2019-2020 Catalog & Student Handbook 
    Jul 22, 2024  
2019-2020 Catalog & Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PreHealth (A10300ST), Surgical Technology Preparation, AGE


The Associate in General Education curriculum is designed for the academic enrichment of students who wish to broaden their education with an emphasis on personal interest, growth and development. Students will complete general education courses that provide a foundation for success in health science programs. Courses provide foundational knowledge needed in the pursuit of diplomas and associate of applied science degrees and successful completion of NAI, Medication Aid and NAII certification result in certification credentials for employment.

The Health Science programs at RCC have a competitive admissions process and do not directly admit students. Students interested in the Surgical Technology program are placed in A10300ST to take required general education courses for competitive admission to the program. Academic advisors will assist you in creating an education plan and timeline for admission so that you may complete your general education courses and know the requirements for the competitive admissions process for your respective health science program.

Admission Requirements and Special Conditions

A high school diploma (or equivalent), satisfactory scores on college placement tests (or equivalent) and a minimum GPA in English and mathematics are required. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, RCC offers pre-college courses to prepare students for a prehealth pathway.

Admission into the Surgical Technology program is a competitive process. A minimum grade point average of 2.8 or higher is required in the general education courses.

Special Certifications

Students are eligible to sit for certification exams upon completion of certain courses. Testing Fees may apply.

Program Curriculum

Class Hours 15 or 16 | Lab Hours 7 or 9 | Clinical Hours 3 | Credit Hours 20

Second Semester (Spring)

Class Hours 11 or 12 | Lab Hours 5 | Credit Hours 13 or 14

Third Semester (Fall)

Class Hours 4 or 5 | Lab Hours 6 | Clinical Hours 6 | Credit Hours 9 or 10

Total Credit Hours 42-44

Other Major Hours (21-22 SHC)

Other Major Hours (21 – 22) – These hours must be approved by the Director of Records and Registration prior to enrolling in courses other than those listed above. Students not realizing progress toward a health science credential will be assisted by an academic advisor in exploring other degree options.

Total (64-65 SHC)

Additional Curriculum Notes

  1. The Humanities/Fine Arts elective can be satisfied by completing one of the following: ART 111 , MUS 110 , MUS 112 , ENG 231 , ENG 232 , ENG 241 , ENG 242 , PHI 215  or PHI 240 . Students may not take an introductory foreign language to fulfill the Humanities/Fine Arts requirement.
  2. For the Surgical Technology program, a GPA of 2.8 or higher is required and calculation will be based upon grades earned in the following courses: BIO 168, BIO 169, ENG 111, PSY 150. Students may earn points for admission based upon final course grades in HSC 110, MAT 143, MAT 152 or MAT 171, and MED 120.