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Carolinas College Surgical Technology Program

Program Overview

Surgical technologists are an integral part of the team providing care to surgical patients. Surgical technologists work under the direction of a surgeon and facilitate the surgical procedure by preparing and providing the necessary instrumentation and supplies anticipated for the surgery.

The surgical technologist functions with a sterile conscious and maintains and ensures the highest standard of sterile technique throughout the process.

Curriculum Changes Effective Fall 2014 (PDF) 

Cutting-Edge Surgical Technologies

Surgical technology students are provided a curriculum that combines a heavy focus on human anatomy and disease, microbiology, surgical procedures, surgical tools and technologies to enable them to graduate with entry-level knowledge and competencies.  Students gain experience and have exposure to the latest cutting-edge surgical technologies.

The School of Surgical Technology at Carolinas College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP). Graduates are administered the National Certification exam given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Interesting Facts
  • 92 percent of graduates are placed in the field.
  • Employment of surgical technologists is expected to increase by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
  • More than 600 hours of guided clinical practice is provided in a variety of surgical settings including inpatient and outpatient surgical and obstetrical units.

Curriculum Plan

Surgical Technology Diploma Program The diploma in surgical technology will be awarded upon successful completion of 40 credits of prescribed coursework. The curriculum for the diploma program is below.

Associate Degree of Applied Science in Surgical Technology: The AAS degree in surgical technology is a 62-semester credit program consisting of applied and general studies courses.

Associate Degree Bridge Program: The AAS degree bridge program allows surgical technologists to earn an associate degree in their field by completing an additional 30 credits in general studies courses.

More Information

For more information on the Surgical Technology program, visit the Carolinas College information portal.

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