The AAS in Surgical Technology at Collin College is a 12 month program (Summer, Fall, Spring) that will prepare the student for entry-level as a surgical technologist. The course of study consists of approved courses from the Workforce Education Course Manual of Texas. These courses must be taken in full sequence to assure progression of content from simple to complex. The is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and modeled after the Association of Surgical Technologists national curriculum.
for the program were developed based on the national curriculum and standard job descriptions.
The Association of Surgical Technologists is the professional organization for surgical technologists. For three decades, the primary purpose of AST has been to ensure that surgical technologists have the knowledge and skills to administer patient care of the highest quality.
The Surgical Technology program is based on the accreditation standards and guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Surgical Technologist developed by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP). CAAHEP, the American College of Surgeons, and the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) cooperate to establish, maintain and promote appropriate standards of quality for educational programs in surgical technology and to provide recognition for educational programs that meet or exceed the minimum standards outlined in accreditation standards. CAAHEP accredits programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). These accreditation standards are the minimum standards of quality used in accrediting programs that prepare individuals to enter the Surgical Technology profession. The accreditation standards therefore constitute the minimum requirements to which an accredited program is held accountable.