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Accelerated Alternative Delivery Surgical Technology (AAD-ST)

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); 25400 US Highway 19 North, Clearwater FL 33756​ www.caahep.org; 727-210-2350; FAX: 727-210-2354.

Financial Aid and Payment Options

Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship
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 on the 3rd Monday in April & the 3rd Monday in October. Specific dates will be provided with the acceptance letter.

Program Requirements

​Working computer with internet access, computer skills to navigate the online classroom

Students must have the following paperwork turned in to the coordinator PRIOR to the first class:

   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

To apply, go to ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Selective Entry - The Surgical Technologist program requires the following application and acceptance process:

1.You must first be a current CCBC student. If you are not an existing student with an username, ID, & CCBC email account, please call Continuing Education registration at 443-840-4700 or visit their website at http://www.ccbcmd.edu/Programs-and-Courses/Schools-and-Academic-Departments/School-of-Continuing-Education/How-to-Register.aspx to become a CCBC student. Once you are a student with an username, ID & CCBC email account, please proceed to step 2.

2. Students must then register for the application class on Blackboard (which is where you will submit all required documents). To do this, students must email aflagler@ccbcmd.edu or call 443-840-1887 or 443-840-2774 to obtain the correct CRN for the application class to register.

3. Once you have the CRN number, you then call registration at 443-840-4700 to register for the application class. There is a $10 application fee required at the time of registration.

4. After you have registered you will have access to the online application class through Blackboard. 

5. Once in Blackboard, click the “Course” tab at the top of the page. You will see the application course for your area of study on your list: Accelerated Alternate Delivery for Surgical Technology Series Application - AHL 116

6. Click on the application course and read the instructions on the first page.

7. You must submit the following items located in the tab ‘Submit Admissions Material’ in Blackboard by the admission deadline in order to meet all of the requirements for the application:​

  • 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.

Application period:
April Start: February 28 - March 31  (March 31 is the closing date)
October Start: August 31 – September 30 (September 30 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 student email.

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 - $420/F-$700


Module II:

AHL 726  

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

AHL 725  

Surgical Technology in Practice for AAD-ST




Same as above

AHE 715  

Technological Sciences for the Surgical Technologist




Same as above

Module II Totals:





Module III:

AHL 729  

Surgical Technology Capstone for AAD-ST





AHL 724  

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. As a graduate requirement of the program, all students must take the CST exam within 30 days of the expected graduation date before they are awarded a certificate indicating successful completion of the program. The CST exam cost is covered in the cost of the AAD - ST program.

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.

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Program Contact Information

AAD-ST Program Instructor: Amy Flagler aflagler@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-2774

Administrative Assistant: 443-840-1887

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:

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

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 judgments
  • 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 judgment 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

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

This program is offered both online and in-person/classroom based.