2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Feb 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook

Surgical Technology (A45740), AAS

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The Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team. Students will apply theoretical knowledge to the care of patients undergoing surgery and develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations.

Employment opportunities include labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/ outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physicians’ offices, and central supply processing units.

Students of Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited programs are required to take the national certification exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) within a four week period prior to or after graduation.

Admission Requirements and Special Conditions

Admission into the Surgical Technology program is a competitive admission process. A minimum grade point average of 2.8 or higher is required in the general education courses.

Special Accreditation Status

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).


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Seminole, FL 33775
Phone (727) 210-2350
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General Requirements

  1. Detailed current information for interested applicants is located at www.robeson.edu/ academics[opens in a new tab].
  2. Students must be able to fulfill all essential functions as outlined in the health sciences admission policy .
  3. Admission to all RCC Health Science programs is a competitive process. Applicants are evaluated based upon the following factors: Academic performance, professional/academic references and academic degrees. Competitive applicants are expected to attend a Surgical Technology Information Session.
  4. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.8 or greater in the surgical technology general education courses by the published deadline date for submitting complete program checklists to the Admissions Office. Applicants not meeting the cumulative GPA requirements will not be reviewed by the program area for admission. For Surgical Technology program, the GPA calculation will be based upon grades earned in the following courses:

BIO 168 BIO 169 , ENG 111 , and PSY 150  

  1. Once an applicant has successfully satisfied required English, reading and mathematics entrance competencies, applicants are eligible to submit an application packet. The program checklist outlines the number of strategies applicants may follow to meet the required competencies.
  2. A competitive point system is used to evaluate health science program applications. Applicants earn points based upon academic performance, professional/academic references and academic degrees.
  3. All transcripts must be on file in the Admissions Office in order for a student to be considered for admission.
  4. Provisionally accepted students must submit to a criminal background check, drug screening and medical review/screen to include physical examination and immunizations. All fees associated with the criminal background check, drug screen and medical review will be the responsibility of the student.
  5. Provisionally accepted students previously enrolled in any other Surgical Technology programs must submit a letter from the Surgical Technology Program Director of the program.
  6. It is the student’s responsibility to review all program materials, including the surgical technology web site at www.robeson.edu/surgical [opens in a new tab] and to stay current with the program requirements, policies and procedures.
  7. Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification is a prerequisite to admission and must be maintained throughout the program.

Additional Curriculum Notes

Program Prerequisites:
Students admitted to the Surgical Technology Program must successfully complete the following course prior to enrolling in the first surgical technology class with a “C” or higher:
The Humanities/Fine Arts elective can be satisfied by completing one of the following: ART 111 , ENG 231 , ENG 232 , HUM 115 , MUS 110 , MUS 112 , PHI 215 , PHI 240 ,REL 211 , REL 212 . Students may not take an introductory foreign language to fulfill the Humanities/Fine Arts requirement.

Program Curriculum

Class Hours 15 | Lab Hours 9 | Credit Hours 18

Second Semester (Spring)

Class Hours 7 or 8 | Lab Hours 2 or 3 | Clinical Hours 21 | Credit Hours 16 or 17

Third Semester (Summer)

Class Hours 11 | Lab Hours 3 | Clinical Hours 12 | Credit Hours 16

Class Hours 11 | Lab 2 | Clinical Hours 6 | Credit Hours 14

Total Credit Hours 64 or 65

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