Surgical Technology StudentThe Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team.

Students will apply theoretical knowledge to the care of patients undergoing surgery and develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations.

Course Descriptions


The Surgical Technology program is accredited by:
Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 North, South 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: (727) 210-2350
Fax: (727) 210-2354

Upon the recommendation of:
Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA)
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: (303) 694-9262
Fax: (303) 741-3655

Program Goals

  • To prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. This includes cognitive, psychomotor, and behavior skills.
  • Apply knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Medical Terminology within the surgical environment.
  • Facilitated the surgical process by selecting sterile supplies, anticipating the needs of the surgeon, and assisting with perioperative duties.
  • Demonstrate professional responsibility in performance, attitude, and personal conduct.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the skills and procedures required of a surgical technologist in a professional/clinical setting.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Surgical Technology program, the student will know, understand, and be able to perform the following competencies:

  • Identify and interpret the Surgical Technologist job description with an understanding of their role in the health care system.
  • Identify the purpose of management, and the physical environment of the hospital, including the operating room (OR), and its auxiliary departments.
  • Describe the ethical, moral, and legal responsibilities of the Surgical Technologist and other members of the health care team.
  • Explain body systems and medical terminology related to surgical anatomy and procedures.
  • Discuss microbiology and wound healing as they pertain to the Surgical Technologist.
  • Explain universal precautions, principles of sterilization, and its application in the operating room (OR).
  • Demonstrate a surgical scrub, donning a sterile gown and gloves, and maintaining a sterile field.
  • Describe the operative sequence in the opening and closing of surgical wounds to include types of incisions and wound dressings.
  • Identify surgical procedures in all basic surgical specialty areas including patient preparation, equipment, supplies, basic surgical instrumentation, purpose, and expected outcome.
  • Explain the pharmacological ramifications and demonstrate the handling of drugs and anesthesia used in the surgical environment.
  • Explain and demonstrate client care concepts for the surgical environment. Discuss and demonstrate personal and professional relationships and responsibilities.

FTCC Surgical Technology Certification Pass Rates (NBSTSA)

100% 100% 100% N/A* 100%

*Note – No 2016 data based on fact program transitioned from Diploma to AAS Degree level.


Graduates are required to take the national certification exam administered by the NBSTSA (National Board on Certification in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting) within a four week period to or after graduation.

Employment opportunities include labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient and outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physicians’ offices, and central supply processing units.

Employment Outlook

A student must complete all pre-requisites and gain competitive points in order to apply for approval to the Surgical Technology program.

Once approved for a Health program, students will be provided with information regarding books, uniforms, supplies and equipment, and any additional program requirements.

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Competitive Points

As part of the competitive admissions process, each student is evaluated based on a point system. The Competitive Points Worksheet outlines all the possible points a prospective student can earn.

Competitive Points Worksheet

Estimated Program Costs

Please note that all costs are estimates and subject to change. Tuition is established by the State Board of Community Colleges and North Carolina General Assembly and is subject to change without notice.

Cost Sheet
Surgical Technology (A45740)

Length: 5 Semesters
Prerequisite: 1 Unit of Biology and 1 Unit of Algebra, Placement Test Equivalent
Award: Associate Degree in Applied Science

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Surgical Technology (Bridging) (D45740B)

Length: 2 Semesters
– Departmental Approval, Placement Test Equivalent
– Current Surgical Technologist
– Documented 1000 hours working experience as a Surgical Technologist
– Documentation of having independently scrubbed on 120 surgical cases
– 2 Letters of Recommendation from former and/or current supervisors
Award: Diploma

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No certificate programs currently available.