Commonly Asked Questions



What is the Surgical Technology Program?                                    

The Surgical Technology Program at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) is designed to prepare students to become integral members of the surgical team. Surgical Technologists, also known as“scrubs” or “operating room technicians,” work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists,registered nurses and other surgical personnel delivering quality patient care and assuring appropriate responsibilities before, during and after surgery. The main responsibilities of a surgical technologist include preparing operating rooms and equipment, maintaining a sterile surgical environment, and assisting surgeons during procedures. Students who complete the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam offered by the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. 

What Will I Learn?

Students in the Surgical Technology Program will learn to:

·        Efficiently and accurately prepare for and assist with surgical procedures.

·        Communicate effectively and purposefully when interacting with patients and other health care providers.

·        Demonstrate behaviors that model ethical, legal and practical standards.

·        Remain current in emerging technologies and innovations as they relate to the surgical technology profession.

What Careers Use These Skills?

Surgical Technology Program graduates are eligible for employment in hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient clinics and veterinary hospitals. The median annual income of Surgical Technologists in 2008 was $38,740, with the median 50 percent earning between $32,490 and $46,910 annually.


What Degree or Certificate Can I Earn?           

Graduates of the Surgical Technology Program will earn an Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology.


What Courses Will I Take?

Always check with an advisor to determine what courses to take. All BCCC students must meet the College’s computer literacy requirement in order to receive a degree or certificate. All students are required to complete the PRE 100 course within the first six credits. PRE 100 is an academic achievement preparation course earning one credit. The following is a list of courses, in sequential order by semester.


Surgical Technology (Associate of Applied Science)






PRE 100: Preparation for academic Achievement


ENG 100: English Writing


MAT 107: Statistics or MAT 128: Precalculus

3 or 4

SP    101: Fundamentals of Speech


BIO  101: General Biology




Additional Courses




AH 130: Medical terminology


BIO 111: Anatomy and Physiology I


SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology


SGT 101: Surgical Instrumentation


AH 230: Study of Disease Process


BIO 112: Anatomy and Physiology II


SGT 103: Introduction to Surgical Technology


SGT 104: Basic Surgical Procedures


SGT 105: Hospital Clinical II


AH 135: Allied Health Pharmacology


BIO 212: Microbiology


SGT 201: Hospital Clinical II


SGT 205: More Advanced Surgical Procedures


AH 110: Medical Jurisprudence and Ethics


SGT 210 Hospital Clinical III


SGT 215: Advanced and Specialized Procedures


PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology



                                                   Program Total 69 or 70



How Do I Enroll?

The Surgical Technology Program is a limited access program with a maximum acceptance of only 16 students per year. Students must complete program prerequisite courses to be eligible to apply for admission into the Surgical Technology Program. Sciences must be completed within 5 years of entry into the program and must be passed with the grade of “C” or better. A separate application to Baltimore City Community College is also required.


Important Facts


·        All students must maintain overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.

·        All science courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

·        Applications are accepted for Fall entry only.

·        A mandatory 120 surgical cases must be completed at an approved clinical site prior to graduation.

·        All students are required to sit for the National Certification exam for Surgical Technologists in order to graduate.





For more information, contact:


Andrea Drisdom

Program Coordinator for Surgical Technology




You may also contact Brittany Henderson of the Admissions Office at 410-462-8309 or by e-mail: brhenderson@bccc.edu.


To apply to BCCC, follow these steps:


1.Submit a completed admissions application with a $10 application fee.

2.Submit a completed Maryland Residency Verification form.

3.Submit appropriate academic credentials to the Admissions Office:

a. Official high school transcript(showing evidence of graduation);

b. GED diploma (with a copy of your scores);

c. Official college transcript (if transferring from another college)

4.Take the ACCUPLACER placement test.

5.Participate in New Student Orientation session, either online or in-person.

Note: Applicants under the age of 16 must meet with the Director of Admissions for special admissions requirements.

For general admissions information and assistance, call 410-462-8300.