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Surgical Technology Diploma

Health and Sciences Division

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To provide growth opportunities that contributes to the quality of life and economic development of the Pee Dee region by offering a comprehensive technical education program specializing in the knowledge, skills and values of Surgical Technology.


Surgical Technologists are highly skilled allied health personnel who perform multiple technical tasks within the surgical environment. The qualified candidate will have excellent eye-hand coordination, effective communication skills, an affinity for detail, and the ability to function well in stressful situations. Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, surgical instrumentation, aseptic technique, surgical supplies and procedures allows the surgical technologist to function as an integral member of the surgical team.

Graduates from the program are prepared for entry level positions in many diverse areas of the health care system, such as: Operating Rooms, Labor and Delivery units, GI and Cardiac Catheterization Suites, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Sterile Supply units, Emergency Rooms, Anesthesia Technologists, Cell Saver Technologists, Physician Offices, Private Scrubs, Instrument Sales Representatives, and Veterinary Assistants. Graduates of the Surgical Technology program qualify to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) National Certification Exam. The Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) reports the mean salary for Certified Surgical Technologists is $32,000.

Applications to the Surgical Technology program are accepted March 1-31st . Qualified applicants will have either successfully completed or be enrolled in all required General Education courses at the time of application. A program entrance map is located in the forms section of the FDTC web site.

Accreditations, Approvals, and Certifications

This program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Joint Review Committee on Education for the Surgical Technologist (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs  1361 Park Street  Clearwater,  FL  33756  727.210.2350 ) .

Program Entrance Requirements

Course Level Required Courses
High School


College None

NOTE:  A grade of "C" or better is required for each prerequisite course.

Other Required

Diploma or GED


Approval/Permission Needed -- Application Process

Departmental Approval


Prior Experience/Observation

Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.0


Current CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross


First Aid Certification No

Hepatitis B Immunization

or Signed Informed Refusal or Titer


MMR Immunization or Titer


Chicken Pox Vaccination or Titer


Two-step PPD / Chest X-Ray


Medical Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.


Dental Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

Dental health must meet departmental standards.


Technical Standards

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.


Negative Drug Screen


Satisfactory Background Check


Other Diplomas, Licensures, etc.


Recent Photograph

Photograph will not be returned.


Academic Standards

Standard Criteria Required

Courses requiring a grade of "C" or better

Any course with one of the following prefixes: ALL


Courses that may not be attempted more than twice

Any course with one of the following prefixes: BIO, SUR


Complete or Maintain CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross


Curriculum Completion Requirement


Drug Calculation Competency

Students must demonstrate drug calculation competency each semester in order to progress in curriculum courses.


Dismissal Policy

A student who has been unsuccessful at three or more required courses will be dismissed from the program and will not be eligible to re-enter.


Re-entry Policy

Any student re-entering the program due to unsuccessful completion of SUR 101, SUR 102, SUR 103, SUR 104, SUR 111, or SUR 113 must, prior to returning, successfully complete the following requirements: 1. Surgical Skills Assessment (Skills taught in SUR 101 and SUR 102), 2. Comprehensive Surgical Instrumentation Assessment ( Surgical Instrumentation taught in SUR 101 and SUR 102), 3. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater.

These requirements must be completed prior to advancing to SUR 103, SUR 104, SUR 111, SUR 113, or SUR 120. The length of time before re-entry will be determined by the number of applicants who have never attempted the surgical classes.

If a student must withdraw due to pregnancy or illness and is good standing academically, he/she may re-enter upon the next available slot, providing the student has proficiently completed the Surgical Skills Assessments (skills taught in SUR 101 and SUR 102) and the Comprehensive Surgical Instrumentation Assessment (Surgical Instrumentation taught in SUR 101 and SUR 102).


Agency Requirements

Students in health majors must meet the published clinical agency requirements when participating in assigned labs. Requirements include immunizations, background checks, and drug testing. To be in compliance with Article, 23, Section 44-7-2920 of the S.C. Code of Law, all students enrolled in AHS 141, DAT 154, DHG 154, HIM 102, MED 102, MLT 110, NUR 160, NUR 201, PNR 110, RAD 101, RES 101, and SUR 101 must complete the requirements listed above prior to being assigned to any direct care entity. Results of the background check/drug screening could affect the student's ability to complete required clinical rotations and/or become credentialed. For example, a felony conviction could make a student ineligible to take the licensing exam(s) required by the profession or prevent the student from participating in the clinical training component.

Incomplete "I" Grade Policy

An Incomplete "I" is assigned for academic work which, for unforeseeable, emergency and justifiable reasons beyond student's control, has not been finished at the end of the term. Having a non-passing grade does not constitute justifiable reason or an unforeseeable emergency. Incomplete grades are contingent upon instructor approval. However, it is the primary responsibility of the student to request an incomplete grade from his/her instructor. An instructor, who agrees to award an incomplete grade, must file an incomplete grade form.
Incomplete grades may be given only in the following circumstances:
  • The student's work completed to date is passing;
  • Attendance has been satisfactory through at least 60% of the term; Incomplete grade will be assigned after the 60% date, but before the end of the term;
  • An illness or other extenuating circumstance legitimately prevents completion of required work by the due date; ( Instructors at their discretion may require Doctor's note, etc.)
  • Required work may reasonably be completed in an agreed-upon time frame;
  • The incomplete is not given as a substitute for a failing grade;
  • The incomplete is not based solely on a student's failure to complete work or as a means of raising his or her grade by doing additional work after the grade report time;
  • The student initiates the request for an incomplete grade before the end of the academic term;
  • The instructor and student complete the "Application for Incomplete Grade" form before the end of the academic term.
Appropriate grades must be assigned in other circumstances. A failing grade and last date of attendance should be recorded for students who cease attending class without authorization. Students who are unable to complete a course and who do not meet these circumstances should consider dropping the course.
The following provisions for incomplete grades apply:
  • The "Application for Incomplete Grade" form may be obtained on the web at or in the Office of the Registrar.
  • The form must indicate exactly what is required in order to finish the course and what percentage of the grade will be based on the remaining work.
  • It should also indicate which letter grade the instructor will assign to the student in the event that the student fails to complete the remaining work within the prescribed time.
  • A copy of this form is given to the Department Head, the Registrar and the student.
  • The incomplete may be made up no later than one semester after the end of the term in which it was assigned, at which time, the instructor's alternate grade shall be entered on the record. For example: (Fall incomplete must be completed at the end of Spring) , (Spring incomplete at the end of Fall).
  • A student may petition for an extension of one semester of time due to unusual circumstances.
  • Such a petition will be reviewed by the instructor whose decision shall be reviewed and approved by the Department Head and the Divisional Associate Vice President and subsequently forwarded to the Registrar's Office.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all required courses specified in the curriculum.
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the College.
  • Achieve a cumulative final GPA of 2.0.
  • Earn at least 25 percent of the total credit hours of his/her curriculum at FDTC.  Exceptions can be made only by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Program Specific Notes

Applications to the Surgical Technology program are accepted March 1-31. Program entrance map is located in the forms section of the FDTC web page. Surgical Technology students will be eligible to take the NBSTSA National Certification exam upon graduation. All required major core courses must be taken in designated sequence.