About the Program
Upon completion of the Surgical Technology Program, you will be qualified to assist the surgical team during surgery. A surgical technologist may work as a surgical scrub person, passing instruments and surgical supplies to the surgeon, assist the RN circulating during the surgical procedure, or other areas within the operating room department. During your training you will learn theory, surgical procedures, instrumentation, aseptic technique, and surgical equipment and supplies. Through a clinical education course, you will receive valuable clinical experience in the operating suite of a local hospital. Upon completing your course work, you will be eligible to take the National Certification Examination.
The Surgical Technology Program is a two year Associate of Applied Science degree program starting in the fall semester. The Surgical Technology Program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Career Areas and Employment Opportunities
The Surgical Technology Program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). CAAHEP awards accreditation to ST and SA programs upon the recommendation of ARC/STSA.
The NBSTSA, National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, is the credentialing agency for Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants. This agency is a nationally recognized credentialing agency for both surgical specialties.
In the State of Texas, the national certification exam is the mandatory credential. To be eligible to take the National Certification examination a student must graduate from a CAAHEP accredited program. The most recent National Certification Pass Rate is 100%.
See National Board of Surgical Technology and Assisting or Association of Surgical Technologists for details. See also CAAHEP for further information or contact CAAHEP at 25400 US Highway 19N, Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida 33763 or phone at 727-210-2350.
The most recent National Certification Pass Rate is 100% for 2016 – 2017.
Students desiring to specialize in Surgical Technology must meet all previous admission requirements for acceptance to St. Philip's College and the Surgical Technology Program. These include the following:
- St. Philip's College Admissions
- Surgical Technology Program Admission Requirement Proof of Immunizations prior to clinical (mid September)
- Tuberculosis (TB) PPD current year of application
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis B series
- Diphtheria, Tetanus within 10 years
- Hepatitis A series
- Varicella (chicken pox)
- Current flu shot
- Criminal Background Check
- Drug Screening Test
- CPR Certification (AHA ONLY)
All students must also meet the following prerequisites by the start of the program with a grade of C or better.
Semester I (Prerequisites)
ENGL 1301 Composition I
MATH 1314 College Algebra
CHEM 1405 Introductory Chemistry I
Semester II (Prerequisites)
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I
BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy & Physiology
BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Allied Health Majors
The student applying to the Surgical Technology Program must complete an application form and be available for interview by the faculty. Criteria for selection is based on interview, application, essay, completed prerequisites, corequisites and GPA. Please see the Student Technical Standards listed below.
Applications are only being accepted for the fall program during the prior spring semester. Deadline for applications is June 1st.
The Surgical Technology Program is nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Refer to the admission section above for information on the selection process. The application deadline is June 1st of every year.
If you're interested in applying to the Surgical Technology Program at St. Philip's College, an information session is going to be held to provide you with an overview of the career of being a surgical technologist as well as information specifically about the program. Certificate of attendance will be provided. Information sessions will be 1 hour each. You only need to attend one (1) session. Check our college events calendar for Information Sessions.
Jessica Garza, CST, AAS/BS
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 330C