Course Challenge

For Transfer Students

Students who want to transfer from another surgical technology program or graduates of non-accredited programs may apply to challenge the coursework for SURG 440. Students who successfully challenge SURG 440 may enroll in SURG 441 on a space available basis.

Applicants must meet the requirements for admission into the program and possess a current Basic Life Support-C recognition card

To challenge SURG 440, students must pass (receive a score of 78% or better) an exam covering Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Medical Terminology, Pathophysiology, and O.R. Pharmacology. To challenge SURG 441, students must pass (receive a score of 78% or better) on an exam covering Aseptic Technique, Instrumentation, Patient Safety, Surgical Equipment and Supplies, Wound Closures. They must also demonstrate clinical skills competencies at the level of a beginner or better for the following skills:

  • Body Mechanics
  • Passing Instruments
  • Draping
  • Sponge & Needle Counts
  • Aseptic technique
  • Handling Sutures

For Practicing Surgical Technologists

Practicing Surgical Technologists who are not certified may become eligible to sit for the certification exam by challenging SURG 440 and 441 and, if successful, enrolling in SURG 442 and SURG 443. This is accomplished by obtaining a written agreement between the Coordinator of the program and the candidate's O.R. manager outlining the duties, rights and responsibilities of both parties with regard to the candidate's credentialing process; submitting documentation of having performed the role of the scrub assistant for a minimum of 516 hours during the scheduled semester; submitting weekly clinical evaluations completed by a representative of the Surgical Technology Program for the above documented hours; taking and passing the Final Exam with a grade of 78% or better.

Students who challenge are not required, but are strongly advised, to attend the weekly classroom sessions. The written final exam will cover the following topics:

  • Preoperative Diagnosis
  • Incisions and Wound Closure
  • Instrumentation
  • Supplies
  • Sutures and Needles
  • Accessory and Specialty Equipment
  • Medications
  • Dressings
  • Prognosis
  • Postoperative Complications

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