Surgical Technology

Are you fascinated with the operating room and surgery? Consider becoming a surgical technologist.

The goal of the surgical technology program at GTCC is to provide students the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as entry-level surgical technologists and become contributing members of the health care team.

The skills required to be surgical technologist, according to the Association of Surgical Technologists, include:

  • Preparing the operating room, including the sterile field, and set up surgical equipment, supplies and solutions.
  • Pass instruments, fluids, and supplies to the surgeon during surgery and prepare and manage surgical equipment.
  • Simultaneously manage the sterile field and specimens.
  • Perform a count of sponges and supplies to prevent foreign retained objects.

Upon completion of the surgical technology program at GTCC, graduates are eligible to take the National Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

This will be accomplished by preparing competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains, and meeting or exceeding the criteria set forth in the current CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology and the 7th edition of the Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology.

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).

Admissions Information

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 Associate in Applied Science degree.

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

John Ratliff, Program Director

Lori Hicks, Instructor

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.

The CST™ credential is awarded by the NBSTSA (National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting).
Program Accreditation Reporting Year CSTTM National Certification Exam Job Placement Employer Satisfaction Student Satisfaction
2022 (8/1/20 - 7/31/21) 100% 100% 100% 100%

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 Associate in Applied Science degree 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.