:43

AHS-171: See footnote 1

General Education Courses

CHM-150Essentials of Chemistry

3

COM-Communication

3

ENG-English Composition/Writing

6

MAT-136Mathematics for the Health Sciences

3

PSY-107Introductory Psychology

3

-General Education Elective

3

Total Credit Hours:21

General Education Elective: See footnote 2

Additional Requirements

Core Competencies Portfolio 4 items
FORUM 4 units
Health/Fitness  3.30 hours

Current LCC-ST Certification or Certification Eligibility

Minimum Cumulative Average Overall 2.000

Health/Fitness: See footnote 3

Suggested Pathway to Graduation

  • Information Literacy:
    • Navigate rapidly growing information environment through use of digital technology, purpose-driven inquiry, and research.
    • Locate, evaluate, and effectively use information from a broad range of discipline-appropriate sources.
  • Scientific Literacy:
    • Comprehend, interpret, and present scientific data, and draw conclusions based on scientific reasoning and evidence.
    • Engage in lab to understand experimental design and analyze and interpret data.
  • Critical, Creative, and Strategic Thinking:
    • Form relevant, focused, grounded, and challenging questions that guide academic inquiry.
    • Consider, analyze, synthesize, and respond to diverse viewpoints in a variety of academic settings.
    • Develop innovative strategies for problem solving using original and predictive thinking.
    • Work independently and collaboratively to solve problems.
    • Extrapolate from known material to predict outcomes and create scenarios.
  • Quantitative Reasoning
    • Use and develop formulas to analyze data in a variety of fields and real world situations.
    • Translate English into mathematical expressions, equations, and inequalities.
    • Solve equations for an unknown quantity in order to understand complex situations.
    • Analyze and interpret the relationships among data sets via graphs, tables, and equations.
  • Written and Oral Communication:
    • Write with clarity and purpose, demonstrating an awareness for rhetorical context and audience.
    • Present clearly reasoned and persuasive academic arguments with effective use of evidence in a variety of discipline specific formats.
    • Effectively and constructively communicate ideas in individual, small, and large group settings.
  • Global Awareness and Historical Context:
    • Demonstrate knowledge of world cultures and histories.
    • Cultivate familiarity with major artistic, philosophical, and literary movements throughout history.
    • Develop a sense of personal awareness in the context of historical movements and structures and their influence on contemporary live.
    • Develop a foundational understanding of physical, emotional, psychological, and intellectual wellness

 

Required

AHS-103Nutritional Awareness

1

AHS-171

BIO-150Introduction to the Human Body

3

ENG-101Composition I

3

ENG-102Composition II

3

CHM-150Essentials of Chemistry

3

MAT-136Mathematics for the Health Sciences

3

AHS-121Essentials of Pharmacology

3

PSY-107Introductory Psychology

3

Footnotes — Surgical Technology Option

  1. Surgical Technology Studies are only offered at McCann Technical School in North Adams, Massachusetts.
  2. General Education Elective chosen from History, Humanities, or Fine Arts.
  3. Fulfilled by successful completion of AHS-171.