Division Chair
Health Technologies Center
Rm. 201E, 240 Hull Rd., Fayetteville, NC
Official address:
P.O. Box 35236, 2201 Hull Rd.
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone Number
Office Hours Monday - Friday
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Contact: Terry Herring
Program Coordinator
Health Technologies Center
Rm. 201E, 240 Hull Rd., Fayetteville, NC
Official address:
P.O. Box 35236, 2201 Hull Rd.
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone Number
Office Hours Monday - Friday
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Contact: Sacha Galloway


The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by:
Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
9355 – 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
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)
1951 East Mainstreet
Suite #339
Parker, CO 80138
Telephone: 303-694-9262 | Fax: 303-741-3655 | Website: ARCSTSA

Competitive Admissions

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.

Competitive Points

As part of the competitive admissions process, each student is evaluated based on a point system.

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.


Program Goals

  • To prepare entry-level Surgical Technologists who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.
  • Apply knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Medical Terminology within the surgical environment.
  • Facilitate 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 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)

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
100% 100% 100% N/A 100% 100% 89% 100% 86% 75% 89%

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

What to Expect:

Course Work

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

Career Paths

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
  • Dialysis Units/Facilities
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery Centers
  • Labor/Delivery/Emergency Departments
  • Physicians Offices

Associate Degree

Surgical Technology (A45740)

Program Length: 5 Semesters
Prerequisite: 1 Unit of Biology & Placement Test Equivalent
Award: Associate in Applied Science

This is Advanced Placement, must currently be working as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

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The Surgical Technology Program is designed to meet the educational requirements for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) in North Carolina. Please see the disclosure chart for information regarding any licensure/certification in other states.