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BSSA Academic Plan

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A three-year academic plan of study for those with few or no prior college credits seeking a Bachelor of Science in Surgical Assisting. 120 Credits (62 BSST, 58 General Education)

Sample Academic Plan

(curriculum is subject to change) 

  • 3 Years
  • 120 Credits

Year 1//Semester 1 Fall

Course Number Course Title Credits
BI 156 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
HC 105 Medical Terminology 2
MA 101 College Algebra 3
EN 115 Composition and Professional Writing 3
SS 100 Student Success 1
SUR 100 Introduction of Surgical Technology 2
TOTAL 15

Year 1//Semester 2 Spring

Course Number Course Title Credits
BI 256 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
CH 122 General Chemistry 4
CM 100 Health Communication 3
SUR 110 Fundamentals of Surgical Technology I 4
TOTAL 15

Year 1//Semester 1 Summer

Course Number Course Title Credits
SUR 210 Fundamentals of Surgical Technology II 3
SUR 221 Sterile Processing 3
Philosophy/Ethics Requirement 3
SUR 207 Surgical Patient Care 3
SUR 225 Infection Prevention 3
TOTAL 15

Year 2//Semester 2 Fall

Course Number Course Title Credits
BI 352 Microbiology 4
PS 105 Introduction to Psychology 3
SUR 231C Surgical Clinical I 4
SUR 228 Surgical Pharmacology 3
TOTAL 14

Year 2//Semester 1 Spring

Course Number Course Title Credits
General Elective 3
SUR 332C Surgical Clinical II 4
SUR 350 Advanced Surgical Procedures 3
SUR 310 Diagnostics Basics 2
BU 221 Healthcare Economics 3
TOTAL 15

Year 2//Semester 2 Summer

Course Number Course Title Credits
BU 320 Foundations of Healthcare Management 3
SUR 330 Introduction to Surgical Assisting 3
SUR 443C Surgical Clinical III 4
SUR 370 Introduction to Office Practice 2
Diversity Requirement 3
TOTAL 15

Year 3//Semester 1 Fall

Course Number Course Title Credits
SUR 410 Surgical Assisting Anatomy and Techniques 4
PH 360 Contemporary Issues in Healthcare 3
SUR 415 Surgical Synthesis I 1
SUR 441C Surgical Assisting Clinical I 5
EN 310 Empathetic Listening 3
TOTAL 16

Year 3//Semester 2 Spring

Course Number Course Title Credits
General Elective 3
HD 300 Adulthood and Aging 3
SUR 420 Risk Management and Surgical Quality Standards 2
SUR 442C Surgical Assisting Clinical II 6
SUR 485 Surgical Synthesis II 1
TOTAL 15

Credit Hour Ratio:  1 credit theory = 15 hrs, 1 credit lab (science) = 30 hrs, 1 credit lab (program) = 45 hrs, 1 credit clinical = 60 hrs

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