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Workforce Certificate Program

Surgical Technology (5667)

Mission Statement
Creating competent, ethical, confident entry–level health care practitioners committed to professional development through life–long learning in a positive, non–discriminatory and supportive learning environment.

The Program
This program prepares students for a career as members of the surgical team in the operating room under the direct supervision of professional nurses and surgeons. The 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). Upon successful completion of the program, students are qualified to take a National Certifying Examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). Particular emphasis is placed upon the skills involved in scrubbing and circulating a wide variety of surgical procedures and the preparation and maintenance of sterilized and unsterilized supplies.

Estimated tuition is $2,590 (for Florida residents, as of 7/06). Contact the program manager for additional costs (textbooks, fees, materials).

Admission to this program is limited and is based on academic performance and other criteria.

An application for admission to the program must include the following:

  1. A completed application to the Surgical Technology program
  2. A high school completion transcript or copy of GED® test scores
  3. Evidence of current CPR certification — adult, child and infant (achieved through an American Heart Association approved Basic Life Support (BLS) Course for Health Care Providers, that includes hands–on simulated experiences.)
  4. Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores.

For information call 904.766.6581.

More Information Online
Association of Surgical Technologists


Professional Courses
Contact Hours
Workforce Credits
*VPI 0100 Basic Reading Skills
*VPI 0200 Basic Mathematical Skills
*VPI 0300 Basic Language Skills
HCP 0001 Health Careers Core
HCP 0103 Nursing Related Core
STS 0005 Central Supply Assistant
STS 0810 Surgical Technology I
STS 0820 Surgical Technology II
  Total Contact Hours

*Students who have satisfactory test scores are not required to take these courses.

Record of Conviction of a Crime
Clinical agencies may require students to undergo drug screening and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

The cost of the background check and drug screen is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline.

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.

The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a major criterior in a student’s completion of the program. Students who fail to meet the State of Florida’s designated exit score will be required to complete Vocational Preparatory Instruction (VPI). In order to complete the program successfully, students must achieve or surpass the designated exit score(s). (See Standards of Academic Progress.)

GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (ACE). They may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of ACE or GED Testing Service. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license from the American Council on Education.


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