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2022-2023 College Catalog 
2022-2023 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surgical Technology, A.A.S.

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The Surgical Technology program prepares students to perform various duties during surgery by assisting in the maintenance of an aseptic environment through a system of specific techniques and practices. The surgical technologist contributes to overall patient care as part of the surgical team by passing supplies and instruments to the surgeon, assisting the surgeon, selecting instruments for surgical cases, setting up cases, and assisting the circulatory personnel.

Limited Access Programs, Acceptance Requirements, and Curricular Sequences

The Surgical Technology Program is a limited access program, meaning there are special, particular or additional admission and/or placement requirements beyond those normally required by the College.  In many cases, these requirements include prerequisite classes that must be completed prior to the student’s placement into courses in the particular program area. Clinical seating availability is limited in all health education programs. Applicants must complete TCTC admission requirements and the additional program clinical admission requirements.

Because prerequisite requirements may exist for limited access programs, the following curriculum displays are for information only and should not be interpreted as an exact representation of course progression. The information outlines program course requirements necessary for completing a particular program of study.  Students should confer with their program advisor for more specific information.

It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of limited access program admission, program progression and program prerequisite requirements. Students should confer with their program advisor anytime clarification or explanation is needed.

In addition to meeting general admission requirements, Surgical Technology majors are required to meet the curriculum specific requirements outlined below:

  • Students must complete recommended developmental studies courses based on course placement criteria.
  • Students must have an institutional GPA of 2.0 or higher. There are additional progression requirements in the Catalog. A grade of “C” or greater is needed in all required courses within the Surgical Technology program to progress.  A student may repeat a maximum of two major courses. Students should also refer to individual program handbooks for additional information.
  • Students must meet required divisional or program technical standards.
  • Students who transfer into associate degree programs must have a transfer or institutional GPA of 2.5 or higher on previous college work (TCTC GPA supersedes any outside GPA).
  • Students are required to carry professional liability insurance, which is obtained through the College.
  • Some clinical agencies may require proof of personal health insurance. This is the sole responsibility of the student. Students should contact the Dean of Student Development for more information.
  • Clinical agencies require criminal background checks for the Surgical Technology program. Certain clinical agencies may necessitate more than one background check and/or drug screen. The results of the criminal background check and yearly drug screen determine if a student is eligible to enter clinical agencies. A student must be able to enter and/or remain in all clinical agencies to progress within a program. Inability to progress within a major for this reason will result in administrative withdrawal from the program. Note: Most Health Education programs require certification or licensure in order to use titles and/or practice the profession. Conviction of a felony, a plea of guilty to a felony, or certain misdemeanor convictions may make the applicant ineligible for certification or licensure.

Entry to Clinical Program

It is the responsibility of the student to track the progress of program prerequisites. The program curriculum guide can be found on the TCTC public website, tctc.edu/surgtech. The student must meet with an assigned program advisor each semester to obtain guidance and to ensure prerequisite changes have not occurred. (Changes in program and curricular requirements can occur.) Once prerequisites are completed, the student must meet with the Surgical Technology Program Director in order to complete the “Notice of Completion” form. The Program Director will submit the form to the Division Admission Liaison. When verified, the date on which this form is submitted then becomes the student’s “Complete Date,” and the student is placed on the Complete List for the specific program.

The Complete Date means the student is eligible to start the actual Surgical Technology program classes with the next available class as long as space is available. The minimum GPA must be maintained to continue on the Complete List.

  • Eligible students will receive an email through the student’s Tri-County Technical College email account of acceptance into the program. This email serves as an official offer for a seat into the program and identifies the program deposit fee and deadline date.
  • Failure to pay the program deposit fee by the specified date will result in delayed entry. Once the student pays the nonrefundable program deposit fee, a seat will be held for entry into the next program class. The student must continue to maintain the minimum GPA even though the program deposit fee has been paid.

In the event two eligible students have the same complete date, the College will use the GPA to determine who gets the seat. The student with the higher GPA would be offered a seat before the student with the same complete date but a lower GPA.

If an entrance policy changes for a particular program, the student’s requirements would remain the same unless the student withdraws from enrollment or is not enrolled for two consecutive terms. If such a withdrawal or non-enrollment occurs, the student is required to meet new entrance policies in the current College Catalog.

Health Education Medical Requirements

Students admitted to Health Education programs must present proof of immunization or immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox) and annual flu vaccine. (Health forms are available from the Division Office or at tctc.edu/surgtech.) All students in Health Education programs must have documentation of Tuberculosis status. Immunization to Hepatitis B is expected as a means to avert serious illness and to meet clinical agency requirements. A student who refuses immunization to Hepatitis B is required to sign a declination form, which will be kept in the student’s file. Some clinical agencies will not require a signed declination form. Clinical agencies reserve the right to not accept declination forms for certain immunizations, i.e. flu vaccine.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Maintain professionalism
  • Maintain a safe environment in and around the operating room
  • Exhibit appropriate and safe behaviors in a healthcare environment
  • Perform sterile processing techniques according to industry set standards
  • Perform the principles and practice of aseptic technique standards
  • Perform perioperative case management
  • Perform duties within scope of practice as they relate to specialized surgical procedures and specific circumstances

Graduation Credits Required: 71


  1. Either HSS 295  or PHI 110  is the preferred course for a Humanities Requirement.
  2. Students may substitute ENG 103  for ENG 101 .
  3. Students may substitute MAT 101 , MAT 102 , MAT 103 , MAT 109 MAT 110 , or MAT 120  for MAT 155 .
  4. Students may substitute SPC 200  or SPC 209  for SPC 205 .
  5. Students may substitute PSY 120  for PSY 201 .
  6. BIO 225  must be taken prior to, or concurrently with, SUR 101 .
  7. BIO 210  must be taken prior to, or concurrently with, SUR 103 .

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