A surgical technologist assists the surgeon and assistants by passing instrumentation and supplies during surgical procedures. Surgical technologists work with other surgical personnel to prepare the operating room for a variety of surgical cases. A surgical technologist may be employed in the surgical department of hospitals and outpatient surgery centers. The program provides a hands-on lab surgery and four semesters of clinical experience to enable students to gain essential surgical skills. Students will be prepared to take the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Examination. The program is fully accredited by the:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354

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Program Admission Requirements

Application may be submitted to the Health Careers Enrollment Center after meeting the below requirements. Deadline to apply is May 31st.

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Complete ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I with “C” or higher.
  • MATH-0955 Beginning Algebra  or appropriate score on Math Placement Test to enroll in MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics.
  • Complete the following :
    MA-1020Medical Terminology I3
    BIO-2331Anatomy and Physiology I (or BIO-2330) 14
    SURT-1000Survey of Surgical Technology1
  • Time limit on admissions requirements prior to application is seven years (see below).
  • GPA required: 2.5 admissions requirements; 2.5 overall.

To be eligible to enroll in BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I students must either achieve the appropriate placement score on Biology placement test or complete BIO-1100 Introduction to Biological Chemistry with "C" or higher or complete BIO-1500 Principles of Biology I with "C" or higher or complete CHEM-1010 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry and CHEM-1020 Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry with "C" or higher.

Other Information

  • Fourteen students accepted per year (contingent upon available clinical sites)
  • All admission requirements (except ENG-1010 College Composition I and MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics) must have been completed within the past seven years, and may only be repeated once to improve a grade.
  • Upon acceptance to the program and prior to a clinical assignment, students must submit evidence of good health, personal healthcare insurance coverage, and certification in CPR.
  • Accepted candidates will be required to attend a student orientation session after acceptance into the program.
  • Program only starts in the Fall Semester. Students are strongly encouraged to take BIO-2341 Anatomy and Physiology II and BIO-2500 Microbiology and may take any of the GERS and Program Requirements (other than the “SURT” courses) while waiting.
  • Non-native English speaking applicants:  Admission into Cuyahoga Community College is premised on a complete and accurate initial application to the College, including, if applicable, proof of English Language Proficiency Requirements for admission as indicated on the English Language Proficiency Requirements for Admissions to the College, and available on the web at: http://www.tri-c.edu/get-started/international-students/english-language-proficiency-requirements-for-admission.html
    To be accepted into any selective admission programs, students must successfully complete English as a Second Language (ESL) course/s, as referenced above,  if deemed necessary by the College at the time of enrollment.  Admission is conditioned upon achieving the necessary grade point average (GPA), English language proficiency requirements and any specific pre-requisite courses, and by meeting program accreditation or licensing requirements as evidenced in the Program Handbook for the specific program.
  • Criminal background check required.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Apply principles of aseptic technique in the O.R. setting according to AST guidelines.
  2. Demonstrate competence in skills required during the peri-operative event to insure the clients and staff’s safety and optimal surgical outcome.
  3. Demonstrate professional conduct according to the AST Code of Ethics and departmental policies.
  4. Apply knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Medical Terminology within the surgical environment.
  5. Effectively communicate with the O.R. team members during the peri-operative event according to the facility’s policies and procedures and surgeons’ preferences.
  6. Prepare graduates for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Examination.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Program Admissions Requirements SemesterCredit Hours
BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MA-1020 Medical Terminology I 3
SURT-1000 Survey of Surgical Technology 1
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
 Credit Hours11
First Semester
BIO-2341 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
HTEC-1610 Introduction to Pharmacology 2
SURT-1300 Introduction to Surgery 5
SURT-130L Surgery Lab 2
 Credit Hours13
Second Semester
BIO-2500 Microbiology 4
SURT-1330 General Surgery 5
SURT-1911 Clinical Experience I 3
 Credit Hours12
Summer Session
SURT-1921 Clinical Experience II 2
 Credit Hours2
Third Semester
MA-2010 Medical Terminology II 2
MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics (or higher) 3
SURT-2300 Surgical Specialties 5
SURT-2851 Clinical Experience III 3
 Credit Hours13
Fourth Semester
PHIL-2050 Bioethics 3
SURT-2862 Clinical Experience IV 4
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Honors Speech Communication
 Credit Hours10
 Total Credit Hours61

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.