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.
- 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
- 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.
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
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.
|H&P / Immunizations||$200|
|Practice certification exam||$50|
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.
|ALHS 1090||Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences||2|
|ENGL 1101||Composition and Rhetoric||3|
|MATH 1111||College Algebra||3|
|PSYC 1101||Introductory Psychology||3|
|-OR- Social/Behavioral Sciences elective. Choose one:|
|ECON 1101, SOCI 1101, POLS 1101, OR HIST 2111|
|BIOL 2113||Anatomy and Physiology I||3|
|BIOL 2113L||Anatomy and Physiology I Lab||1|
|HUMN 1101||Introduction to Humanities||3|
|-OR- Humanities/Fine Arts elective. Choose one:|
|MUSC 1101, ARTS 1101, ENGL 2130, OR THEA 1101|
|ENGL 1102||Literature and Composition||3|
|-OR- General Core elective. Choose one:|
|Non-repetitive course from Area I, II, III, or IV|
|BIOL 2114||Anatomy and Physiology II||3|
|BIOL 2114L||Anatomy and Physiology II Lab||1|
|BIOL 2117||Introductory Microbiology||3|
|BIOL 2117L||Introductory Microbiology Lab||1|
|SURG 1010||Introduction to Surgical Technology||8|
|SURG 1020||Principles of Surgical Technology||7|
|SURG 2110||Surgical Technology Clinical I||3|
|SURG 1100||Surgical Pharmacology||2|
|SURG 2030||Surgical Procedures I||4|
|SURG 2120||Surgical Technology Clinical II||3|
|SURG 1080||Surgical Microbiology||2|
|SURG 2040||Surgical Procedures II||4|
|SURG 2130||Surgical Technology Clinical III||3|
|SURG 2140||Surgical Technology Clinical IV||3|
|SURG 2240||Seminar in Surgical Technology||2|
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