Surgical Technology

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 to 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 on Certification in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) within a four-week period prior to or after graduation.

The Surgical Technology Curriculum offers two options “ a degree and a diploma program Completion of a diploma program from an accredited college will qualify students for entry into the Associate Degree program.‚  Certification in Surgical Technology is preferred but not mandatory.‚  Completion of the associate degree program is highly recommended as it prepares the graduate to be a practitioner with a broader knowledge base in the field of Surgical Technology.

Because the use of computers is integral to this curriculum, some courses are delivered in an online format.

For more information about Surgical Technology:
CAAHEP-Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
NBSTSA -National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
AST-Association of Surgical Technology
Accreditation & Program Outcomes

Unique Aspects

  • Surgical Technology students are able to gain experience with actual surgical equipment.
  • Students are able to use simulation devices with surgical equipment.
  • Students gain thorough knowledge of a variety of surgical procedures.
  • Students learn the importance of sterile technique and infection control in the operating room.
  • Students are exposed to a variety of medical and surgical facilities to maximize the learning experience.
  • Graduating students are eligible to take the National Certification Exam.

In addition to the academic focus, the clinical aspect is a unique aspect of the program. In the clinical setting, students learn to master skills necessary to be successful in their chosen field. The clinical rotations expose students to a wide variety of clinical experiences and potential employers.


In addition to tuition and books, students are responsible for extra costs for uniforms, supplies, medical exams, criminal background checks and drug screens, insurance, and travel.

Contact Information

General Health Sciences Admissions Questions

Jeannine Kenzel, Professor, ST Program Coordinator
161 Kennedy Hall
(910) 695-3838

Ron Schrein, ST Clinical Coordinator
162 Kennedy Hall
(910) 695-3918