Surgical Technology

If you are fascinated with the operating room and surgery, you may be interested in becoming a Surgical Technologist. As a member of the surgical team, the Surgical Technologist prepares supplies, equipment, and instruments for the operation; prepares patients for surgery; maintains aseptic conditions; and assists the surgeon during the operation. 

Please Note

Beginning Fall 2020, the diploma will no longer be offered and the AAS coursework will change. Please review the 2020 SUR Admission Packet for changes.

The GTCC Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). The GTCC Surgical Technology program has a program retention average of 72.2% for 2012-2016 and a job placement average of 94% for 2011-2015. 

ARC/STSA 
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite # 110
Littleton, CO 80120 
Phone: 303-694-9262
FAX: 303-741-3655
info@arcstsa.org

CAAHEP
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Credentialing Options

Career Opportunities

Surgical Technology

Frequently Asked Questions

The Surgical Technology program has a selective admission process with a limited enrollment of 36 students for the Diploma Program. After completing the Diploma, students may choose to continue with the Associate in Applied Science Degree requirements.

Before considering applying to the program, please review the Surgical Technology Essential Functions PDF.

Students interested in applying to this program must follow guidelines on our Limited Entry Programs page.

Katrina Dillard is the Program Director and full-time faculty for the Surgical Technology Program.  She is assisted by a number of part-time adjunct faculty members.

Financial aid is available if you qualify. Please visit the Financial Aid web page or contact the Financial Aid office at 336-334-4822 Option 3.

Accepted students will receive a letter acknowledging their acceptance in the program with additional information about an orientation session prior to the start of classes. At the orientation, students will receive information on health requirements, background/drug screening, clinical requirements, etc. 

Students who are not accepted may want to apply for the next admission of the same program. A Limited Entry Admission advisor can assist the student with how to improve ranking or in selection another program to consider.

Students will begin having clinical experiences in area surgical centers and hospitals in the second semester of the program. They will spend 21 hours per week, three days a week, assisting with surgery under the supervision of agency staff and/or GTCC faculty. 

Tuition Rates and Fees (All tuition fees are subject to change)
In-State Tuition Credit Hours Out-of-State Tuition
$76.00 1 $268.00
$152.00 2 $536.00
$228.00 3 $804.00
$304.00 4 $1,072.00
$380.00 5 $1,340.00
$456.00 6 $1,608.00
$532.00 7 $1,876.00
$608.00 8 $2,144.00
$684.00 9 $2,412.00
$760.00 10 $2,680.00
$836.00 11 $2,948.00
$912.00 12 $3,216.00
$988.00 13 $3,484.00
$1,064.00 14 $3,752.00
$1,140.00 15 $4,020.00
$1,216.00 16 or more $4,288.00

The tuition rates listed above do not include student fees.

Student Fees

Student Activity Fee
Credit Hours Fee
1 to 11 credit hours $15.00
12 or more credit hours $26.25

(Assessed each fall and spring semester)

Campus Access, Parking, Security Fee 
Credit Hours Fee
1 to 11 credit hours $25.00
12 or more credit hours $50.00

(Assessed each fall, spring and summer semester)

Computer Use and Technology Fee
Credit Hours Fee
1 to 11 credit hours $10.00
12 or more credit hours $16.00

(Assessed each fall, spring and summer semester)

Student Accident Insurance
Semester Fee
Fall $3.30
Spring $3.30
Summer $1.20

(Per curriculum student)

Malpractice Insurance
Timeframe Fee
Per semester $8.50
Per year $17.00

(Assessed in specific programs)

Additional Expenses
Item Fee
Scrubs $30.00
CST Exam $247.00

The student who successfully completes the diploma is eligible to take the CST (Certified Surgical Technologist) exam. The certification, while not required by all healthcare agencies, may open additional employment opportunities for graduates.

Person completing this form:  Kathy Phillips

Extension:  50351

Email:  kkphillips@gtcc.edu