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Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology Diploma program being replaced by Surgical Technology Degree Program

The Surgical Technology DIPLOMA program is being phased out and will be replaced by the Associate of Applied Science, Surgical Technology Degree (pending SACSCOC approval). The last DIPLOMA level class will be accepted Fall Semester, 2017, which means that the deadline for Applications is February 1, 2017 and the deadline for Transcripts and/or pre-requisite classes to be completed is May 30, 2017. If a prospective student is not accepted for progression into the Fall Semester, 2017 class they will need to re-apply for the Surgical Technology Degree Level program or choose a different program to pursue.

The FIRST Surgical Technology degree level students will be accepted in Fall Semester, 2017 to complete all prerequisite courses to progress into the Surgical Technology Occupational Courses in Fall Semester, 2018. If you have any questions please contact the Program Director.

Program Advisor Contact Information

L. Gene Burke, CST, FAST, AAS
Phone: (706) 771-4191

Program Description:  The Surgical Technology diploma program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in the surgical field. Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Surgical Technology graduates are prepared to function as surgical technologists in positions requiring advanced knowledge in surgical procedures. Graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Examination for Surgical Technologist and will take this exam as part of the graduation process. High school graduation or GED is required for admission to this program. You must be at least 17 years of age before entering this program.  

Accreditation:  The program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs based on the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARCSTSA). The contact information for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs is as follows: 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350, The contact information for the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting is as follows: 6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110, Littleton, CO 80120, 303-694-9262.

Employment Opportunities:  Surgical technologist are in demand for employment in hospital operating rooms, physicians’ offices, emergency rooms, ambulatory and day surgery centers, central sterile processing departments, managerial roles, and more.

Gainful Employment

Annual Reporting Year Academic Year Standard Reporting Percentage of that Standard
2017 8/1/2015 - 7/31/2016 Retention Rate 63%
CST Exam Pass Rate 20%
CST Graduate Placement Rate 62%
2016 8/1/2014 - 7/31/2015 Retention Rate 93%
CST Exam Pass Rate 62%
CST Graduate Placement Rate 53%
2015 8/1/2013 - 7/31/2014 Retention Rate 94%
CST Exam Pass Rate 60%
CST Graduate Placement Rate 62%