The Surgical Technology Diploma in Applied Science program is designed to prepare individuals for employment as surgical technologists. Surgical technologists are integral members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during, and after surgery. The primary responsibility of the surgical technologist is to maintain the sterile field while ensuring that all other members of the surgical team adhere to aseptic technique.
The qualified candidate will have excellent eye-hand coordination, effective communication skills, an affinity for detail, and the ability to function well in stressful situations. Knowledge of human anatomy, surgical instrumentation, supplies and procedures allows the surgical technologist to function as an integral member of the surgical team. Program graduates will be eligible to take the National Certified Surgical Technologist examination (CST) and will be qualified for employment in many diverse areas of the health care system, such as the following: operating rooms, emergency rooms, labor and delivery, GI and cardiac catheterization labs, ambulatory surgery centers, sterile supply, cell saver technologist, private physician’s scrub surgical technologists, instrument sales representatives and veterinary assistants.
The Surgical Technology Diploma Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 (727-210-2350), upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).
Application for admission to the Surgical Technology program is based on a COMPETITIVE ADMISSION PROCESS; therefore, meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee an applicant admission to the Surgical Technology program.
Program Mission Statement
To prepare competent entry-level individuals in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for employment as surgical technologists and to be integral members of a surgical team, who work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during, and after surgery.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Surgical Technology Program, the graduate will be able to:
- Integrate the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology in the delivery of safe practice.
- Integrate principles of surgical asepsis as part of the preoperative experience.
- Implement safe practice techniques in regards to preoperative routines, patient transportation, positioning, and emergency procedures.
- Correlate the elements, action, and use of medications and anesthetic agents used during the preoperative experience.
- Demonstrate professional behaviors to include ethical, legal, moral, and medical values reflective of a competent entry-level Surgical Technologist.
- Exhibit effective communication skills necessary to work collaboratively as a member of the surgical team.
- Possess the knowledge and skills to successfully pass the NBSTSA National Certification Exam.
Application for admission to the Surgical Technology program is based on a COMPETITIVE ADMISSION PROCESS; therefore, meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee an application admission to the Surgical Technology program.
Competitive Admission Process
The Surgical Technology program has a limited enrollment and students must apply for admission. An applicant may obtain an Admission Eligibility Verification and Application form from the Surgical Technology Program manager and/or Health Sciences Administrative Assistant in the Health Sciences Center. It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete the Admission Eligibility Verification and Application form correctly and submit the form to the Surgical Technology Program Manager by the deadline.
Students are admitted to the Surgical Technology program annually in the fall semester. NOTE: If the deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline date becomes the next business day.
All applicants must meet the general enrollment requirements of Central Carolina Technical College (see general College admissions requirements) as well as all admission requirements for Health Sciences students listed at the beginning of the Health Sciences program section of the catalog.
Must be satisfied PRIOR to the Surgical Technology program application admission process:
- Graduate of an accredited high school or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate.
- The Central Carolina Technical College registrar must have receipt of all official transcripts (including high school and all regionally accredited institutions).
- Completion and grade of “C” or higher in AHS 102 (Medical Terminology), BIO 112 (Basic Anatomy and Physiology), ENG 101 (English Composition I), and MAT 155 (Contemporary Mathematics).
- BIO 210 and BIO 211 may be used to replace BIO 112 if both of these courses have been completed with a grade of “C” or better.
- Completion of Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a score at the Academic Preparedness Level of “Basic” (with a score of 55 or higher), “Proficient”, “Advanced” or “Exemplary”.
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale in Surgical Technology program curriculum courses.
Admission into the Surgical Technology program is competitive and based on a selective point system process. The point system process is an objective means for evaluating applicants. Applicants will be numerically ranked according to the following criteria.
- Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
- Thirty-six percent (36%) of an applicant’s total points will come from the TEAS. An applicant must take the TEAS as part of the application process and score at the “Basic” (with a score of 55 or higher), “Proficient”, “Advanced” or “Exemplary” level in the Academic Preparedness Level Category.
- Combining TEAS scores from separate tests will not be allowed. An applicant may take the TEAS twice in a calendar year (January 1st thru December 31st). An applicant must wait thirty days prior to taking the TEAS a second time. An applicant may take the TEAS no more than four times. TEAS scores that are older than five years will not be accepted.
- An applicant may substitute version 5.0 of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) for the TEAS. No other versions of the TEAS may be substituted.
- Admission Program GPA
- Thirty-four percent (34%) of an applicant’s total points will come from the GPA of all program curriculum courses (general education courses) taken in the Surgical Technology program. However, an applicant must have completed AHS 102 (Medical Terminology), *BIO 112 (Basic Anatomy and Physiology), ENG 101(English Composition I), and MAT 155 (Contemporary Mathematics) with a grade of “C” or higher to be eligible to submit an admission application. The admission program GPA will be calculated on a 4.0 scale for all completed program curriculum courses (general education courses) in the Surgical Technology program taken at Central Carolina Technical College or transferred into Central Carolina Technical College. Points will be awarded based on the admission program GPA at the time the admission application is submitted.
Credit awarded as “E” to a student through advanced standing (Advanced Placement Examinations, College Level Examination Program, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, International Baccalaureate Examination, and Proficiency Tests) will NOT be calculated in the admission program GPA.
