Surgical Technology


We are so glad you’re here! Fletcher's Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology degree can be obtained in as little as six semesters.  The Surgical Technology program admits a new class into the clinical component of the program each summer.


The Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology at Fletcher Technical Community College is a six semester, 65 credit hour program. It consists of two semesters of prerequisite coursework and four semesters of surgical technology courses. The prerequisite courses are offered face-to-face day and/or evening, and online. Classes in the surgical technology program meet face-to-face with some virtual components incorporated.

Upon successful completion of the curriculum, the student will qualify to take the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technologists. The certifying exam is written and administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Certified Surgical Technologists (CSTs) are integral members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesia providers, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel delivering patient care before, during, and after surgery. Their primary responsibility is maintaining the sterile field. The CST handles the instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. Certified Surgical Technologists have an understanding of the procedure being performed, anticipate the needs of the surgeon and have the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure. 



The application deadline will be set yearly in late spring. Specific program application and admission requirements can be found in the Admission Guide. Students must review the Admission Guide prior to applying to the program. Here are a few important things to note regarding applying to the Surgical Technology program:

  • The following courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to applying to the program: MATH 1214/1213 OR MATH 1104/1103, ENGL 1006/1010, BIOL 1140, BIOL 1150, PSYC 2010 OR PSYC 2120, BIOL 1160, BIOL 1170, BIOL 2030 OR BIOL 2121 and 2123, HESC 1110, HESC 1010 and a Primary Humanities Elective.
  • Applicants must achieve a minimum 2.5 GPA on all required prerequisite coursework (all non-SURG courses) AND each course must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Applicants should be advised that some of the courses required for program entry may have additional prerequisite or test score requirements not listed on the curriculum. Please see the current general catalog descriptions for more information.
  • Minimum 70% on each required component on the HESI (Health Education System, Inc.) Admissions Assessment Test (A2) English Language (Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary & General Knowledge, & Grammar) Math (Basic Math Skills) Science (Biology, Anatomy & Physiology).
  • Applicants who have not met HESI A2 requirements, but meet all other requirements, may still apply to the program for consideration; however, applicants who have met all requirements will be considered for admission first. 
  • Beginning in 2024, all BIOL courses must be taken with five (5) years of the application deadline. 
  • Admission into the Surgical Technology program is based on GPA, HESI scores, and meeting all eligibility requirements. Seating is limited based on clinical availability each year.  A student’s eligibility to apply is not a guarantee of acceptance into the Surgical Technology Program
  • Federal Grants 
  • Student Loans
  • TOPS 
  • MJ Foster Promise Program
  • Louisiana Workforce Commission

The Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida 33763, 727-210-2350. The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit accreditation services agency providing national recognition for higher education programs in surgical technology and surgical assisting, in collaboration with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), in order to promote quality surgical patient care through quality credible education.

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Lindsay Henderson, MA, BAS, CST
Department Head of Surgical Technology
Phone: 985-448-5931