Associate in Science

Health Sciences

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About this Program

The Surgical Services, A.S. degree teaches the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities of a person in the health science occupation and prepares students to become certified surgical technologists, central sterile processing technologists or endoscopic technicians.

This is a limited-access and limited enrollment program. See all Healthcare Program requirements.

Academic Map - Central Sterile Processing Tech Track

Academic Map - Endoscopic Tech Specialist Track


Total Credit Hours:


Estimated Time to Complete Program:

5 terms*

*based on 15 credit hours per term

Estimated Tuition Cost:


Eligible for Financial Aid:

Eligible for Veteran's Aid:

*based on current in-state tuition rate of $100.83 per credit hour

Program Overview & Requirements

Program Purpose:
To prepare students to become certified surgical technologists, central sterile processing technologists or endoscopic technicians.

Note: Students must choose one of the three specializations: surgical technologist specialist, central sterile processing technologist or endoscopic technician.

Surgical technologist (Amy Lynette Bailey Surgical Technology Program): These members of the healthcare team work in operating rooms, ambulatory surgery centers, central supply, labor and delivery areas, cardiac catheterization laboratories, private physician offices, and other settings where invasive procedures are performed. 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 procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. This program prepares students to take the national certification exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Central sterile processing technologist: Central sterile processing technologists (medical equipment preparers) and central service technicians are integral members of the surgical team and are essential for patient safety by being responsible for decontamination, inspection, assembling, disassembling, packaging and sterilizing reusable surgical instruments, supplies and devices. This program prepares students to take the national certification exam through the International Association of Healthcare Central Services Material Management.

Endoscopic technician: These members of the healthcare team are responsible for the safe practice of flexible and rigid endoscopy. Upon completion of all core requirements, graduates of this program will receive a certificate as an endoscopic technician. Students may choose to complete the requirements for certification as an associate with the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates.

This program is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; (727) 210-2350; fax (727) 210-2354.

This program is Accredited by the Accreditation Review Counsel of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), 6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110, Littleton, CO 80120; (303) 694-9262.

Program Length:
64 credit hours

Admission Requirements:

The next class will be admitted fall 2022.

Applicant must have earned a standard high school diploma or GED diploma.

Applicant must be college-ready, which means the applicant does not need developmental education courses in English, reading and/or mathematics. This requirement may be satisfied by one or more of the following options:

  • The Florida Statute on Developmental Education exemption
  • Adequate placement scores from the Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) or other college placement scores accepted by TCC
  • Completion of developmental education courses
  • Completion of at least ENC1101 College Composition  and a Mathematics State Core  course

Note: A student may declare the Surgical Services degree as his or her program of study at any time through the TCC Admissions and Records office. However, the student is not officially admitted into the A.S. degree until the student is enrolled in or has completed one of two college credit certificate programs: Central Sterile Processing Technologist Certificate (6360)  or Endoscopy Technician Certificate (6361) . The student must contact the Healthcare Professions Division to be officially admitted into the A.S. degree program.

Program Application:  

This program accepts students once each year rotating Fall and Spring semester. This is a limited-access program with a limited number of seats per class.

Applicants must submit both a TCC application ( and a separate healthcare program application.

Before submitting the application for admission, students must complete the following portions of the Health Education Systems, Inc. Admission Assessment (HESI A2): Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary and Math.

See Additional Healthcare Program Requirements  for important information.

View Healthcare Program Application Deadlines.

Academic Division:
Healthcare Professions, Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education

(850) 558-4500 or

View Information about Graduation Requirements and Year of Entry .

Degree Maps:

Surgical Services, A.S.  

Surgical Services, A.S. - Central Sterile Processing Technologist Track  

Surgical Services, A.S. - Endoscopic Technician Specialist Track