Diana Montoya, Department Chair
Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science
The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).
The Surgical Technology program teaches students classroom and hands-on learning in surgical techniques, patient prep, and Operating Room (O.R.) prep. Students will learn how to create and maintain a sterile field. They will also learn how to scrub, gown, glove, drape, and use case management. Students will be taught hemostasis, how to use sutures, needles, stapling devices, and how to handle specimens. In addition, students will learn pharmacology and anesthesia, wound care, and use the principles of infection control. How to handle sharps, pass instruments and supplies during procedures will also be taught. Training will include how to perform surgical counts, room turnover and terminal cleaning processes. You will also learn to properly process and sterilize instruments. Finally, students will engage in extensive clinical work to gain experience working with surgeons and staff in a real O.R.
The Surgical Technology (STE) program has a selective admissions process. The program application and requirements are available in the Nursing Division office or at Pueblo Community College STE from January 1 to May 15. All Nursing Division programs have essential functions to help you be successful in the program and career.
Note: You must undergo a background check and drug screen before we can officially admit you into the program. A felony, loss of license, administrative disciplinary proceeding for negligence, malpractice, recklessness, or willful or intentional misconduct may prohibit entrance into the program and/or eligibility to sit for licensure exams.
A Surgical Technologist is a vital member of the operating room team and requires extensive commitment and special qualities for those who practice in this profession. A PCC Surgical Technology student will become prepared to immediately assume the wide range of entry-level responsibilities encompassed by the profession of Surgical Technology. Students will gain quality classroom and hands-on training for working in the field of Surgical Technology.