Surgical Technology

Workforce Certificate

Surgical Technology

Surgical instrument set up, incision site preparation and laboratory gathering

Surgical instrument set up, incision site preparation and laboratory gathering

The Surgical Technology Workforce Certificate (W.C.) program prepares students to become an active surgical team member as surgical technologists. What is a surgical technologist? Students who become certified surgical technologists learn to prepare a sterile field with instruments and supplies for surgical procedures, then apply those skills while completing clinical rotations at local hospitals. Students will also learn about anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, microbiology, pharmacology and anesthesia. Upon completion of the professional and clinical coursework, students are eligible to sit for the national Certified Surgical Technologist Exam.

The mission of the surgical technologist program is to prepare students for distinctive success in their academic and personal goals. The surgical technology program instruction includes a combination of classroom studies, classroom lab practice, and clinical experience in the perioperative arena (operating room, pre- and post-anesthesia care and labor and delivery) which prepares students to assist members of the surgical team (surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and surgical technologists). Particular emphasis is placed upon the day-to-day skills required for surgical technologist jobs involving scrubbing and circulating a wide variety of surgical procedures and the preparation and maintenance of sterilized and unsterilized supplies to prepare for the certification surgical technologist. 

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The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, (, upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and the Surgical Assisting (ARS/STSA).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N. Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763
(727) 210-2350


Years Examination Pass Rate Completion Rate Employment Rate
2016 84% 83% 95%
2015 84% 95% 86%
2014 95% 66% 82%

Program Code: 5667

1,330 Clock/Contact hours

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School of Health, Education and Human Services
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May 15
Additional Costs

Drug screen, background checks, uniforms, physical and textbooks

Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is available, if qualified


(904) 713-6040


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Program Fact Sheet
Surgical Technology Application Packet
Alternative ways to earn credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree through Prior Learning Assessment. Examples include industry certifications, certain PSAV programs, credit by examination, or creating a portfolio of learning experiences. For more information, contact an academic advisor or learn more about Accelerated College.

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Degree Options

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be qualified to take the national certifying examination to become a certified surgical technologist.

Career Opportunities

Upon program completion, students will have acquired the skills to work as surgical technologists in the surgical arena in hospitals, surgery centers, physicians’ offices and central supply.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of surgical technologists is expected to increase 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

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