Accelerated Alternative Delivery (AAD)

The Accelerated Alternative Delivery (AAD) program prepares professionals working in the Surgical Technology field that cannot become certified by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to complete a diploma in surgical technology at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, making the student eligible for certification. A one semester online program is offered by the accredited program at Cabarrus College. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will graduate from Cabarrus College with a diploma and be eligible for certification. The program is offered in a block format. It includes 14 hours of theoretical knowledge from the core curriculum of the Surgical Technology Diploma Program.

This program is for surgical technology professionals that are: on the job trained; graduates from a non- Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) accredited Surgical Technology program; graduates from an accredited surgical technology program that completed the educational requirements before March 1, 2000; or military trained.

Pre-Requisites Required for Admission
- ENG 101 English Composition I
- PSY 101 General Psychology
- BIO 190 Principles of Microbiology
- BIO 100 Medical Terminology

ST-AAD Courses Online (Block Scheduling)
- SRG 111 Introduction to Surgery
- SRG 121 Surgical Procedures
- SRG 131 Surgical Procedures II
- BIO 163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology

Experiential Learning
- SRG 115 Fundamental Perioperative Techniques *
- SRG 125 Surgical Clinical I *
- SRG 135 Surgical Clinical II *
*Life experience credit available. See reverse side for details.

The fall semester starts the fourth week of August. The spring semester starts the second week of January. All coursework is submitted online. Class size will be 10 students per semester.

The cost for the AAD program is approximately $5,360 for 14 hours of online instruction.

Contact Michelle Gay, Program Chair for application information at 704-403-1758.

How to Apply to the Surgical Technology AAD Program
1. Submit a Cabarrus College of Health Sciences application and $50 application fee. (Available here);
2. Submit official transcripts from previous schools attended (high school and college)
3. Provide evidence of successful completion of high school or college level algebra I, and either algebra II, or geometry; and biology.
4. Provide evidence of completion of the following courses:
- ENG 101 English Composition I 3 credits
- BIO 100 Medical Terminology 1 credit
- BIO 190 Microbiology 4 credits
- PSY 101 General Psychology 3 credits
Science credits can not be more than five years old

5. Provide evidence of test scores on the SAT (430 critical reading/ 380 math), ACT (18), or ASSET (35 writing, 37 reading, 33 numerical).
6. Provide letters of recommendation from a current immediate supervisor and from a surgeon
7. Submit a clinical experience portfolio. This portfolio needs to document at least 125 surgical cases in:
General, OB/GYN, ENT, URO and Ortho Specialities.
8. Upon meeting all requirements for admission and enrollment, the student may request experiential learning credit by submitting the following items to the Registrar:
- Credit for Life Experience Application with supporting documentation and portfolio
- Current resume and the above mentioned clinical portfolio
- Letter explaining life experiences
- A non-refundable processing fee ($150 per course non-refundable)
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