Surgical Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in surgical technology. Graduates of the program receive a surgical technology degree and are qualified for employment as surgical technologists.

The Gwinnett Technical College Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354

6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: 303-694-9262

Students will become certified as a surgical technologist by taking the National Surgical Technologists Certification Exam administered through the (NBSTSA) National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. This program is only offered full-time, during the day. (Program Length: 3 Semesters plus prerequisite core completion.)

Length of time to complete prerequisites varies depending on applicants’ transfer credit and/or testing results. The time to complete prerequisites is not included in the total program length. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the admissions office once pre-requisites have been completed. In order to begin the clinical requirements, students must complete a tuberculosis skin test, supply proof of immunization, undergo a background check, and submit to a drug screen test. File completion does not guarantee an interview or acceptance into the program. Prerequisites must be completed by the program deadline. (FYES 1000, ENGL 1101, PSYC 1101, MATH 1111 or 1101, ALHS 1090, BIOL 2113  and BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114 and BIOL 2114L, BIOL 2117 and BIOL 2117L, ENG1102) Minimum 2.5 GPA. Please see the competitive health application at for additional information.

Special Admission for Current Surgical Technologists
Applicants who have previously completed a Surgical Technology diploma program may apply for admission to the associate degree program in order to complete the degree-level General Education Core Courses and Essential Technical Courses. Applicants must submit transcripts showing successful completion of a TCSG accredited Surgical Technology diploma program. In addition, applicants must submit proof of current Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) certification. Prerequisites: ENGL 1101, MATH 1111 or MATH 1101, and BIOL 2113 and BIOL 2113L. A minimum of 40% of program requirements bust be completed at Gwinnett Tech in order to earn the Surgical Technology Degree.

Graduation Requirements
All surgical technology students are required to pass a comprehensive exit exam with a score of 70 percent or better in order to complete the program. The comprehensive exam is administered in SURG 2240, Seminar in Surgical Technology. Students must complete a minimum of 120 total scrub cases: 80 first scrub; 40 second scrub. Students are also required to Scrub a total minimum number of 120 cases. To graduate the cases must be comprised from the following: Students are required to complete a minimum of thirty (30) cases in General Surgery. Twenty (20) of those cases should be in the First Scrub Role (as defined on page 175 of the CCST6e). Students are required to complete a minimum of ninety (90) cases in various surgical specialties. Sixty (60) of those cases should be in the First Scrub Role and evenly, but not necessarily equally distributed between a minimum of at least five (5) surgical Specialties. However, fifteen (15) First or Second Scrub cases is the maximum number of cases that can be counted in any one surgical specialty.

Employment Opportunities
Hospitals and other institutions that have operating room, delivery room, and/or emergency room facilities; government agencies such as Veterans Administration Medical Centers and the Armed Forces; Instrument and Equipment Sales


Essential General Education Core Courses



Area I – Language Arts/Communication

Composition and Rhetoric

ENGL 1101


Literature and Composition

ENGL 1102


Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences

Introductory Psychology

PSYC 1101


Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics
(Successful completion of MATH 1111 or MATH 1101 is required)

College Algebra

MATH 1111


Math Modeling

MATH 1101


Area IV – Humanities/Fine Arts (Choose ONE of the following)

Art Appreciation

ARTS 1101


American Literature

ENGL 2130


Introduction to Humanities



Music Appreciation

MUSC 1101


Essential Technical Courses



First Year Experience

FYES 1000


Medical Terminology

ALHS 1090


Anatomy and Physiology I & Lab *

BIOL 2113/L


Anatomy and Physiology II & Lab *

BIOL 2114/L


Introductory Microbiology & Lab *

BIOL 2117/L


Introduction to Surgical Technology



Surgical Pharmacology



Surgical Microbiology



Principles of Surgical Technology



Surgical Technology Clinical I

SURG 2110


Surgical Procedures I

SURG 2030


Surgical Technology Clinical III

SURG 2120


Surgical Technology Clinical IV

SURG 2130


Surgical Procedures II

SURG 2040


Surgical Technology Clinical V

SURG 2140


Seminar in Surgical Technology

SURG 2240



Total Hours


* BIOL 2113, BIOL 2114, and BIOL 2117 must be taken within 5 years of file completion deadline.

*Students must complete all prerequisite courses prior to the file completion deadline (June 1 for Fall term and September 1 for Spring term) with a 2.5 GPA

**Suggested First Semester classes: FYES 1000, ENGL 1101, MATH 1111, BIOL 2113 and BIOL2113L