Surgical Technology Diploma


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.

Length of Program: One (1) semester of prerequisite courses, Three (3) semesters of occupational courses

Locations offered:

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.

Gainful Employment: For more information regarding this program including job placement rate, on-time graduation rate, costs, and occupational information, please view the Datasheet

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

Entrance Requirements: Prerequisite courses are as follows: English 1010, Math 1012, Psych 1010, ALHS 1011 and ALHS 1090. 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 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 2017 Annual Reporting Period:

Thomasville Campus – 90%
​Tifton Campus – 90%

The Surgical Technology associate degree and diploma programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon recommendation by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, Florida 33756
Phone: 703-669-6650

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA)
6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 210
Littleton, Colorado 80120-8031
Phone: 303-694-9262
Fax: 303-741-3655

1st Term
Books: $696.90
Fees: $309.00
Tuition: $1,335.00
Total: $2,340.90

2nd Term
Books: $399.70
Fees: $459.00
Tuition: $1,157.00
Total: $2,015.70

3rd Term
Books: $284.90
Fees: $339.00
Tuition: $1,157.00
Total: $1,780.90

4th Term
Books: $59.50
Fees: $593.00
Tuition: $1,068.00
Total: $1,720.50

Curriculum Credits

Curriculum Credits

1: Basic Sills Courses (9 Hours)


ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology 3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
and one of the following (3 Hours) 3
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 3

3: Occupational Courses (48 hours)


SURG 1100 Surgical Pharmacology 2
SURG 2110 Surgical Technology Clinical I 3
SURG 2040 Surgical Procedures II 4
SURG 2030 Surgical Procedures I 4
SURG 2130 Surgical Tech Clinical III 3
SURG 1080 Surgical Microbiology 2
SURG 1020 Principles of Surgical Tech 7
SURG 1010 Intro to Surgical Technology 8
ALHS 1090 MedTerm/Allied Health Sciences 2
SURG 2140 Surgical Tech Clinical IV 3
SURG 2120 Surgical Tech Clinical II 3
SURG 2240 Seminar in Surgical Technology 2
ALHS 1011 Structure/Function of Human Body 5

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