Surgical Technology

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree
Surgical Technology is an allied health profession that includes surgical technologists whose function is to work in close association with surgeons, registered nurses, anesthesiologists, and other surgical services personnel as integral members of the surgical team before, during, and after surgery. Knowledge of and experience with aseptic technique, surgical techniques, and surgical instrumentation qualify surgical technologists to prepare materials and equipment for use at the operative field and to assist in their use.

Surgical ClassAdmission Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited high school with a recommended overall grade point average of 2.0; or a GED certificate.
  • Anatomy & Physiology with Lab, English Composition, and College Math requirements must be completed before an application can be submitted; all prerequisites must be completed prior to beginning the program.
  • Satisfactory score on the preadmission entrance test.
  • Must be able to meet essential requirements of the program.
  • Two satisfactory Professional or Academic Reference Forms. Current or past employees of Riverside Health System will be evaluated for job performance and eligibility for rehire.
  • Official TOEFL results if English is your second language. Minimum score of 550 (paper) or 79 (Internet-based)
  • Applicants who are not U.S. citizens by birth must provide immigration or citizenship documentation.
  • Essay
  • Satisfactory interview (for applicants meeting above requirements).

Admission is on a competitive basis. Riverside College of Health Careers reserves the right to select those applicants who are deemed best qualified for both the program of study and potential employment by Riverside Health System.

Prerequisites (all courses must be completed with grades of "C" or above)

  • Anatomy and Physiology with Lab - 4 credits **
  • English Composition - 3 credits **
  • College Math (100-level or higher) - 3 credits **
  • General, Introductory, or Developmental Psychology - 3 credits
  • Medical Terminology - 2 credits 

**Must be completed prior to application submission.
All prerequisites must be completed before beginning the program.

How to apply
Download, complete, and submit the following application packet:
(In order to view these files, you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader which is available for free from the Adobe website)

The following cases are required for graduation from the Surgical Technology Program:
Surgical Case Requirements

The Surgical Technology Program is:

Institutional Certification: Certified by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) to operate in Virginia.

Institutional Accreditation: ABHES Accredited

Gainful Employment Disclosure - Surgical Technology

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