Surgical Technology

Program Description     

The Surgical Technology (ST) program provides entry-level skills in surgical technology.  As an essential team-member in the operating room of hospitals, labor & delivery departments, outpatient surgical centers, and specialized surgical centers, the surgical technologist is responsible for tasks and duties in the perioperative phases of surgery.  The surgical technology student will encounter training in the didactic and clinical setting in over twelve specialty areas.  Topics include:  aseptic technique, sterilization methods, surgical positioning and draping, perioperative case planning, surgical wound management, professional ethics, microbes and infection, perioperative pharmacology, robotic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, general surgery and various surgical specialties.

Program Details

  • Major Code: ST13
  • Award Level: Degree
  • Location: Griffin Campus
  • Program Entrance Term: Spring
  • Minimum Length of Program: 6 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 70

Admission Requirements

  •  Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 17 years of age
  •  Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements

Admission Requirements for Surgical Technology Courses

Student is listed as a Healthcare Science student until completion of the Competitive Selection Process and acceptance into the ST Degree Program.  The Competitive Selection Process is based on the combination of the highest competitive courses’ GPA and PSB test score. Only courses found in the Healthcare Science Certificate are considered by Financial Aid while the student is under that program.

Candidate Selection

The ST Program, a daytime only program, will admit once each year at the Griffin Campus.  The deadline to apply for Competitive Selection is the last day of the Summer Term.  The program cohort begins each Spring Semester. The following steps are required:

  • Complete the six competitive selection courses with a minimum grade of C or better; there is no minimum GPA required (ENGL 1101, MATH 1111, PSYC 1101, ALHS 1090, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L)
  • Obtain CPR certification - Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers through the American Heart Association
  • Complete the PSB Exam. Please visit the Community Education Building 100 for scheduling and information (there is no minimum score required).
  • Complete a Program-Ready Form. Submit it, along with a copy of the PSB Exam score, to the Allied Health Secretary, Mrs. Annie Tucker, located in the Medical Technology Building 900.
  • Upon acceptance into the ST Program, the successful completion of a criminal background and drug screen along with a History and Physical prior to beginning the Spring cohort
  • Completion of BIOL 2114 and BIOL 2114L prior to starting the Spring cohort is required

Readmission Policy

Students who are not successful in their first attempt in the ST program and/or withdraw for medical reasons can attempt readmission based on the competitive selection process.  Readmission is not guaranteed and is a one-time readmission with the following condition:  repeat of the SURG1010 course.

Approximate additional costs other than tuition, fees, and textbooks.

Background ceck$80
H&P / Immunizations$200
Malpractice Insurance$16
BLS Card$55
Passport photo$10
Practice certification exam$50
Certification exam$250

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

First Term
ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences2
ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric3
MATH 1111College Algebra3
PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology3
-OR- Social/Behavioral Sciences elective. Choose one:
ECON 1101, SOCI 1101, POLS 1101, OR HIST 2111
Second Term
BIOL 2113Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIOL 2113LAnatomy and Physiology I Lab1
HUMN 1101Introduction to Humanities3
-OR- Humanities/Fine Arts elective. Choose one:
MUSC 1101, ARTS 1101, ENGL 2130, OR THEA 1101
ENGL 1102Literature and Composition3
-OR- General Core elective. Choose one:
Non-repetitive course from Area I, II, III, or IV
Third Term
BIOL 2114Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIOL 2114LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab1
BIOL 2117Introductory Microbiology3
BIOL 2117LIntroductory Microbiology Lab1
Fourth Term
SURG 1010Introduction to Surgical Technology8
SURG 1020Principles of Surgical Technology7
SURG 2110Surgical Technology Clinical I3
Fifth Term
SURG 1100Surgical Pharmacology2
SURG 2030Surgical Procedures I4
SURG 2120Surgical Technology Clinical II3
Sixth Term
SURG 1080Surgical Microbiology2
SURG 2040Surgical Procedures II4
SURG 2130Surgical Technology Clinical III3
SURG 2140Surgical Technology Clinical IV3
SURG 2240Seminar in Surgical Technology2
Surgical Technology

Program Faculty

Tammy Hatcher, CST, CRCST
Program Coordinator
(770) 233-6166

Santedra Wright, CST
Clinical Coordinator/ Instructor
(770) 412-4596

Career and Academic Planning

Annita White
Career Advisor
Griffin Campus
Room 107