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Surgical Technology, CST Pathway to AAS (SGTPD)

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The Certified Surgical Technologist to Associate of Applied Science (CST to AAS) degree of the Mohave Community College Program of Surgical Technology provides students with the opportunity to further their knowledge and education culminating in an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology.

  • The Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) is in line with the current recommendation of the professional body, the Association of Surgical Technologists, which recommends an AAS degree to work in the field of Surgical Technology.
  • The degree adds to the competitiveness of a Surgical Technologist seeking employment. Many hospitals have a career ladder, which can require an associate’s degree for advancement.
  • An advanced degree furthers the student’s education and rightly positions him/her for additional education.
  • This course of study incorporates knowledge and principles from the liberal arts with an emphasis on the sciences in theory.

The mission of the Mohave Community College Surgical Technology Program is to promote excellence in surgical technology by fostering communication and collaboration among faculty and students.

The Mohave Community College Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for Surgical Technology, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756.

The CST to AAS degree is a national program with the core classes offered online. This program is designed specifically for the practicing Certified Surgical Technologist. Requirements include 62 credit hours for graduation with 37 credits hours transferring for the active Certified Surgical Technologist. Only three credit hours are transferrable for the General Education Core Curriculum. For more information concerning the Surgical Technology, CST Pathway to AAS, see the Surgical Technology webpage.

Requirements for Graduation: Passing all General Education courses for the AAS degree with a “C” grade or better. Note: For a course to be eligible for transfer, the student must receive a “C” or better. Acceptance of a transfer course is determined by the receiving institution.


The applicant must be a Certified Surgical Technologist by NBSTSA with current certification and achieve an acceptable score on the placement test.

CST Certification Credits Required: 37

  • Students MUST provide copy of current CST Certification by NBSTSA (37)

Total Degree Credits: 62

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