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2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surgical Technology, AAS

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My Academic Plan (MAP) - Surgical Technology
Degree: AAS
Major Code: 0835
Advising: Lita Parton, Program Director; (870) 391-3318,
Advising Center: M184 South Campus, (870) 391-3115

This MAP serves as a guideline to graduate in 4 semesters. The Key Milestones/Prerequisites listed for each semester highlight significant achievements that must be completed in the degree track. Students who do not follow the four semester plan and/or who do not complete identified milestones may jeopardize their financial aid (if applicable) and/or delay graduation. Please refer to the Northark catalog or advisor for any changes or modifications which may have occurred after the publication of this document.

  • Program Application Required: Yes
    Contact Lita Parton, Program Director (see above)

Academic Preparedness

Northark recognizes the important connection between student success and academic preparedness. Students may be required to complete one or more of the following courses before enrolling in the MAP sequence of courses. Summer and/or intercession courses may be required to graduate within 4 semesters. Developmental course credits earned do not count towards degree completion requirements.

Surgical Technology

The Surgical Technology Program prepares graduates to function in the operating room as members of the surgical team in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during, and after surgery. The curriculum combines classroom and laboratory instruction with actual surgical suite experience. Successful completion of the program prepares the graduate to write the National Certification Examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST), which is a requirement for graduation from the program. MAT 1134 or ET 1134 - Applied Algebra & Trigonometry  will not be accepted as an option for the math requirement for this program.

Possible Prerequisite Courses


Students must complete each required course in the remainder of this MAP with a minimum grade of “C” to obtain this degree.

Students begin in the Pre-Allied Health Technical Certificate. Required courses (bold) from Pre-Allied Health Technical Certificate to be completed prior to program entry include:

Semester 1 (Fall)

Total Credits: 15-16

Semester 2 (Spring)

Total Credits: 14

  • Students who complete the above Pre-Requisites (Sciences taken no longer than 5 years previous to application) are ready to apply to the Surg Tech Program.
  • Upon written program acceptance, the following courses are taken. Courses in the Surg Tech Program must be taken in sequence. Failure of any SUR course prevents progression in the program.

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 15

Grand Total Credits: 60-61

ET 1134  (previously MAT 1134) Applied Algebra & Trigonometry will not accepted as an option for the Math requirement for this program

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