Mar 29, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Surgical Technology, AAS - CIP Code: 51.0909

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Contact: (336) 334-4822, ext. 50407

Limited Enrollment Program:  Contact the Admissions Office for Program admission requirements and Program application deadlines.

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 prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations.

Employment opportunities include labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physicians’ offices, and central supply processing units. 

Program Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the AAS Surgical Technology curriculum, graduates should be able to:  

  • Apply basic principles of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology during the perioperative phases of patient care.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of surgical technology skills by successfully accomplishing controlled learning activities.
  • Practice responsible and accountable behavior within the role and competencies of the surgical technologist. 
  • Communicate professionally with all members of the perioperative team. 

This will be accomplished by preparing competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains, and meeting or exceeding the criteria set forth in the current CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology and the 7th edition of the Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology. 

Upon completion of the surgical technology program at GTCC, graduates are eligible to take the National Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. 

The GTCC Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). 

Total Credits: 18

Spring Semester I

Total Credits: 16

Summer Semester

  • SUR 122 BB Surgical Procedures I Credits: 3
  • SUR 123 BB SUR Clinical Practice I Credits: 3

Total Credits: 6

Total Credits: 12

Spring Semester II

Total Credits: 14

Total credit hours required for degree: 66


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