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Surgical Technology H170211


Meeting Times
Estimated Cost
Day / Evening
04/29/2022M 8am-1pm; T-F 8am-2pm (Clinical hours vary)

Course Info


Length: 15 Months (1330 Clock Hours)

Classroom Schedule: Monday 8 am-1 pm; Tuesday-Friday 8 am-2 pm
Clinical Schedule: Clinical hours vary                      
(Summer schedule) Monday- Thursday 8 am - 2:45 pm
This program is fully accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

Surgical Technology Standards: 

  • Possess a standard U.S. high school diploma or GED from a school accredited by an approved accrediting association.  
  • CASAS ( Reading and Math)Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Scores: 219 in Reading, 631 Language and 241 in Math OR meet an exemption (refer to Admissions and Testing) 

Program Requirements 

  • Physical examination/immunizations
  • Criminal background check 
  • Random drug screenings

Students entering all health programs with a clinical study requirement must submit to a criminal background check and random drug screenings at their own expense.

If problems arise with the results of either the criminal background check or the drug screening, students will not be permitted to attend the clinical portion of the program which then results in program non-completion. 

A history of felony convictions or substance abuse may adversely affect your ability to gain employment or take licensing exams in the medical professions. We encourage you to consider your personal history when making appropriate career choices.

Tattoos' must be covered at all times, in the classroom and clinicals. No facial piercing allowed in the classroom or clinicals. 

2020-2021 Curriculum Framework

Program Description
The Surgical Technology program is designed to prepare students to function as members of the surgical team under the supervision and responsibility of the operating room supervisor. Surgical Technologists assist the surgeon and nurses at the operating table by preparing supplies and equipment for use in surgery.

Program graduates are able to implement methods of sterilization in preparing supplies and instruments, properly set-up the operating room and assist the surgeon as the sterile person on all types of surgical procedures.

The program of study and clinical experience are structured in two phases: a pre-clinical phase (8 months) offers the foundation courses on which the students base their knowledge and practice; the clinical phase (7 months) attained at area hospitals, offers students the practical knowledge skills that can only be obtained through clinical experience. The daily hours for the clinical portion of the training vary from the regular school schedule.

Book and Supply Information  
For the most current list of books and supplies, please contact the Student Services Office, Financial Aid Office or our Bookstore. 

Employment/Career Opportunities
Graduates are qualified to seek employment as a Surgical Technologist and will take the National Certifying Examination for Surgical Technologist in the program prior to graduation.

Salaries for graduates range from $16.07-$23.22 per hour.
Source:  Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Labor Market Statistics

Frequently Asked Questions

What are a surgical technologist's responsibilities?

Surgical technologists are responsible for assisting in the pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative preparation and care of the surgical patient. They prepare the sterile surgical field by gowning, gloving and helping the surgical team in draping the patient, passing the proper instrumentation to the surgeon for use on the patient during the surgical procedures; and assisting in cleaning the post-operative room to prepare for the next surgery.

What are the physical demands of a surgical technologist?
Surgical technologists must be able to lift at least 40-50 pounds. The instrument pans can be very heavy and patient lifting may be part of the job. Students must be able to stand for long periods of time in one position (up to 8 hours). May be required to stand in awkward positions through out the surgical procedures.

What are the responsibilities or demands surgeons place on surgical technologists?
Surgeons expect surgical technologists to know and carry out proper aseptic technique and have a broad based knowledge of basic instrumentation and suture use. They also expect technologists to be able to identify basic anatomical structures, properly pass instruments and supplies and know how to deal with stressful surgical situations.

Is clinical experience provided in the program?
Yes, students participate in a seven month clinical assignment in one of several sites throughout the county.

Is there a lot of homework in the program?

What is the job market for a certified surgical technologist?
The job market has tremendous possibilities throughout the area and the USA. The course has close to a 100% hiring rate.

What certifications and/or coursework can graduates earn?
Graduates can earn national certification and continuing education credits.

What are the career opportunities in the surgical technologist field?
Graduates work in hospital facilities, eye banks, as private physician scrubs or first assistants, as procurement team members, as sales reps, or take nationwide traveling assignments.

Where have graduates found employment?
Graduates have been employed by statewide and nationwide hospitals, St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, Florida Hospital-Tampa, Tampa General Hospital, Brandon Hospital, Veteran's Hospital, South Bay Hospital, and
physician's private technologist.

Is job placement available upon graduation? 
Advisory committee representatives and teachers provide students with guidance and recommendations.

How can I learn more about this career field?

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For questions regarding the program please contact:

Council on Occupational Education

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