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Accelerated Alternative Delivery Surgical Technology (AAD-ST)

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Program Description

The CCBC AAD-ST Distance Learning Program is a non-credit continuing education program. The curriculum was developed in accordance with the objectives of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) and with the policies of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST). The AAD Program is designed for the ST who is currently working in the “first scrub” role and completed their surgical technology training on-the-job or graduated from a non-CAAHEP accredited ST Program. The program is offered in an online distance learning accelerated format.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Students will be prepared to take the national certification exam to become a certified surgical technologist.


Certifying Organization:

National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical First Assisting (NBSTSA); http://nbstsa.org/


Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP);

1361 Park Street, Clearwater FL 33756

www.caahep.org; 727-210-2350; FAX: 727-210-2354;


Program Objectives:


At the completion of the AAD-ST Distance Learning Program, the graduate will be able to:


1.   Function more effectively as a caring member of the surgical team.

2.   Combine knowledge from basic and surgical science with critical thinking to better function in their role as a competent ST.

3.   Meet the eligibility requirements for the national certifying exam administered by the NBSTSA.

4.   Continue employment as a ST or pursue options that require certification (CST) after passing the exam.

5.  Assume responsibility for continued professional and personal development through lifelong learning/continuing education.

Financial Aid and Payment Options

  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length

9 months. 

The AAD Surgical Technology Program begins each year as follows:

                                                (Specific dates will be provided with the acceptance letter)


                                                The 3rd Monday in April & The 3rd Monday in October

Program Requirements

   Working computer with internet access

   Computer skills to navigate the online classroom

   Completed AAD Program application

   Pre-assessment exam

   Successful completion* of Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology

   Signed Acknowledgment Form for Surgical Technology Program Technical Standards

   Signed statement of academic and professional integrity

   2 letters of recommendation from current or former supervisors attesting to competency in Surgical Technology

   Official proof of ST training OR official documentation showing successful completion of a non-CAAHEP accredited Surgical Technology Program.

   Employment verification from current employer on company letterhead attesting to current employment as a Surgical Technologist

Application Process

Selective Entry – The AAD-ST program requires the following application and acceptance process:

  1. New students: Call CCBC registration at 443-840-4700 to apply for a CCBC Student Identification (ID) number. Application cost is $10.00. After receiving your ID number, proceed to step 2 below.
  2. Go to https://shwa.ccbcmd.edu/ to retrieve your user name and create a password.
  3. Go to https://ccbcmd-bb.blackboard.com/ to access the online application.
  4. Enter your user name and password.
  5. Click the “Course” tab at the top of the page. You will see the application course for AAD-ST Program Series. Click on the application course and read the instructions on the first page.
  6. In addition to completing the application you MUST submit the following items by the cutoff   date in the area labeled “Assignments” in Blackboard to meet all of the application requirements:
  • Application (2 pages)
    • Must be submitted as a .doc, .docx or .rtf
  • Essay
    • Topic listed in Blackboard
    • Must be submitted as a .doc, .docx or .rtf
  • Scanned copy of the following:
    • Signed Academic and Professional Integrity form.
    • Signed Surgical Technology Program Technical Standards form.
    • Transcripts showing successful completion (a grade of “C+ or better) of program prerequisites as outlined in this information packet. 
    • Two letters of recommendation from current or former supervisors attesting to competency in surgical technology.
    • Official documentation of ST training OR official documentation reflecting successful completion of a non-CAAHEP accredited surgical technology program as described in this information packet.
    • Employment Verification form.
  1. Check the Blackboard “Gradebook” for admissions decision approximately 10 days after the submission deadline.

Application period: 

April Start: February 6 - April 3 (April 3 is the closing date)  

October Start: July 25 – September 29 (September 29 is the closing date)

(All completed application materials must be received on the closing date by 5:00pm EST)


Acceptance Notification: 

Applicants will be notified of program acceptance status approximately 10 days after the application deadline via Blackboard.


Student Response:

Applicants must accept offered seat by the date stated in their acceptance notification.

Program Course Sequence

Note: In addition to completing the required courses, students must register and take the CST exam within 30 days (before or after) of expected program completion date in order to receive graduation certificate from CCBC.

