Surgical Technology

Program Details

  • Major Code: ST12
  • Award Level: Diploma
  • Location: Griffin Campus
  • Program Entrance Term: Spring
  • Minimum Length of Program: 5 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 57

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.

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 Assistant student until completion of the Competitive Selection Process and acceptance into the ST Diploma 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 Assistance Certificate are considered by Financial Aid while the student is under that program.

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

Candidate Selection

The ST Program, a day-time only program, will admit once each year on 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 five competitive selection courses with minimum grade of C or better; there is no minimum GPA required (ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, PSYC 1010, ALHS 1090, ALHS 1011)
  • 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
First Term
ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I3
MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics3
Second Term
PSYC 1010Basic Psychology3
ALHS 1011Anatomy and Physiology5
ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences2
Third Term
SURG 1010Introduction to Surgical Technology8
SURG 1020Principles of Surgical Technology7
SURG 2110Surgical Technology Clinical I3
Fourth Term
SURG 1100Surgical Pharmacology2
SURG 2030Surgical Procedures I4
SURG 2120Surgical Technology Clinical II3
Fifth 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