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
Telephone: 727.210.2350 | Fax: 727.210.2354 | Website: CAAHEP
Upon 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
Telephone: 303.694.9262 | Fax: 303.741.3655 | Website: ARCSTSA
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.
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.
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.
What to Expect:
The 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:
Assist Surgeons During Operations
Maintain Aseptic Conditions
Prepare Patients for Surgery
Prepare Supplies, Equipment, and Instruments
Graduate 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:
Central Supply Processing Units
Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery Centers
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
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 the 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)
*Note: No 2016 data based on the fact that the program transitioned from Diploma to AAS Degree level.
Surgical Technology (A45740)
Program Length: 5 Semesters
Prerequisite: 1 Unit of Biology, 1 Unit of Algebra, & Placement Test Equivalent
Award: Associate in Applied Science
Surgical Technology (Bridging) (D45740B)
Program 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 20 surgical cases
- 2 Letters of Recommendation from former and/or current supervisors