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Why Choose Surgical Technology at PPCC?

The Surgical Technologist is an integral member of the surgical team including the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and nurse to deliver patient care before, during, and after surgery.  Before an operation, surgical technologists help prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment.  During the surgery, technologists pass instruments and other sterile supplies to the surgeons and assistants.

What do PPCC Surgical Technology students study?

Your education will prepare you for employment in the Surgical Technology field. The following Student Learning Outcomes are reflective of the goals you will meet during your time here at PPCC:

  • Exhibit mastery of surgical and  technical skills
  • Display professional behaviors and leadership in a health care environment
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with other allied health team members, family and patients.
  • Explain and implement best patient care practices

Once you gain your degree you will be a competent, educated and marketable allied health professional.

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Classes You Might Take

This course examines the basics and theory of surgical practice and skills.
This course covers the basics of surgical pharmacology including the metric system, pharmacological theory, surgical drugs and aspects of anesthesia.
This course reviews general, obstetric/gynecological, orthopedic and other surgical procedures..

What can I do with a degree in Surgical Technology?


Career Information
A Surgical Technologist is a pivotal member of the operating room team and this career requires a committed attitude and a certain set of patient centered qualities from those who practice in this profession. The Surgical Technology Program prepares you for an exciting career in a wide range of surgical settings, offering opportunities in hospital operating rooms, sterile processing, labor and delivery, opthalmology, cardiovascular, plastics, orthopedics and many other specialties. Students who successfully complete the PPCC Surgical Technology Program are able to than sit for the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technology given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Students can practice under the credentials of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) upon passing the exam.

The Industry and Job Types

Surgical technologists have many different job titles such as scrub tech, operating room technician, or surgical assistant.  This is a very diverse job that does many tasks across the patient care setting.  

For more career information, visit the Colorado Labor Market and search for surgical technologist.

Career Options

Potential career options include

  • Surgical Technologist
  • Surgical Assistant
  • Instrument Technician

Careers in Surgical Technology

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Surgical Technology Faculty Contact

David Provost

(719) 502-3031

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