Overview

Surgical technologists work in the operating room with surgeons to deliver patient care during all phases of surgery. MTC offers a balanced set of experiences in the classroom, lab, and clinical settings.

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 settings. 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.

Learning experiences for students in the Surgical Technology Diploma Program are provided in classrooms and a simulated operating room on the Airport Campus in the Health Sciences Building. Required clinical experiences (externships/internships) are arranged through affiliations with local hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

In addition to the college’s placement test and the admissions requirements for the Health Sciences Department, there are additional specific eligibility and admissions criteria to the Surgical Technology program.

Accreditation

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP), on the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST). Students who successfully complete Midlands Technical College’s Surgical Technology 12-month diploma program are eligible to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Exam and upon passing will become certified surgical technologists. The last eight graduating classes of Midlands Technical College’s Surgical Technology program have had a 100% passing rate on this exam.​

Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19, North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350
caahep.org

Pre-Application Considerations
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • High school or college credits in mathematics/science (algebra, chemistry, physics or biology) recommended.
Requirements

Students are required to purchase and maintain blue scrub suits, white shoes, white hose, a name pin, and protective eyewear 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.

Acceptable Interview Eligibility
  • Associate degree or higher.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Application Process
Financial Aid & Scholarships

Print Plan

Sample Program Plan and Costs

Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Credits
Semester 1
(17 Credit Hours)
COL-106 Skills for College Success

Skills for College Success

ID: COL-106

Credit Hours: 1

This course is designed to enhance the skills of entering freshmen to facilitate their ability to succeed in the college environment. The course topics include student/instructor expectations, time management, library/computer orientation, listening/note-taking, studying for success, learning styles/personality types, and diversity and differences on campus.

1
ENG-160 Technical Communications

Technical Communications

ID: ENG-160

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of various technical communications such as definitions, processes, instructions, descriptions, and technical reports.

3
AHS-102 Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology

ID: AHS-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers medical terms, including roots, prefixes, and suffixes, with emphasis on spelling, definition, and pronunciation.

3
BIO-112 Basic Anatomy and Physiology

Basic Anatomy and Physiology

ID: BIO-112

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a basic integrated study of the structure and function of the human body.

4
BIO-115 Basic Microbiology

Basic Microbiology

ID: BIO-115

Credit Hours: 3

This is a general course in microbiology, including epidemiology, presence, control, and identification of microorganisms.

3
MAT-155 Contemporary Mathematics

Contemporary Mathematics

ID: MAT-155

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes techniques and applications of the following topics: elementary number theory; algebra; geometry; measurement; graph sketching and interpretations; and descriptive statistics.

3
Semester 2
(9 Credit Hours)
SUR-101 Introduction to Surgical Technology

Introduction to Surgical Technology

ID: SUR-101

Credit Hours: 5

This course includes a study of the surgical environment, team concepts, aseptic technique, hospital organization, basic instrumentation and supplies, sterilization, principles of infection control, and wound healing.

5
SUR-103 Surgical Procedures I

Surgical Procedures I

ID: SUR-103

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of a system to system approach to surgical procedures and relates regional anatomy, pathology, specialty equipment, and team responsibility. Patient safety, medical/legal aspects, and drugs used in surgery are emphasized.

4
Semester 3
(14 Credit Hours)
SUR-102 Applied Surgical Technology

Applied Surgical Technology

ID: SUR-102

Credit Hours: 5

This course covers the principles and application of aseptic technique, the perioperative role, and medical/legal aspects.

5
SUR-104 Surgical Procedures II

Surgical Procedures II

ID: SUR-104

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the various specialties of surgical procedures.

4
SUR-110 Introduction to Surgical Practicum

Introduction to Surgical Practicum

ID: SUR-110

Credit Hours: 5

This course is an introduction to the application of surgical technique by assisting in the perioperative roles in various clinical affiliations.