The program curriculum courses (general education courses) required in the Surgical Technology program curriculum are:
- AHS 102 Medical Terminology (3)
- BIO 112 Basic Anatomy & Physiology (4)*
- BIO 115 Basic Microbiology (3)**
- ENG 101 English Composition I (3)
- MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics (3)
- PSY 201 General Psychology (3)
*BIO 210/BIO 211 may be used to replace BIO 112
**BIO 225 may be used to replace BIO 115
General education courses in the Surgical Technology curriculum may be retaken one time only.
Initial Core Courses
Twenty percent (20%) of an applicant’s total points will come from the required initial core courses; AHS 102 (Medical Terminology) *BIO 112 (Basic Anatomy and Physiology), ENG 101 (English Composition I), and MAT 155 (Contemporary Mathematics). Points will be awarded based on grades achieved in AHS 102, BIO 112, ENG 101, and MAT 155.
*Completion of BIO 210 and BIO 211 with a grade of “C” or better on each may be substituted for BIO 112. However, the grade received in BIO 210 will be used to award the points for the initial core course.
Credit awarded as “E” to a student through advanced standing (Advanced Placement Examinations, College Level Examination Program, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, International Baccalaureate Examination, and Proficiency Tests) will be treated as a grade of “C”.
Service Area and Collegiate Credential
Ten percent (10%) of the applicant’s total points will come from the following: 1) Service Area and 2) Collegiate Credential
Service Area – a resident of Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee, and Sumter counties in South Carolina will be awarded points in the competitive admission process. The Central Carolina Technical College Admissions and Counseling Services Office will be responsible for making all residency determinations. It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit proper documentation of residency.
Collegiate Credential (credit only) – an applicant with a regionally accredited post-secondary degree, diploma, or certificate will be awarded points in the competitive admission process. Only post- secondary degrees, diplomas, or certificates accepted by the College Registrar prior to the application deadline will be considered. Points will be awarded based on the highest degree earned. Two or more degrees will not be counted. For example, if an applicant has completed a Baccalaureate Degree as well as an Associate Degree, the applicant will only receive points for the Baccalaureate Degree or if an applicant has two Baccalaureate Degrees, the applicant will only receive points for one of the two Baccalaureate Degrees.
Additional points may be added to an applicant’s total points if the applicant completes BIO 115 (Basic Microbiology), PSY 201 (General Psychology) or has taken the second of the Anatomy and Physiology course series (BIO 211) and achieved a grade of “C” or higher prior to submitting their admission application. Points will be awarded based on the grades achieved in BIO 115 or BIO 225, BIO 211 and/or PSY 201. Up to ten additional points may be awarded.
Applicants to the Surgical Technology program will be ranked based upon points awarded, and the applicants with the highest number of points will be selected to fill the available seats in the Surgical Technology program. If two or more applicants have the identical point count total, the highest TEAS Adjusted Individual Total Score will be the deciding factor.
Progression Standards – After Program Entry
- Failure to meet progression standards results in suspension from the program.
- After admission, students must maintain a minimum 2.0 program GPA in program curriculum in order to progress.
- Must earn a minimum of a “C” or higher in each required curriculum course. Based on availability of space students may retake program curriculum courses completed with less than a “C” one time only.
- Must successfully complete all components of a course (theory, clinical, lab skills proficiency) in order to pass the course. Students who fail to complete a component will receive a grade of “F” for the course regardless of the time in the semester and are not eligible to receive a “W” or “WA” through the withdrawal process.
- Students must complete all course requirements within two years of starting date of first SUR course (SUR 101).
- Students are limited to two attempts at successful completion of any surgical technology program (including Central Carolina Technical College). A withdrawal “W”, “WA” or “WF” constitutes an attempt at a program course and will count as one attempt to complete the program.
- Students must maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Provider certification through the American Heart Association and submit an annual tuberculin skin test (TST) to remain in the program. Online certification/recertification is not be accepted.
Transfers or Readmissions
- Students who have withdrawn or have been suspended once from the Surgical Technology Diploma program at CCTC or any other educational institution must request admission/readmission to the program.
- Students must have a cumulative program GPA of 2.0 for readmission or transfer.
- Students who have been suspended more than once will be dismissed from the Surgical Technology program and will be ineligible for admission or readmission. However, students may petition the Dean of Health Sciences for special consideration if they have experienced extenuating circumstances. The final decision for an exception rests with the Dean.
- Students seeking transfer must meet all admission requirements and submit syllabi, course outlines, and catalogs from the former institution to the program manager for review. Transfer evaluations are considered on an individual basis.
- Students seeking transfer or readmission must follow specific guidelines to ensure theoretical knowledge and clinical competencies are current.
Additional Course Notes
*BIO 210 and BIO 211 may take the place of BIO 112.
**BIO 225 may take the place of BIO 115.
*MAT 101 may take the place of MAT 155.
SUR 110 and SUR 111, Introduction to Surgical Practicum and Basic Surgical Practicum has a flexible schedule. Students may be required to attend classes between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Gainful Employment Data
This program is aligned with the following career cluster: Health Science.
Academic Program Manager, Surgical Technology
(803) 778-7811 ext. 411
This program of study requires that all developmental courses be completed prior to graduation. These developmental courses may or may not be prerequisites to courses required in the program. Developmental courses are determined by placement tests taken at the time of admission into the College. The developmental courses are MAT 013 and RWR 032. These courses do not count for credit in any program of study.
Following is a list of courses required to complete this program. Since some courses are offered once a year, courses should be taken in the following sequence in order to complete the program in a timely manner.
INITIAL CORE COURSES
Note(s): *BIO 112