Curriculum and Requirements

This is a limited access program. Refer to the General Admission Requirements for Limited Access/Selected Admissions Health Programs section of this Catalog and Student Handbook for admission requirements.

The purpose of this program is to prepare students to work as surgical technologists in hospital operating rooms, outpatient surgical centers, labor and delivery units, physician's offices and medical sales positions. Upon successful completion of the program, students are qualified to take a national certifying examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Program Code: APP-ST

Session I - Year 1

Hours: 8 (240 clock hours)

Session II

Hours: 10 (300 clock hours)

Session III

Hours: 8 (240 clock hours)

Session I - Year 2

Hours: 8 (240 clock hours)

Session II

Hours: 11 (330 clock hours)

Total Technical Credits: 45 (1,350 clock hours)


An approved four-hour AIDS seminar, PHSC course NCH 0001, is a requirement for this program.

CPR certification, PHSC course NCH 0050, American Heart Association "Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers", is a requirement for this program.

Special Program Requirements:

A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in each course in order to continue in the program.

Courses may be repeated only on the recommendation of the faculty and the dean of health occupations and approval of the vice president of instruction/provost, West Campus, and if space is available. In order to receive a certificate, students must obtain satisfactory scores on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) (Form 9 or 10) with a minimum 11th grade level score in reading and language, and a score of 10 in mathematics. An associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university also will satisfy the TABE requirements.

A completed Physical Examination Report (SAR-40), satisfactory criminal background check and fingerprinting, and negative drug screen are required for this program.