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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 Director Contact Information

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

Clinical Coordinator Contact Information

Sonya Jackson, CST, BS, HCM
Phone: (706) 771-4757

Program Description:  The surgical technology degree program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in the surgical field. The surgical technology degree program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and technical knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. In addition, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in surgical technology. Graduates of the program receive a surgical technology associate of applied science degree and are qualified for employment as surgical technologists as well as eligible to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). 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:  Most surgical technologists work in hospitals, however; surgical technologist are in demand for employment in physicians’ offices, emergency rooms, ambulatory and day surgery centers, central sterile processing departments, managerial roles, veterinary offices and more. Nationally, surgical technologists held about 93,600 jobs in 2010 and 3,177 of those were in the State of Georgia in 2012. It is projected that nationally in 2020, surgical technologists will hold 111,300 jobs, representing an increase of 17,700 jobs overall or an increase of 19%, about as fast as the average for all occupations. In Georgia in 2022 it is estimated that 4,319 jobs will be held by surgical technologists, an increase of 1,142 jobs representing an increase of 35.95%. Older people, including the baby boom generation, who generally require more surgical procedures, will account for a larger portion of the general population. In addition, technological advances, such as fiber optics and laser technology, will permit an increasing number of new surgical procedures to be performed and also will allow surgical technologists to assist with a greater number of procedures. Job prospects should be best for surgical technologists who have completed an accredited education program and who maintain their professional certification.

Gainful Employment

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