Certified Surgical Technologist Credential

Certified Surgical Technologist Credential

Credits Available

  • BIO 212: Anatomy and Physiology (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Behavioral Science (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Principles of Medical Microbiology (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Principles of Pharmacology (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Surgical Technology sequence of 4 courses (20 credits, lower division level)

Dates Valid

January 2011 through December 2021

Issuing Agency

National Board of Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting

Applying for the Credit 

Submit a Credential Credit Application to apply for the credit.

  • Charter Oak students: Log into the Acorn Student Portal and look in Student Self-Service / Student Forms.
  • Non-Charter Oak students: Contact the PLA Office to request a Credential Credit Application.

Course Descriptions

Anatomy & Physiology I (3 credits, lower division level) A systematic study of human anatomy and physiology including the histology, gross anatomy and organ-level physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems designed to give students entering the allied health fields a strong background in human structure and function. Equivalent to BIO 212: Anatomy and Physiology.
Anatomy & Physiology II (3 credits, lower division level) A continuation of Human Anatomy and Physiology I which includes the histological and gross anatomy and organ-level physiology of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.
Principles of Medical Microbiology (3 credits, lower division level) Provides a medical view of microorganisms: their morphology and physiology. Pathogenic microorganisms, including etiology and pathology, are examined in detail as applicable to the hospital environment. Includes the study of aseptic and antiseptic techniques involving patients, equipment, clinical areas, obtaining pure cultures and identifying cultures.
Principles of Pharmacology (3 credits, lower division level) Introduction to the nature and properties of drugs with emphasis on the need for patient/client education concerning medication therapy. Contemporary legal issues in pharmacology are examined. Technical competencies relating to medication administration are included.
Behavioral Science (3 credits, lower division level) Survey course providing an overview of introductory topics in the basic schools and systems of psychology. Topics include historical and scientific origins, research, biological foundations, sensation and perception, learning, memory, thinking, language, intelligence, emotion, and motivation.
Surgical Technology I (4 credits, lower division level) Orientation to hospital organization, administration, and physical structure, with concentration on surgical areas. Interpersonal relationships, stressing patient welfare and the "surgical team" concept. Introduction to medical terminology and microbiology. Emphasis on development of knowledge and skills relating to principles and practices of sterilization, aseptic techniques, surgical instruments and supplies, pneumatic and electrical equipment; electrosurgical, cryosurgical, and laser techniques. Selected laboratory and clinical experience.
Surgical Technology II (4 credits, lower division level) Development of knowledge and skills required of a "scrub" assistant, knowledge and understanding of "circulating" duties, procedures of patient preparation, basic operative procedure, reporting and recording operative data, radiological and endoscopic procedures; principles of anesthesia and related safety measures; techniques of catheterization and plaster application. Selected laboratory and clinical experience in the hospital setting includes exposure to the Endoscopy Unit and Central Supply.
Surgical Technology III (6 credits, lower division level)
Orientation to specific surgical specialties including hernia surgery, surgery of the gastrointestinal tract, surgery of the gall bladder, pancreas, liver and spleen and gynecologic and obstetric surgery, with related surgical anatomy pathophysiology and specialty instrumentation. Relevant ethical and legal considerations. Selected clinical experience in the hospital setting includes exposure to PACU and Ambulatory Surgery Centers as well as correlated participation as scrub assistant and assisting with circulating duties under supervision.
Surgical Technology IV (6 credits, lower division level) General orientation to specific surgical specialties including genitourinary, plastic, head and neck, orthopedic, otologic, ophthalmic, neurologic, thoracic, peripheral vascular and cardiovascular surgery with related surgical anatomy, pathophysiology and special instrumentation. Relevant ethical and legal considerations. Selected clinical experience in the hospital setting includes exposure to the Endoscopy Unit, Central Supply and Delivery Room as well as correlated participation as scrub assistant, and assisting with circulating duties under supervision.