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Health Science - Surgical Technology Specialist, A.S. (2161)

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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).

Employment Types:
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.

Program Length:
64 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, or completion of at least ENC1101 College Composition  and general education math .

Applicant must have completed the Surgical Technology Specialist Certificate (6355)  program.

Note: A student may declare the Health Science - Surgical Technology Specialist A.S. degree as his or her program of study at any time through the TCC Admissions and Enrollment Services office. However, the student is not officially admitted into the A.S. degree until the student is enrolled in or has completed the Surgical Technology Specialist Certificate (6355) . The student must contact the Division of Healthcare Professions to be officially admitted into the A.S. degree program.

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 attend the Surgical Technology Program information session to obtain and submit a program application.

See Additional Healthcare Program Requirements  for important information.

Academic Division:
Healthcare Professions, Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education

(850) 558-4500 or

View Information about Graduation Requirements and Year of Entry .

Course Information

General Education (15 credit hours)

General Education courses may be taken before or after program courses.


To satisfy State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.030, students must earn a grade of “C” or better in any Communications, Humanities, History/Social Science or Mathematics course used to fulfill general education requirements.

Fall Acceptance Program Courses (49 credit hours)

Spring I (14 credit hours)

Summer I (11 credit hours)

Spring Acceptance Program Courses (49 credit hours)

Summer I (12 credit hours)

Fall I (13 credit hours)

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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