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours



Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

Module 1:

AHL 728

Pharmacology for AAD-ST




Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist, 4th edition; ISBN: 978-0-323-34083-0; published by Elsevier; $98.95

AHL 727

Microbiology for AAD-ST




Microbiology for Surgical Technologists, 2nd edition; published by Delmar;

ISBN: 978-1-111-30666-3; $174.95

Module I Totals:




T - $410/F-$750


Module II:



Surgical Technology Theory for AAD-ST




Surgical Technology for the Surgical Technologist, 4th edition; published by Delmar; ISBN: 978-1-111-03756-7 or 1-111-03756-6; $211.80

Surgical Technology for the Surgical Technologist Study Guide and Lab Manual, 4th edition; published by Delmar; ISBN: 978-1-111-03758-1 or 1-111-03758-2, $47.9


Surgical Technology in Practice for AAD-ST






Technological Sciences for the Surgical Technologist





Module II Totals:





Module III:



Surgical Technology Capstone for AAD-ST






Surgical Portfolio Review for AAD-ST





Module III Totals:





Course Series Totals:






Additional Information

Skills for Success:


This program is completely online which means that applicants/students must have access to a computer with internet access. On a scale of 1-5, students should have computer skills at the 2-3 level (basic to medium) to navigate the online instructional environment. The accelerated pace of this program means that students should be prepared to dedicate a substantial amount of time to reading, studying, preparing assignments, online discussions, and taking assessments.

Each course in a module must be passed with a minimum of 80% in order to pass the course and continue on to the next module. Students who are not successful in a course will be required to wait until the next AAD session to repeat the class, PERMITTING SPACE IS AVAILABLE. Because the program is a non-credit certificate program, transcripts will reflect a grade of “CC” for completed competency or “NC” for not completed competency.



Graduate ST’s have the opportunity to become nationally certified through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) provided all eligibility requirements are met. Certified Surgical Technologists (CST) are mainly employed by hospitals to work in the OR; however, many CSTs are expanding into other areas such as physicians’ offices, outpatient surgery centers, materials managers, medical sales representative, surgical first assisting and teaching


The primary goal of the AAD program is to provide accelerated route for on-the-job trained STs or non-CAAHEP accredited program graduates to become eligible to take the national certification exam administered by the NBSTSA.

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Program Contact Information

Contact Information:

AAD-ST Program Instructor: 

Amy Flagler




Administrative Assistant: 

Carole Parlett



Technical Standards

Accelerated Alternate Delivery Surgical Technology (AAD-ST)


Technical Standards:

The duties of a ST require the ability to stand for long hours while constantly being focused on the task at hand. They need to exercise safe practices while exposed to unpleasant sights, odors, materials, and communicable diseases. Their duties also require them to be detail oriented and to work accurately and quickly. A high level of manual dexterity, psychomotor skills, and integrity are vital.

The following is a partial listing of the types of skills usually required for adequate job performance:


1. Physical Requirements

a. Sufficient strength and mobility to:

  • Lift and position anesthetized patients
  • Move swiftly within close quarters while maintaining the sterile field
  • Lift large instruments trays weighing up to 30 pounds
  • Stand in one small area for long periods of time

b. Fine motor coordination sufficient to perform precise and delicate tasks such as:

  • Handle delicate surgical instruments
  • Safely handle surgical and hypodermic needles
  • Manipulate instruments while attached to body tissues

c. Adequate vision to:

  • Visualize and control fine surgical instruments
  • Identify fine microsurgical instruments
  • Read medication labels at least one foot away
  • Visualize the operative field in detail
  • Read instruction sheets and computer sheets

d. Sufficient hearing to:

  • Hear and understand verbal instructions under noisy conditions from masked personnel
  • Hear alarms and operating noises of surgical equipment

2. Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism

a. Have the ability to:

  • Work in a professional manner as a member of the surgical team under extreme stressful situations
  • Remain calm and perform as trained during emergency and life & death situations
  • Interact in a professional manner with many personalities and attitudes, and with people from many different backgrounds
  • Respect and protect patient rights and confidentiality without regard to personal beliefs and judgements
  • Maintain proper certifications required to perform the duties of the profession
  • Maintain a surgical conscience
  • Willingness to precept others
  • Commitment to working shifts as assigned, which may include on-call, holidays, and weekends

b. Sufficient communication skills to:

  • Give and receive accurate written and verbal instructions
  • Carry out all written and verbal instructions
  • Follow proper channels of communication
  • Communicate in a calm and professional manner
  • Accurately interpret the patient’s needs
  • Communicate clearly and effectively to any team member regarding breaches in sterile technique
  • Provide patient/public education related to the profession of surgical technology

c. Intellectual ability and emotional stability to:

  • Exercise independent judgement to properly care for the surgical patient
  • Accurately utilize all resources material available to prepare for a surgical procedure
  • Accurately identify, calculate dosage, and transfer medications
  • Work calmly and efficiently in stressful situations
  • Maintain calm during emergency situations
  • Perform duties while exposed to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights, odors, and materials
  • Accept feedback from others
  • Complete program requirements


3. Environment Requirements

Surgical technology work involves risks and/or discomforts that require special safety precautions including, but not limited to:

  • Wearing gowns, caps, masks, gloves, and eye protection
  • Providing proof of recent immunizations against infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Receiving Hepatitis B vaccine and annual testing for exposure to tuberculosis
  • Submitting to periodic drug screening


Program Delivery


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