Surgical Technology

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.

Courses you'll take

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. Students must complete a minimum of 120 scrubbed surgical cases to achieve completion of the program in compliance with the Core Curriculum of Surgical Technology, preparing for entry-level Surgical Technologists upon graduation.

What you'll gain

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



Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills with consumers and coworkers in the role of surgical technologist.
  2. Use critical thinking to recognize, analyze, and solve problems related to surgical procedures.
  3. Understand and use policies and manuals related to surgical procedures.
  4. Use current technologies in the implementation of administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures.
  5. Demonstrate competency in the knowledge and skills required for entry-level surgical technologist.
  6. Display professionalism by projecting a positive attitude, working as a team member, showing initiative and responsibility, and displaying sensitivity to cultural diversity.
  7. Practice in a legal and ethical manner.


Davidson County Community College's Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 727-210-2350

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of a surgical technology. These technical standards are published in the application for admission to health programs and the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements: 

The Surgical Technology program admits students every other year in the fall semester.

Applicants for admission to the Surgical Technology program must:

  1. Complete a DCCC Application for Admission for those not currently enrolled at DCCC.
  2. Complete and submit a Surgical Technology Enrollment Packet.
  3. Submit a High school transcript OR GED score report (High school seniors should submit a current transcript by the deadline).
  4. Submit an OFFICIAL college transcripts from colleges attended. All transcripts are not required, only those in which you plan to transfer credit must be submitted. College transcripts must arrive in original sealed envelopes. Faxed, copied, and on -line transcripts are not acceptable
  5. Placement scores meeting Allied Health placement requirements (or approved equivalent) in the areas of computer skills, sentence skills, reading comprehension, arithmetic and algebra
  6. Allied Health Intent Form submitted to admissions.
  7. Eligibility Review – After completing the requirements above, you are responsible for scheduling an Eligibility Review appointment with your Enrollment Advisor.    

NOTE: Meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee placement into the Surgical Technology program. 

Transfer Credit for Surgical Technology Courses

The decision regarding transfer credit for Surgical Technology courses is made by the Director of the program in consultation with members of the faculty and the Associate Dean. Syllabi for courses for which credit is requested will be required.

Progression Requirements

A student must meet all prerequisite and corequisite SUR course requirements with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress in the program.

Criminal Background Check, Urine Drug Screen, and Immunization Requirements for SUR Students

A criminal background check, urine drug screen, and up-to-date immunizations arer equired by clinical sites prior to participation in the clinical component. If any clinical facility denies a student’s participation in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program. For SUR students to place an order for a criminal background check, urine drug screen, and immunization tracking services, please visit Castlebranch for Background Check, Drug Screening and Immunization Tracking and select the Surgical Technology package selection.