The Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology prepares qualified individuals to work under the supervision of a surgeon to assist the safe and efficient performance of invasive surgical procedures, make certain that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly and that the operative procedure is performed under optimal conditions that ensure patient safety.
Through a combination of classroom presentations, campus laboratory practice and clinical experiences, the student will develop a knowledge of the surgical environment, instrumentation, procedures and supplies necessary to ensure safe care of the surgical patient. The program includes courses in general and technical education. Clinical experiences are offered under faculty and mentor supervision at Camden Clark Medical Center, Marietta Memorial Health Systems, Thomas Memorial, Charleston Area Medical Centers and other selected community agencies.
The program’s mission is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains necessary to gain employment as competent entry-level surgical technologists.
The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL, 33756.
Application to Program
Nursing and Health Sciences Division programs have limited enrollment and a selective review process. Students requesting admission to this program must first meet the requirements for general admission to the college and be admitted to the college.
In addition to meeting all general admission criteria for the college, students must complete a separate Nursing and Health Sciences application as well as provide an official copy of their high school transcript or GED and any prior college transcripts. Applications will be accepted year round. Application forms are available in the Nursing and Health Sciences Division office or click here.
Additionally, the applicant must be able to engage in educational and training activities in a manner that does not endanger themselves or others, be of good moral character and have no history of felony conduct or convictions.
Important: The ability to perform under pressure in stressful and emergency situations is a required attribute for surgical team members. Manual dexterity and physical stamina are essential. Many of the responsibilities of the surgical technologist require standing, often for a number of hours; therefore, the applicant must demonstrate the ability to fulfill these job requirements.
1. Be a high school graduate or possess a GED.
2. Minimum 2.0 cumulative college GPA.
3. Complete the pre-admission, entrance examination with the required benchmark.
• Completion of 60 credit hours as outlined in the program of study.
• Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
• Complete all courses in the curriculum with a grade of C or better.
• Complete the NBSTSA Surgical Technology Certification Exam.
Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology
The surgical technology program prepares students to work under the supervision of a surgeon to assist the safe and efficient performance of invasive surgical procedures and ensure the operative procedure is performed under optimal conditions for patient safety.
What can I do with this degree?
Graduates can be an integral member of a surgical team, as the surgical technologist works with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical personnel delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during and after surgery.
Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Additional course fees may apply and rates are subject to change.