About Surgical Technology Specialist Certificate


This certificate program prepares students to become Surgical Technologists, highly skilled members of the surgical team.  This 4 semester program requires the commitment of a full-time student as each semester consists of classroom lectures, laboratory classes, and extensive, supervised clinical experiences in the surgical services areas of hospitals and surgery centers.

Surgical Technologists work closely with the surgeon, anesthesiologist, registered nurse, and other surgical personnel to deliver the highest level of care for the surgical patient before, during, and after surgery. Surgical Technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical Technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation of tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. 

The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council of Education of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). Information may be obtained from CAAHEP, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; (727) 210-2350; www.caahep.org.

Graduate performance for the year August 1, 2016 through July 31, 2017 for TCC's Surgical Technology Program:
    Number of graduates - 10
    Pass rate percentage for the Certified Surgical Technology Exam - 80%  

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the program begin?

The program begins each Fall and each Spring semester. 

How long is the program?

The program is 4 semesters and 49 credit hours.

What are the admission requirements?

Applicants must be college-ready in English, reading, and math.  Applicants must take the HESI A2 test completing sections: reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and math.

How many students are accepted?

12 students are accepted each entry.

When is the deadline to apply?

Please refer to the Healthcare Professions application process and deadlines

How much does the program cost?

The estimated cost is $7500.  This includes tuition and fees, books, supplies, criminal background check, drug testing, immunization, and other items. 

Is financial aid available?

This program is eligible for financial aid.  There are also scholarships available.  

Are night or weekend classes available?

Even though there are times that students are required to attend in the evening and during the weekend, the program is the traditional day program. 

Is there a part-time option?

There is not a part-time option. 


Additional program information and pathways



Association of Surgical Technologists

ASTSA - Association of Surgical Technologist Student Association

ARC/STSA - Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting

CAAHEP - Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

NBSTSA - The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting

AORN - Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

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