Surgical Technology

The Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the delivery of surgical patient care. The operating room will give you the opportunity to work as a member of a professional surgical team. As a surgical technologist you are always using the newest technology to enhance surgical patient care. The operating room is a unique and exciting place to work!

Course work includes instruction in general studies, anatomy & physiology, microbiology, surgical technology courses, and clinical practice. A combination of theory, laboratory, and clinical experiences prepare students for an entry-level surgical technology position.

Click here for a complete curriculum description and outline of required coursework.

Upon graduation, students will have the necessary cognitive, psychomotor, and professional knowledge to be successful. Graduates are eligible to take the National Surgical Technology Certificate Exam. Career opportunities for graduates include, but are not limited to, hospital main operating room, physician’s office, central sterile department, and medical salesperson.

CST Pass Rates

 Year CST Pass Rate for Coastal Carolina Community College
2015 100%
 2016  100%
 2017 90%
2018 100%
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What is the average salary for an entry-level surgical technologist?
$30,000 to $34,000

Do I need any college courses before I can complete a surgical technology application?
No you do not need any college courses.

How long is the Surgical Technology Program?
One year.

If I move will I need to renew my Surgical Technology Certification?
No, the certification is recognized nation-wide.

Is there a high demand for Surgical Technologists?
Yes. According to the Department of Labor, employment of surgical technologists is expected to increase 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Item Estimated Cost
Books $1700
Hepatitis B Vaccine Series & Titer 400
MMR Titer 210
Varicella Titer 210
Physical exam 125
Eye exam 84
Dental exam 85
White pants / black top / black cover jacket 100
Class patches (2) 6
Labcoat 40
Name pins (2) 10
Scrub top and pants -ceil blue (2) 80
Drug screen (2) 70
PPD skin test 50
Criminal background check 40 – 300
Influenza (Flu Shot) 40
Td booster within 10 years 50
AST membership 45
Nursing shoes (2 pair) 100
Application for certification exam fee 200
Liability Malpractice Insurance 16

Association of Surgical Technologist (AST)

Certification: Nation Board of Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting

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