Surgical Technology Program

Surgical Technology

Welcome

We are so glad you’re here! Fletcher Technical Community College admits a new class into the Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology program each Summer (beginning in 2022).  There will be no 2021 acceptance class.

Program Overview

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 pre-requisite 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 student should recognize that the clinical rotation of the Surgical Technology program demands that attitude; work habits, communication skills and manual dexterity are developed and evaluated along with academic readiness.

Admissions

The application deadline will be in late Spring 2022. Specific program application and admission requirements can be found in the Admission Guide (will be released soon). 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 1000/ 1010, BIOL 1140, BIOL 1150, PSYC 2010 OR PSYC 2120, BIOL 1160, BIOL 1170, BIOL 2030, HESC 1110, and HESC 1010
  • Applicants must achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA in those courses. For more information regarding GPA requirements, see the current Admission Guide.
  • All courses in the Surgical Technology curriculum must be completed with a minimum grade of “C.”
  • Minimum 70% composite score 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).
  • Admissions into the Surgical Technology program is based on GPA and HESI scores. Seating is limited to 12 students. A student’s eligibility to apply is not a guarantee of acceptance into the Surgical Technology Program.

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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