Majors & Programs

Majors and Programs

At UC Clermont, we offer a wide variety of associate degree programs. Some programs are intended for transition to UC Clifton or to other baccalaureate institutions, while others are career-oriented degrees leading directly to employment after graduation.

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Surgical Assisting

What is Surgical Assisting?

Surgical assistants, also called first assistants, assist in surgical operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. Surgical assistants are members of an operating room team, commonly including surgeons, anesthesiologists, circulating nurses and surgical technologists. Before an operation, surgical assistants help prepare the operating room. They assemble both sterile and non-sterile equipment, as well as adjust and check it to ensure it is working properly. Assistants also get patients ready for surgery by shaving and disinfecting incision sites. They transport patients to the operating room, help position them on the operating table and cover them with sterile surgical drapes. Assistants also observe patients’ vital signs, check charts, and assist the surgical team with putting on sterile gowns and gloves. During surgery, assistants aid surgeons and anticipate their needs. They hold retractors, suture patients, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments. Surgical assistants help prepare, care for, and dispose of specimens taken for laboratory analysis. They also apply dressings. Some operate sterilizers, lights, or suction machines, and help operate diagnostic equipment. After an operation, surgical assistants may help transfer patients to the recovery room, relating important information to recovery room personnel. They may also see patients post-operatively and remove sutures.

Success Factors

To succeed as a surgical assistant, you should have an excellent sense of responsibility, work quickly with attention to detail, deal well with emergencies, and be able to prioritize tasks in order of importance. You also need good manual dexterity and a high tolerance for blood, other bodily fluids and odors. You will need to tolerate standing for long hours without food, drink, or bathroom breaks. You also must be conscientious, orderly, and emotionally stable to handle the demands of the operating room environment. You must be willing to study throughout your career in order to keep up with medical advances.

Career Possibilities

When you complete the surgical assisting certificate, you may pursue employment opportunities as a surgical assistant in a hospital, doctor’s office or independent clinic.

Curriculum Guides

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The UC Clermont campus is on 92 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. We are relatively small and our faculty to student ratio is low. You will find small class size and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

As an allied health student, you will be taking your core courses at UC East. It's just a few miles away, on the east side of Batavia, and is a short drive from our main campus. It has plenty of parking, comfy study areas, and computer labs available for student use.

Special Programs

The Learning Center at UC Clermont provides free tutoring and online resources to help students get ahead and stay ahead in their classes.

Freshman Admission Requirements

This certificate is for people who meet the following criteria:

  1. You must have either a bachelor of science degree or an associate degree in surgical technology, a certificate in surgical technology, or military medical training as an operating room technician.
  2. You must also have three years current experience in the operating room as a surgical technologist, operating room scrub, or military with medical training in surgical technology or surgical assisting.
  3. In addition, you must have proof of health insurance, current CPR/Basic Life Support certification (available at UC Clermont or through the American Heart Association – BLS with AED), and up-to-date immunizations including Hepatitis B vaccination, and proof of current TB screening results.
  4. You will also need to pass a physical examination (by the doctor of your choice).

We will expect you to be computer literate enough to enter data, do basic word processing and handle computer files/records appropriately.

Application Deadlines

UC Clermont College is an open admission campus. Students may begin classes in any semester. Each semester has an application deadline of approximately four weeks before classes begin to allow for timely paperwork and financial aid processing. Students who apply after the deadline will be admitted to the next semester. For specific deadline information, call 513-732-5319 or visit

However, you should plan to start surgical assisting in the spring semester, because the basic foundation courses required for this certificate start in the spring and continue sequentially.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Our surgical technology program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

The following goal statement is provided per CAAHEP requirements:

The goal of the Surgical Assisting Program is to prepare competent, entry-level surgical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with the ability to function as an integral part of the surgical team providing high quality patient care. Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • The utilization of critical thinking skills when making clinical judgments and the use of the decision making process to provide optimal, safe patient care.
  • The knowledge, principles and application of perioperative concepts and skills.
  • The ability to perform the role of an entry-level first assistant.
  • The use of effective interpersonal communication skills when functioning as an integral member of the surgical team.

Students must adhere to the professional behaviors of caring, accountability, responsibility, and respect for the patient’s rights of privacy, confidentiality, dignity, comfort and quality of care.

Quick Facts

Undergraduate Certificate Degree in Surgical Assisting

Full-Time Program Duration

1 Years


UC Clermont & UC East

Admission Criteria



4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: 513-732-5319
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