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 Occupational Technology 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 ( 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33756 (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: Health Science programs have special program admission criteria which must be completed prior to applying for the clinical phase of the program. A student may be admitted to the college at any time in order to complete prerequisite and general education course work.

All health science programs at PTC have special program requirements, including a minimum age limit.  All applicants to these limited enrollment programs must be at least 18 by the date of program entry.

Students applying for the Surgical Technology program will be enrolled in the Health Care Certificate until prerequisite and general education coursework is complete. Once the necessary requirements have been completed, students may apply for admission into the clinical phase of the program.

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 210
    • 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 Science and Nursing Resources.

Required Courses

Day Program

BIO 210* Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BIO 211* Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3.0
Subtotal   14.0
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   52.0

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

Updated 3/31/2017

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 

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Advisement Information

Program notes

  • Beginning Fall 2018, students in health science and nursing majors will participate in the CAREplan: the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Advising for these students on the Greenwood Campus will be available by appointment in the CARE Planning Center in Suite 149-A. Advisors will be available to assist students with developing Degree Plans, learning about various health science and nursing programs, and understanding program requirements and secondary program application processes. Visit for more details.

  • Students must complete a secondary application in May and be accepted into the program before they start clinical coursework.

    • To become program-ready (ready to apply for the clinical phase of the program), students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the following five courses . . .

      • Medical Terminology (AHS 102)

      • Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 210)

      • English Composition I (ENG 101)

      • Contemporary Mathematics (MAT 155)

    • Students must also complete the following course with a grade of C or higher.  If students complete all general education coursework prior to beginning program coursework, which is highly recommended, a grade of an A or a B in this class earns points which can be used for a merit application.

      • Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 211)

    • Complete details on the secondary application process can be found here:

  • Program-ready general education classes can be started any semester, and can be completed on a part-time basis.  After program entry, all classes are co-requisite, meaning they will be taken as offered, and students will progress through the three-semester program with the same set of classmates.

Notes about individual classes

  • The English required for this program is ENG 101.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 101.

  • The math required for this program is MAT 155.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 155.

  • Developmental and transitional classes, if needed, should be taken first.

  • Note that BIO 112 will be required by the 2019-20 catalog, replacing BIO 210 and 211.

Additional program notes

  • Enrollment into the Surgical Technology program is limited and requires a secondary application process.  Complete details on the secondary application process can be found here.

  • Twenty students are accepted to begin clinical courses each fall term. Up to half are chosen by a merit application, and the others are chosen by their priority date, which is either the date of application to Piedmont Technical College or, if a student’s initial major was not SUR, the date of the major change to SUR.

  • SUR courses are offered in the day on the Greenwood campus.  Spring and summer semesters consist of classroom and clinical experiences. Students need reliable transportation to clinical sites in Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens and Newberry counties. Clinicals begin during the spring semester and may begin as early as 6:15 a.m. Some second shift rotations may be required.  Students in the Surgical Technology program are required to complete 125 scrub cases in order to satisfy graduation requirements.

  • A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for progression once accepted into the Surgical Technology program.  Students will only have one opportunity to repeat a failed or withdrawn semester.  Two failed or withdrawn semesters will make the student ineligible to continue in the program.

Notes about other requirements

  • Physical and Mental Standards: It is recommended that students explore their reaction to all kinds of body fluids, unpleasant odors, and dangerous/contagious diseases. Students must be in adequate physical and mental condition to participate and function within the program and clinical environment. Read the Health Care Division Information FAQ Sheet for the Physical and Mental Standards for Health Care programs.

  • Background Check and Drug Screening: Students are required to have an initial criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance into the clinical phase of the program. A positive report on either may prevent the student from being accepted by a clinical facility which will not allow the student to progress in the program or take the licensure exam. Additional drug screenings may occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The cost of these screenings will also be the responsibility of the student.

  • Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into the program will be required to provide written documentation of health records.  Cost of background check, drug screen and medical records management is approximately $110.00 but is subject to change.

  • CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the start of clinical courses and the certification may not expire prior to the end of the semester. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Basic Life Support (BLS) training through the American Heart Association. A copy of certification must be submitted to the Medical Records management system. Annual Hospital Orientation is required.

  • Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to uniforms, lab supplies, malpractice insurance, review courses, licensure preparation, and graduation fees.

Semester-by-semester graduation plan

Surgical Technology (SUR1)


  • You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works, your Class Schedule, or by visiting the Advising webpage.

  • Susan Kinney is the Program Director of the Surgical Technology Technology.

  • You may also contact Lenette Thompson for information about this program

  • Please email if this Advising Guide needs to be corrected or updated.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 10/2018.