Health Sciences

Surgical Technology

Surgical Technologists are integral members of the operating room team.  They work in cooperation with surgeons and other healthcare professionals to deliver safe, direct patient care during all phases of surgery.  Technologists prepare and sterilize instruments and surgical supplies, assist physicians during surgical procedures, ensure necessary equipment  is properly maintained and available when needed, handle surgical specimens, maintain a sterile atmosphere in the operating room environment and complete necessary paperwork related to surgical procedures.

The comprehensive Surgical Technology program offers students the opportunity to prepare for entry-level positions as Surgical Technologists.  The three-semester curriculum gives students a balanced set of experiences in the classroom, laboratory and clinical setting.  Students are trained in procedures, aseptic (sterile) techniques, medical equipment nomenclature, human anatomy and physiology, physics, robotics, and pharmacology for the operating room.  Graduates of the program may be employed in a variety of areas such as the operating room, labor and delivery, physicians’ offices, cath labs, and outpatient surgery centers.

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Heath Education Program (CAAHEP), on the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL  33756
(727) 210-2350

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Surgical Technologists.

Special Requirements

Students are required to purchase and maintain blue scrub suits, white shoes, white hose, a name pin and protective eye wear at an approximate cost of $180.

Students must attain a grade of “C” or better in all required curriculum courses to complete the program successfully.  All courses in the curriculum may be repeated no more than once to obtain a grade of “C” or better.  No more than two curriculum courses may be repeated.  All Surgical Technology courses must be taken in the appropriate sequence.

In addition to the college’s placement test and the admissions requirements for the Health Sciences Department, specific eligibility and admissions criteria to the Surgical Technology program include:

Major:  Surgical Technology (51 credit hours)
Diploma:  Health Science


General Education Course Requirements (9 credit hours)





Credit Hours


ENG 101

English Composition I



MAT 101

Beginning Algebra



PSY 201

General Psychology








Major Course Requirements (30 credit hours)





Credit Hours


SUR 101

Introduction to Surgical Technology



SUR 102

Applied Surgical Technology



SUR 103

Surgical Procedures I



SUR 104

Surgical Procedures II



SUR 110

Introduction to Surgical Practicum



SUR 114

Surgical Specialty Practicum






C. Additional Course Requirements (15 credit hours)  




Credit Hours


AHS 102

Medical Terminology



BIO 112

Basic Anatomy and Physiology



BIO 115

Basic Microbiology



SUR 120

Surgical Seminar










Total Credit Hours: