ST13 Surgical Technology, Associate of Applied Science Degree

Offered at the Griffin Campus

Program Entrance Term: Spring
Minimum Length of Program: 6 terms
Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 70

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.

College 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

Program Admission Requirements

Student is listed as a Healthcare Management 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 HESI A2 examination score. Only courses found in the Healthcare Management 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 1101MATH 1111PSYC 1101ALHS 1090BIOL 2113BIOL 2113L)
  • Submit the Allied Health Program Application online
  • Submit current HESI A2 scores (minimum score of 70 is required for this program). Scores cannot be older than one year at the time of application.
  • 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
  • Obtain CPR certification – BLS Providers through the American Heart Association
  • Completion of BIOL 2114 and BIOL 2114L prior to starting the Spring cohort is required

The College accepts credit from the College Board's College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). A grade of EXP is assigned for awarded CLEP credit. Quality points are not awarded for CLEP, therefore, courses with CLEP credit are not calculated into the GPA during the competitive admissions process.

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. Grading standards for the Surgical Technology Program are very stringent. For students to progress to the next course of study, a minimum grade of “C” must be achieved in every Surgical Technology course.

Program Fees

The following fees are approximate and subject to change:

  • Books - $600
  • Uniforms - $100
  • Background check - $80
  • History and Physical / Immunizations - $200
  • Malpractice Insurance - $40
  • BLS card - $55
  • Passport photo - $10
  • Practice certification exam - $50
  • Certification Exam - $250
  • ACEMAPP - $50
  • Platinum Education $66.50

The 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.

To contact CAAHEP:

Commission on Accreditation

of Allied Health Education Programs

25400 US HWY 19 N., Suite 158

Clearwater, FL 33763



To contact ARC/STSA:

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical

Technology and Surgical Assisting

19751 E. Mainstreet, Ste 339

Parker, CO 80138

Main: (303) 694-9262

Fax: (303) 741-3655

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.

Contact Us

Santedra Wright, Program Coordinator


Phone: 770-412-4596

Program Courses

First Term

ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences


ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric


MATH 1111College Algebra


PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology


Second Term

BIOL 2113Anatomy and Physiology I


BIOL 2113LAnatomy and Physiology Lab I


Humanities/Fine Arts elective—Choose one: (Required)

HUMN 1101Introduction to Humanities



MUSC 1101Music Appreciation



ARTS 1101Art Appreciation



ENGL 2130American Literature



THEA 1101Theatre Appreciation


Total Credit Hours:3

General Core elective: (Required)

Choose one non-repetitive course from Area I, II, III, or IV (see General Education Core Classes in this catalog).

Total Credit Hours:3

Third Term

BIOL 2114Anatomy and Physiology II


BIOL 2114LAnatomy and Physiology Lab II


BIOL 2117Introductory Microbiology


BIOL 2117LIntroductory Microbiology Lab


Fourth Term

SURG 1010Introduction to Surgical Technology


SURG 1020Principles of Surgical Technology


SURG 2110Surgical Technology Clinical I


Fifth Term

SURG 1100Surgical Pharmacology


SURG 2030Surgical Procedures I


SURG 2120Surgical Technology Clinical II


Sixth Term

SURG 2040Surgical Procedures II


SURG 2130Surgical Technology Clinical III


SURG 2140Surgical Technology Clinical IV


SURG 2240Seminar in Surgical Technology