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 Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Accreditation Review Committee on Education for Surgical Technology; 25400 U.S. Hwy 19 North, Clearwater, FL, 33763; Phone: 1-727-210-2350; web site:

Student Learning Outcomes:
• Students will maintain sterility while opening a sterile package, sterile basin, sterile instrument tray, and a sterile wrapped item.
• Students will demonstrate the correct surgical hand scrub procedure.
• Students will enter into the OR and function with proper aseptic techniques.
• Students will pass instruments in the OR in assisting the surgical team.
• Students will maintain patient safety in the OR with minimal or no assistance.

Program Offered at the Following Sites: Thomasville, Tifton

Length of Program: Two (2) semesters of prerequisite courses, Three (3) semesters of occupational courses.

Cost of Program: Click Here.

Entrance Date: Prerequisite Courses open; however, all prerequisite/competitive admission courses (ALHS 1090 – Medical Terminology for Allied Health, BIOL 2113 – Anatomy & Physiology I, BIOL 2113L – Anatomy & Physiology Lab I, BIOL 2114 – Anatomy & Physiology II, BIOL 2114L – Anatomy & Physiology Lab II, BIOL 2117 – Microbiology, BIOL 2117L – Microbiology Lab, ENGL 1101 – Composition and Rhetoric, one natural science/mathematics – MATH 1100, MATH 1101, MATH 1103, or MATH 1111, one humanities, one social science, and one general education elective) must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of a “C”, prior to competitive program admission deadline.

Program Admission: Tifton – Fall Semester; Thomasville - Fall Semester

Entrance Requirements: Entry into this program is based on competitive admissions criteria. Contact the program advisor or admissions for details. Completion of prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission into the program. For further details, Please see the Competitive Admissions Criteria. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

Surgical Technology Competitive Admissions Criteria Requirements:

Age: Applicant must be 18 years of age prior to first clinical course.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advisor: A Program Advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Additional Requirements: American Heart Healthcare Provider CPR Certification, Physical Exam, Criminal Background Check, and Drug Toxicology. All may be required to be successfully passed, as prescribed by the clinical institutions.

Note: Those who have been arrested/convicted of a moral and/or legal violation of the law may not be granted permission to take the certification examination. Surgical Techs seeking this degree or transferring students must provide proof of graduation from an accredited program or proof of valid national certification.

Program Final Exit Point: Surgical Technology, Associate of Applied Science. Eligible to apply for a national certification examination.

Credits Required for Graduation: 73 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.

CAAHEP Accreditation: Outcomes Assessment Exam (OAE) Results for 2016 Annual Reporting Period:

Thomasville Campus – 50%
​Tifton Campus – 57%


Credit Hours

1. General Core Courses 15
Area I: Language Arts/Communication 3
Required Course(s):
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics 3
Required Course(s):
One Mathematics Course
Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts 3
And one additional course from Area I, II, III, or IV (3 Hours)(as approved by program advisor) 3
General Education courses and electives for the Associate Level can be found on this page.
2. Institutional Credit (3 hours)
COLL 1500 Student Success
Sandy Fletcher
Surgical Technology Faculty
School of Health Sciences
O: (229) 391-2653
Sherry King
Surgical Technology Program Chair
School of Health Sciences
O: (229) 391-2638
Stephanie Pierce
Surgical Technology
Health Sciences
O: (229) 225-5205