D.A.S., Major in Surgical Technology

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Surgical technologists are members of the operating team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, RN's and other personnel to deliver patient care before, during and after surgery. Surgical technologists may earn professional credentials by passing a certifying exam. If successful, they are granted the designation of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Graduates of the program have an opportunity to pursue an Associate Degree in Occupational Technology with a major in General Technology.

The primary responsibility of surgical technologists is to maintain a sterile field by adhering to aseptic practice during a procedure. Through clinical and didactic instruction they learn to pass instruments, sutures and supplies during a procedure. They are taught to ensure the safety and well being of all patients undergoing a surgical procedure.

The surgical suite is a dynamic and exciting place to work, but at times surgical technologists may be exposed to communicable diseases and certain unpleasant sights and sounds.

Employment opportunities are endless. With such a diverse educational background, jobs may be found in operating rooms, labor and delivery, central sterile processing, surgical assisting and emergency departments. Surgical technologists may elect to join organ procurement teams,
medical sales, cardiac cath labs or product research.

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 210-2350, upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) 6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110, Littleton, CO 80120, (303) 694-9262.

Admission: Health Science programs have special program admission criteria which must be completed prior to applying for the clinical phase of the program. A student may be admitted to the college at any time in order to complete prerequisite and general education course work. For more detailed information, please go to the Health Science and Nursing Resources.

Program Location: Greenwood

Contact Information: Susan Kinney


Required Courses

Additional Program Information


Day Program

AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3.0
BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT155 Contemporary Mathematics 3.0
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
SUR 101 Introduction to Surgical Technology 5.0
SUR 102 Applied Surgical Technology 5.0
SUR 116 Basic Surgical Procedure 3.0
SUR 103 Surgical Procedures I 4.0
SUR 104 Surgical Procedures II 4.0
SUR 110 Introduction to Surgical Practicum 5.0
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
SUR 114 Surgical Specialty Practicum 7.0
SUR 120 Surgical Seminar 2.0
Total Credit Hours: 52.0

* Major Studies Courses: Completion of the Diploma in Applied Science with a major in Surgical Technology requires three (3) semesters upon acceptance to the major studies course work.

Updated 4/8/2013


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement – The mission of the Surgical Technology Program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as a surgical technologist and become contributing members of the health care team. This will be accomplished by (1) preparing competent graduates in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains, and (2) meeting or exceeding the criteria set forth in the current Standards and Guidelines for the Accredited Educational Program in Surgical Technology.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Provide proper patient care

  2. Demonstrate competency in all classifications of required surgical procedures for successful completion of the program

  3. Demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy

  4. Perform within the legal and ethical boundaries of a surgical technologist

  5. Apply principles of sterile technique

  6. Perform emergency procedures 



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Advisement Information

• Completion of the SUR program requires three semesters once accepted into the program. Twenty students are accepted each year to begin SUR courses in the fall semester. Up to half may be selected via the Merit Application process. Click here for the Surgical Technology Merit Application Worksheet.

• SUR courses are offered in the day only at the Lex Walters Campus, Greenwood. Fall semester is classroom only. Spring and summer semesters consist of classroom and clinical experiences. Students need reliable transportation to clinical sites in Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens and Newberry counties. Clinicals begin during the spring semester and may begin as early as 6:15 a.m. Some second shift rotations may be required.

• Students in the Surgical Technology program are required to complete 125 scrub cases in order to satisfy graduation requirements.

• All students receiving a Surgical Technology diploma must obtain their certification within 90 days of graduating. Prior to this legislation, surgical technologists could seek certification, but it was not a requirement.

Requirements for Program Entry: To be eligible to apply for the Surgical Tech program, students must have successful completion of Medical Terminology (AHS 102), Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 210), English Composition I (ENG 101), and Contemporary Mathematics (MAT 155) with a 2.5 GPA or better. It is recommended that students complete Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 211) before program entry. Calculate your program ready GPA here.

• College placement test scores may indicate a student's need for developmental or prerequisite courses prior to higher level college courses. These courses should be completed before progression into required Program-Ready courses. Strong background in science and math is recommended.

• A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for progression once admitted to the Surgical Tech program. Students have one opportunity to repeat a failed or withdrawn semester. Two failed or withdrawn semesters will make the student ineligible to continue in the program.

Physical and Mental Standards: It is recommended that students explore their reaction to all kinds of body fluids, unpleasant odors, and dangerous/contagious diseases. Students must be in adequate physical and mental condition to participate and function within the program and clinical environment. Read the Physical and Mental Standards chart for more information.

AHS 102 Requirement: This program requires AHS 102, Medical Terminology. Beginning Fall 2014, AHS 102 will have a 5 year expiration. Students who readmit or transfer beginning fall 2014 must have AHS 102 within 5 years for it to be transferred in or apply to their program of study. Students who are currently enrolled at the college or who return to the college after an absence of less than 3 semesters, will retain credit for AHS 102 > 5 years, provided they stay in the same major. If a student changes major, the new major would fall under the latest catalog year. If the AHS 102 course > 5 years at the time of the change of major, the course will be considered to be expired. Students who are employed in a health related field may petition that AHS 102 > 5 years be accepted. The academic program director over the student’s selected major would make the determination if a course >5 years would be accepted. This petition would be made in DegreeWorks by the program coordinator or department head at the time of the decision. A student should be referred to the program coordinator to request the petition.

Background Check and Drug Screening: Students are required to have an initial criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance into the  program.  A positive report on either may prevent the student from being accepted by a clinical facility which will not allow the student to progress in the program or take the licensure exam. Additional drug screenings will occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The current cost of these screenings is $82.50, subject to change. 

Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into the Surgical Tech program will be required to provide written documentation to the Health Records Assistant of the following: physical exam completed within one year; two-step Tuberculosis Skin Test (TST) upon admission, then an annual one-step TST thereafter; two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) and Varicella immunizations or positive titers; three Hepatitis B immunizations or a positive titer; Tetanus vaccine within the last 10 years; annual Influenza vaccine required.

CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the date of their first clinical. All accepted students will have the opportunity to take CPR training (AHS 106) and receive proper certification determined by the program coordinator. Yearly attendance at the Hospital Orientation presented on campus is mandatory.

Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to equipment for first semester ($15), uniforms for second semester ($150-200), insurance ($35), a physical examination and immunizations ($300), dues to the Association of Surgical Technologists ($45), the fee for the Surgical Technology Self-Assessment Exam ($35), and the National Board Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting Certification Examination (NBSTSA, $237). Dollar amounts are estimates.

• To earn an Associate in Occupational Technology, Major in General Technology, electives in Surgical Technology, students must complete the following courses:

General Education (Minimum 18 SHC):
ENG 101, MAT 102, PSY 201, Natural Science/math elective, Humanities/Fine Arts elective and CPT 101.
Required Core Subject Courses (Minimum 28 SHC): Medical Assisting coursework meets this category
Secondary Concentration (Minimum 12 SHC): MGT 150, MGT 201, MKT 135, and ACC 101.
Other Hours for Graduation (5-25 SHC): AHS 205 and PSY 203


Advisement Information updated 8/1/2014