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. (NBSTSA) National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. This program is only offered full-time, during the day. (Program Length: 6 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. (BIOL 2113 and BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114 and BIOL 2114L, BIOL 2117 and BIOL 2117L, ALHS 1090, ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102, General Education Area IV course, MATH 1111 or MATH 1101, PSYC 1101, PSYC 2103, FYES 1000) Minimum 2.5 GPA

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.

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

17 Hours

SURG 1010 Intro to Surgical Technology

SURG 1020 Principles of Surgical Tech

SURG 1080 Surgical Microbiology

12 Hours

SURG 1100 Surgical Pharmacology

SURG 2110 Surgical Technical Clinical I

SURG 2030 Surgical Procedures I

SURG 2120 Surgical Technology Pract III

12 Hours

SURG 2040 Surgical Procedures II

SURG 2130 Surgical Technology Pract IV

SURG 2140 Surgical Technology Pract V

SURG 2240 Seminar in Surgical Technology


ALHS 1090, FYES 1000, BIOL 2114 and BIOL 2114L, BIOL 2117 and BIOL 2117L,  ENGL 1102, General Education Area IV course, PSYC 1101 and PSYC 2103 must be completed to graduate from the surgical technology degree program.

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

* BIOL 2113, BIOL 2114, and BIOL 2117 must be taken within 5 years of program acceptance.

For the general educational courses noted with an (*), students can select from classes listed on pages 89-90. All associate's degree students are required to take a minimum of 15 general educational course credits. A minimum of one course must be selected from course Area I, Area II, Area III and Area IV.