Surgical Technology

Work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and surgical personnel

Program Objective:

Surgical Technologists are responsible for preparing the operating room, selecting and opening sterile instruments. Training includes assembling, adjusting and checking nonsterile equipment. Completion of the surgical technologist program is approximately one year.

Program Content:

This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of theory, laboratory and clinical experiences and includes:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Microbiology
  • Aseptic Techniques
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacology
  • Instrumentation
  • Surgical Technology Procedures
  • Patient Safety
  • Use and Care of Equipment and Supplies
  • CPR Heartsaver
  • Basic Computer Literacy

Clinical experience makes up at least 50% of the total program. The program is approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements:

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program

  • Occupational Interest

  • High School Diploma / GED from an Accredited High School

  • Successfully pass the TEAS Test

Completion Requirements:

The entire program is 1330 hours but students can earn a certificate upon completion of the following OCPs:

OCPCOURSEHOURS
OCP ABasic Healthcare Worker90 Hours
OCP BCentral Supply Technician210 Hours
OCP CSurgical Technologist 1343 Hours
OCP CSurgical Technologist 2343 Hours
OCP CSurgical Technologist 3343 Hours
Total Hours: 1330

Minimum basic-skills grade levels required for awarding a Full Program Completion Certificate are 10th grade in Math, 11th grade in Reading and Language on the TABE® test. (Exception: High School Diploma from Florida Public School 2007-Present.) Additional information can be provided by student services. Students are expected to complete program competencies.

Employment Opportunities:

Licensed Surgical Technologist can work in

  • Hospitals
  • Surgical Centers
  • Physician’s Office
  • Delivery Rooms
  • Medical Sales Representative
  • Traveling Opportunites

Employment Requirements:

  • License: Tech-N-Surgery/certificated offered by National Center for Competency Testing, Certified Surgical Technologist, National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Salary:

According to the 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay for a Surgical Technologist was $43,300 annually or $20.82 per hour.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma from an accredited High School, or its equivalent. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, at www.fafsa.gov. Questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

Program Cost:

  • In-state residents – $2.56 per hour (Subject to change)

  • Out of state resident – $10.25 per hour (Subject to change)

  • $15.00 application fee per trimester

  • Material Fee: $150.00

  • Identification fee – $5.00 per trimester

  • Liability/Accidental Insurance: $25.00

  • Students must purchase books/kits and/or uniforms, if applicable

  • Review: $55.00 – Testing Fee: $155.00

Program Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

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