Surgical Technology (D.A.S.)

Surgical technologists are members of the operating team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, RN's and other personnel to deliver patient care before, during and after surgery. Surgical technologists may earn professional credentials by passing a certifying exam. If successful, they are granted the designation of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Graduates of the program have an opportunity to pursue an Associate Degree in Applied Science with a major in General Technology.

The primary responsibility of surgical technologists is to maintain a sterile field by adhering to aseptic practice during a procedure. Through clinical and didactic instruction they learn to pass instruments, sutures and supplies during a procedure. They are taught to ensure the safety and well being of all patients undergoing a surgical procedure.

The surgical suite is a dynamic and exciting place to work, but at times surgical technologists may be exposed to communicable diseases and certain unpleasant sights and sounds.

Employment opportunities are endless. With such a diverse educational background, jobs may be found in operating rooms, labor and delivery, central sterile processing, surgical assisting and emergency departments. Surgical technologists may elect to join organ procurement teams, medical sales, cardiac cath labs or product research.

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775; (727) 210-2350, upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) 6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110, Littleton, CO 80120, (303) 694-9262.

Admission: Acceptance into Piedmont Technical College’s SUR program is competitive and is limited to 20 students to begin fall semester. See the college calendar or website for application dates.

To become eligible for entry into the Surgical Technology major studies coursework, applicants must complete the following:

  1. Complete the following courses (minimum “C” grade required):
    • AHS 102
    • BIO 112
    • ENG 101
    • MAT 155
  2. Minimum grade point average for the above coursework of 2.5. A GPA calculator can be found on the college website.
  3. Good academic standing at the college.

Students are required to maintain a current American Heart Association “Basic Life Support” certification throughout the major studies courses.

Major Studies Courses: Completion of the Diploma in Applied Science with a major in Surgical Technology requires three (3) semesters upon acceptance to the major studies coursework.

For more detailed information, please go to Health Care Resources.

Required Courses

Day Program

BIO 112 Basic Anatomy and Physiology  4.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3.0
Subtotal   10.0
SUR 101 Introduction to Surgical Technology 5.0
SUR 102 Applied Surgical Technology 5.0
SUR 103 Surgical Procedures I 4.0
SUR 104 Surgical Procedures II 4.0
SUR 110 Introduction to Surgical Practicum 5.0
SUR 114 Surgical Specialty Practicum 7.0
SUR 116 Basic Surgical Procedure 3.0
SUR 120 Surgical Seminar 2.0
Subtotal   35.0
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3.0
Subtotal   3.0
Total Credit Hours   48.0

* These courses require a minimum grade of “C” for this program.


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The mission of the Surgical Technology Program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as a surgical technologist and become contributing members of the health care team. This will be accomplished by (1) preparing competent graduates in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains, and (2) meeting or exceeding the criteria set forth in the current Standards and Guidelines for the Accredited Educational Program in Surgical Technology.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Provide proper patient care
  2. Demonstrate competency in all classifications of required surgical procedures for successful completion of the program
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy
  4. Perform within the legal and ethical boundaries of a surgical technologist
  5. Apply principles of sterile technique
  6. Perform emergency procedures