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Surgical Technology Specialist Certificate (6355)

Surg TechThe Amy Lynette Bailey Surgical Technology program prepares individuals to become certified surgical technologists (CSTs), who 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. Certified surgical technologists 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.

Upon successful programmatic accreditation and successful completion of the program the student will be eligible to sit for the national board certification examination offered through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting(NBSTSA).  Upon successful completion of the board examination the surgical technologist may use the title of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

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Certified Surgical Technology Exam Pass Rates



August 1, 2013 through July 31, 2014

​Graduates of TCC's Surgical Technology
Pass rate percentage for Certified Surgical
Technology Exam​
​7 ​100%


*New admission requirement beginning for the Fall 2016 program entry*

Applicants must take the Health Education Systems, Inc., Admission Assessment (HESI A2) test.  A minimum score of 75% on each subtest of the HESI A2 is required to be considered for admission. The test scores are translated into points. For example, a score of 81% provides 81 points toward admission. Only scores on the following subtests are considered for admission: reading, vocabulary, grammar, math. The test may be taken two times and the higher score of a total test (not subtest) will be used for admission. Please contact the HCP Division, or 850-558-4500, for further information.

Students may earn additional points by achieving certain subtest scores. The score ranges required to earn additional points for a subtest are as follows:
        80.0-89.99% = 3 additional points
        90.0-100% = 5 additional points

A total of 20 additional points toward admission may be earned in this manner.

The HESI A2 is administered by the TCC Testing Center.  Please contact the TCC Testing Center, 850-201-8282, to schedule an appointment to take the test. The fee for this test is currently $39 and is payable to the TCC Cashier located on the 2nd floor of the TCC Student Union.


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Program Purpose:
To prepare students to become certified surgical technologists (CSTs). Surgical technologists are part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. 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. Surgical technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique, which they combine with knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and instruments and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

Upon successful program accreditation, graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Program Length:
49 credit hours

Admission Requirements:
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

Prior to submitting the application for admission, students must complete (specified portions of) the Health Education Systems, Inc. Admission Assessment (HESI A2), specifically, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary.

Program Application:
The Amy Lynette Bailey Surgical Technology program accepts students for each Fall and Spring semester. This is a limited-access program with a limited number of seats per class.

Applicants must submit a TCC admission application ( and a separate healthcare program application. Applicants may access the healthcare program application through their TCC Passport account.

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 .

Note: Students who wish to earn an A.S. degree in this field may complete the general education requirements listed for Health Science, A.S. (2161)  either before or after they take the required surgical technology courses.

Course Information


All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Contact Information

For more information contact Admissions & Enrollment Services by phone (850) 201-8555, fax (850) 201-8474 or e-mail

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