5
Semester 4
(9 Credit Hours)
SUR-114 Surgical Specialty Practicum

Surgical Specialty Practicum

ID: SUR-114

Credit Hours: 7

This course includes the correlation of the principles and theories of specialized surgical procedures with clinical performance in affiliated hospitals.

7
SUR-120 Surgical Seminar

Surgical Seminar

ID: SUR-120

Credit Hours: 2

This course includes the comprehensive correlation of theory and practice in the perioperative role.

2
      Total Credit Hours 49
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$9,212.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Credits
Semester 1
(11 Credit Hours)
COL-106 Skills for College Success

Skills for College Success

ID: COL-106

Credit Hours: 1

This course is designed to enhance the skills of entering freshmen to facilitate their ability to succeed in the college environment. The course topics include student/instructor expectations, time management, library/computer orientation, listening/note-taking, studying for success, learning styles/personality types, and diversity and differences on campus.

1
AHS-102 Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology

ID: AHS-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers medical terms, including roots, prefixes, and suffixes, with emphasis on spelling, definition, and pronunciation.

3
BIO-112 Basic Anatomy and Physiology

Basic Anatomy and Physiology

ID: BIO-112

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a basic integrated study of the structure and function of the human body.

4
ENG-160 Technical Communications

Technical Communications

ID: ENG-160

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of various technical communications such as definitions, processes, instructions, descriptions, and technical reports.

3
Semester 2
(6 Credit Hours)
BIO-115 Basic Microbiology

Basic Microbiology

ID: BIO-115

Credit Hours: 3

This is a general course in microbiology, including epidemiology, presence, control, and identification of microorganisms.

3
MAT-155 Contemporary Mathematics

Contemporary Mathematics

ID: MAT-155

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes techniques and applications of the following topics: elementary number theory; algebra; geometry; measurement; graph sketching and interpretations; and descriptive statistics.

3
Semester 3
(9 Credit Hours)
SUR-101 Introduction to Surgical Technology

Introduction to Surgical Technology

ID: SUR-101

Credit Hours: 5

This course includes a study of the surgical environment, team concepts, aseptic technique, hospital organization, basic instrumentation and supplies, sterilization, principles of infection control, and wound healing.

5
SUR-103 Surgical Procedures I

Surgical Procedures I

ID: SUR-103

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of a system to system approach to surgical procedures and relates regional anatomy, pathology, specialty equipment, and team responsibility. Patient safety, medical/legal aspects, and drugs used in surgery are emphasized.

4
Semester 4
(14 Credit Hours)
SUR-102 Applied Surgical Technology

Applied Surgical Technology

ID: SUR-102

Credit Hours: 5

This course covers the principles and application of aseptic technique, the perioperative role, and medical/legal aspects.

5
SUR-104 Surgical Procedures II

Surgical Procedures II

ID: SUR-104

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the various specialties of surgical procedures.

4
SUR-110 Introduction to Surgical Practicum

Introduction to Surgical Practicum

ID: SUR-110

Credit Hours: 5

This course is an introduction to the application of surgical technique by assisting in the perioperative roles in various clinical affiliations.

5
Semester 5
(9 Credit Hours)
SUR-114 Surgical Specialty Practicum

Surgical Specialty Practicum

ID: SUR-114

Credit Hours: 7

This course includes the correlation of the principles and theories of specialized surgical procedures with clinical performance in affiliated hospitals.

7
SUR-120 Surgical Seminar

Surgical Seminar

ID: SUR-120

Credit Hours: 2

This course includes the comprehensive correlation of theory and practice in the perioperative role.

2
      Total Credit Hours 49
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$9,212.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Surgical Technologist

A Surgical Technologist is an integral member 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. Surgical Technologists prepare and sterilize instrumentation and medical supplies, assist surgeons 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.

Projected Job Growth

+2.4%

Average Annual Salary

$36,227

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Hospitals
  • Surgeon's Office
  • Outpatient Surgery Centers

What’s next after I complete this program?

Further Your Education

Continue education in an additional healthcare field to become a First Assistant or Nurse.