Surgical Technology

Are you fascinated with the operating room and surgery? Consider becoming a surgical technologist.

The goal of the surgical technology program at GTCC is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

surgical-tech.jpgThe skills required to be a surgical technologist, according to the Association of Surgical Technologists, include:

  • Preparing the operating room, including the sterile field, and setting up surgical equipment, supplies, and solutions
  • Pass instruments, fluids, and supplies to the surgeon during surgery and prepare and manage surgical equipment
  • Simultaneously manage the sterile field and specimens
  • Perform a count of sponges and supplies to prevent foreign retained objects

Upon successful completion of the AAS Surgical Technology curriculum, graduates should be able to:

  • Integrate concepts from anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and anesthesia, and medical terminology for surgical technology practice.
  • Demonstrate surgical conscience for perioperative patient care.
  • Perform surgical technologist skills using professional standards of practice.
  • Collaborate with the surgical team to provide efficient and effective perioperative patient care.

This will be accomplished by preparing competent entry-level surgical technologists and meeting or exceeding the criteria in the current CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology and the seventh edition of the Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology.

Upon completion of the surgical technology program at GTCC, graduates are eligible to take the National Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

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


Outcomes Assessment Exam National Certification Exam Pass rate 63%: Assessment Year 2023-2024: 85%; AY 2022-2023: 63%; AY 2021-2022: 63%; AY 2020-2021: 100% (Note: 1 exam taken during COVID year); AY 2019-2020: 25%

Admissions Information

Credentialing Options

Frequently Asked Questions

The Surgical Technology program has a selective admission process with a limited enrollment of 36 students for the Associate in Applied Science degree.

Students interested in applying for this program must follow the guidelines in the Surgical Technology Admission Packet linked above under the section called "Admission Information."

John Ratliff, Program Director

Financial aid is available if you qualify. Please visit the Financial Aid web page or call the Financial Aid office at 336-334-4822, option 3.

Accepted students will receive a letter acknowledging their acceptance into the program with additional information about an orientation session before the start of classes. At the orientation, students will receive information about health requirements, background/drug screening, clinical requirements, etc.

Students who are not accepted may want to apply for the next admission in the same program. A Limited Entry Admission advisor can assist students with how to improve their ranking or choose another program to consider.

Students will begin having clinical experiences in area surgical centers and hospitals in the second semester of the program. They will spend 17 hours per week, two days a week, in the student role and are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients under the supervision of agency staff and/or GTCC faculty.

Tuition Rates and Fees (All tuition fees are subject to change)
In-State Tuition Credit Hours Out-of-State Tuition
$76.00 1 $268.00
$152.00 2 $536.00
$228.00 3 $804.00
$304.00 4 $1,072.00
$380.00 5 $1,340.00
$456.00 6 $1,608.00
$532.00 7 $1,876.00
$608.00 8 $2,144.00
$684.00 9 $2,412.00
$760.00 10 $2,680.00
$836.00 11 $2,948.00
$912.00 12 $3,216.00
$988.00 13 $3,484.00
$1,064.00 14 $3,752.00
$1,140.00 15 $4,020.00
$1,216.00 16 or more $4,288.00

The tuition rates listed above do not include student fees.

Student Fees

Student Activity Fee
Credit Hours Fee
1 to 11 credit hours $15.00
12 or more credit hours $26.25

(Assessed each fall and spring semester)

Campus Access, Parking, Security Fee 
Credit Hours Fee
1 to 11 credit hours $25.00
12 or more credit hours $50.00

(Assessed each fall, spring and summer semester)

Computer Use and Technology Fee
Credit Hours Fee
1 to 11 credit hours $10.00
12 or more credit hours $16.00

(Assessed each fall, spring and summer semester)

Student Accident Insurance
Semester Fee
Fall $3.30
Spring $3.30
Summer $1.20

(Per curriculum student)

Malpractice Insurance
Timeframe Fee
Per semester $8.50
Per year $17.00

(Assessed in specific programs)

Additional Expenses
Item Fee
Scrubs $30.00
CST Exam $247.00

Students who successfully complete the Associate in Applied Science degree are eligible to take the CST (Certified Surgical Technologist) exam. The certification, while not required by all healthcare agencies, may open additional employment opportunities for graduates.