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2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog 
2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog

Surgical Technology, AAS

Location(s): Scottsbluff

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The Surgical Technology program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The primary goal of the program is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The curriculum includes selected science courses, which provide the basis for in-depth consideration of both theory and clinical application of principles utilized in surgical technology. Basic courses in the theoretical aspects of surgical technology encompass lecture, skills labs, clinical, and on-line instruction.

The mission of the Surgical Technology program is to provide a student-centric environment that develops professional, qualified, patient advocates who are prepared to function as competent entry-level professionals in the field of surgical technology, become life-long learners, and contribute positively to the communities and agencies they serve.

Furthermore, the program strives to meet student learning and employability goals via a combination of general education and comprehensive clinical education utilizing the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains. The program is committed to preparing graduates to support societal and technological advancements, aligning with the College’s mission to model excellence in service to the community.

Program Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective interpretation and expression of ideas through written and oral communication in the operating room.
  • Demonstrate the ability to employ critical thinking skills to determine necessary equipment for various surgical procedures.
  • Demonstrate the role of first scrub on all basic general and specialty surgical cases as defined by the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST).
  • Demonstrate the application of principles of asepsis in a knowledgeable manner that provides for optimal patient care in the operating room.
  • Demonstrate a surgical conscience in all aspects of their professional practice.


  • For admission requirements contact the Surgical Technology Program Director at 308.254.7431.
  • Students are required to undergo a criminal background check and 10-panel drug screen as part of the admissions process.
  • Participation in clinical coursework may require travel and/or temporary relocation outside of the immediate Panhandle area.
  • For information on transfer credits, refer to “Transfer of Credits to WNCC” in this catalog.
  • Students must take the ACCUPLACER® Basic Skills Assessment prior to registering for math and English courses.

Program Requirements

AAS General Education Core: 15-17 Credits

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  • Written Communication 3 Credits *
  • Oral Communication 3 Credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning 3-4 Credits *
  • Social or Lab Science 3-4 Credits **
  • Personal Development 3 Credits

*Written Communication and Quantitative Reasoning course selections are dependent on writing and math proficiency based on assessment. Students should consult with their academic advisor about specific general education courses required.

Total AAS Requirements: 60-61 Credits

Recommended Plan of Study

TOTAL AAS Credits: 60-61

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