Surgical Technology, Certificate of Proficiency

Forest Park

This program prepares students for entry-level positions as surgical technologists. Students learn aseptic technique, instrumentation, surgical procedures and patient care through classroom, laboratory practice and at a clinical affiliate. Students learn to assist the surgeon by passing instruments and sutures, holding retractors and cutting sutures.

Persons interested in this program should be able to work well with others in a team environment. They should have good manual dexterity, enjoy the operating room situation, and function effectively under intense and stressful situations.

This program is CAAHEP accredited and graduates are qualified to take the National Certification Exam offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354


The following courses must be completed prior to applying for the program.

MTH 030Elementary Algebra3
BIO 203General Microbiology I4
BIO 207Anatomy and Physiology I4

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. perform the tasks of an entry level surgical technologist.
  2. demonstrate skills necessary in specialty surgical procedures.
  3. explain anesthesia complications and interventions.
  4. practice independent clinical judgement.
  5. demonstrate knowledge of equipment, supplies, and instrumentation across multiple specialties.
  6. practice effective oral and written communication in the healthcare environment.
  7. complete the national board exam to become a Certified Surgical Technologist.

Required Courses

BIO 208Anatomy and Physiology II4
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
PSY 200General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
or SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)
ST 104Pharmacology for Surgical Technologists2
ST 105Fundamentals of Surgical Technology4
ST 108Introduction to Surgical Technology6
ST 109Principles of Operating Room Communication2
ST 110Surgical Procedures I4
ST 111Surgical Technology Clinical I8
ST 210Surgical Procedures II2
ST 211Surgical Technology Clinical II4
Total Credit Hours42