Program Description: The Surgical Technology, Diploma program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in the surgical field. The Surgical Technology, Diploma 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 diploma 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: One (1) semester of prerequisite courses, Three (3) semesters of occupational courses.

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Entrance Dates: Prerequisite Courses open; however, all prerequisite/competitive admission courses (ALHS 1011 –Structure and Function of the Human Body, ALHS 1090 – Medical Terminology for Allied Health, ENGL 1010 – Fundamentals of English I, MATH 1012 – Foundations of Mathematics, PSYC 1010 – Basic Psychology, COLL 1500 – College Success) must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of a “C”, prior to competitive program admission deadline.

Surgical Technology Competitive Admissions Criteria Requirements:

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.

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.

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. All may be required to be successfully passed, as prescribed by the clinical institutions.

Program Final Exit Point: Surgical Technology, Diploma. Eligible to apply for a national certification examination.

Credits Required for Graduation: 60 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%

Note: Credits from this program may be applied to a degree program.

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Credit Hours

1. Basic Skills Courses (9 hours)
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology 3
And one of the following (3 hours)
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
MATH 1013 Algebraic Concepts (3)
MATH 1015 Geometry and Trigonometry (3)
2. Institutional Credit (3 hours)
COLL 1500 Student Success
Fletcher, Sandy
Surgical Technology Faculty
School of Health Sciences
O: (229) 391-2653
King, Sherry
Surgical Technology Program Chair
School of Health Sciences
O: (229) 391-2638
Pierce, Stephanie
Surgical Technology
Health Sciences
O: (229) 225-5205