Surgical Technology Specialist Certificate

TCC's Surgical Technology Specialist Certificate program prepares students to become a certified surgical technologists (CSTs) that works under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate safe and effective surgical care for patients. Upon successful program accreditation, graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

This is a limited-access and limited enrollment program. See all Healthcare Program requirements.

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Overview / Requirements

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Overview/Requirements


Program Purpose:
To prepare students to become certified surgical technologists (CSTs). Surgical technologists are part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. Surgical technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly and that the procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique, which they combine with knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and instruments and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

Upon successful program accreditation, graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Program Length:
49 credit hours

Admission Requirements:
Applicant must have earned a standard high school diploma or GED diploma.

Applicant must be college-ready, which means the applicant does not need developmental education courses in English, reading and/or mathematics. This requirement may be satisfied by one or more of the following options:

  • The Florida Statute on Developmental Education exemption
  • Adequate placement scores from the Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) or other college placement scores accepted by TCC
  • Completion of developmental education courses
  • Completion of at least ENC1101 College Composition   and a Mathematics State Core   course

Prior to submitting the application for admission, students must complete (specified portions of) the Health Education Systems, Inc. Admission Assessment (HESI A2), specifically, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary.

Program Application:
The Amy Lynette Bailey Surgical Technology program accepts students for each Fall and Spring semester. This is a limited-access program with a limited number of seats per class.

Applicants must submit a TCC admission application (www.tcc.fl.edu/apply ) and a separate healthcare program application . Applicants may access the healthcare program application through their TCC Passport account.

See Additional Healthcare Program Requirements   for important information.

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Academic Division:
Healthcare Professions, Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education

Contact:
(850) 558-4500 or healthedu@tcc.fl.edu

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Note: Students who wish to earn an A.S. degree in this field may complete the general education requirements listed for Health Science, A.S. (2161)   either before or after they take the required surgical technology courses.

Tallahassee Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Click here for more information.