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Surgical Technology (510909)

Degree: Associate in Health Science, AHS


The Surgical Technology Program is a five-semester associate degree program and is composed of classroom study, laboratory skills, and clinical experience. Students will learn aseptic technique, surgical instrumentation, surgical suite equipment, operative procedures, anatomy, medical terminology, pharmacology, and microbiology. Three semesters of clinical rotations give the student opportunities to apply theory into practice to enable students to gain essential surgical skills. Upon graduation, students will take the national certification exam administered through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to become Certified Surgical Technologist.

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

CAAHEP, 9355 113th Street N., #7709, Seminole, Forida 33775-7709, (727) 210‐2350.
ARC-STSA, 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110, Littleton, Colorado, 80120 (303)694-9262

In the Real World

Are you interested in an exciting environment that will provide numerous opportunities for you to showcase your talents under pressure, demand you to use your quick decision-making capabilities, and provide you with a promising outlook for job security?

Surgical Technologists are highly skilled allied health personnel who perform multiple technical tasks within the surgical environment. Surgical technologists prepare the operating room, including the sterile field, setting up surgical equipment, supplies and solutions. During surgery, surgical technologists pass instruments, fluids and supplies to the surgeon and prepare and manage surgical equipment. Surgical technologists simultaneously manage the sterile field and specimens. Surgical technologists perform a count of sponges and supplies to prevent foreign retained objects.

Surgical technologists work as members of a healthcare team alongside physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, and other healthcare workers.

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, anesthesia technologists, cell saver technologists, physician offices, private scrubs, instrument sales representatives, and veterinary assistants.

Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.

Career Placement

At FDTC, we believe that education deserves results - that’s why we want to watch our students succeed in the real world. Florence-Darlington Technical College works diligently to match students with relevant jobs in our community so that they can put their hard-earned education to work. We partner with successful alumni and local businesses to ensure our students get the best possible career upon graduation. Our Career Services Office offers a variety of services to help students succeed including: resume coaching, on-campus recruiting & career fairs, online job postings, professional development workshops, personality evaluations, internship placement assistance, and other online career building resources. We encourage all students to schedule a meeting with a Career Services Coach at (843) 661-8075 to explore their post-graduation opportunities. Find out about what Career Services can do for you. What does your future look like?

Learning Goals/Objectives

  • Integrate the theoretical knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, and surgical procedures into clinical practice as a qualified, entry level surgical technologist.
  • Adapt a strong surgical conscience as evident by their proficient practice in aseptic technique, proper use and care of instrumentation, clinical judgement and anticipation of the surgeon and surgical case needs.
  • Support the Surgical Technology Code of Ethics by demonstrating professional behaviors to include ethical, legal, moral, and medical values related to the patient and surgical team during the perioperative experience.
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