2021-2022 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    May 26, 2024  
2021-2022 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surgical Technology

*Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Telephone: 727.210.2350

19751 E. Mainstreet, Suite 339
Parker, CO 80138
Telephone: 303.694.9262

The Surgical Technology program prepares students for a career as a member of a surgical team in the operating room under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. Special emphasis is placed upon the skills involved in scrubbing and circulating duties during surgical procedures and in the preparation and maintenance of sterile and non-sterile supplies. Surgical Technology training is delivered through a combination of classroom instruction (Didactic and Psychomotor skills) and a clinical experience. Upon successful completion of the courses, students are eligible to sit for the National Certifying Examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

* See Addendum - Academic Programs  

General Education Requirements

Note: All courses must be from the Approved Courses for General Education  courses for each category listed in the General Education section of this catalog.

Admission, Retention, and Graduation Requirements

Admission Requirements (General)

A student desiring to pursue an associate of applied science degree in Surgical Technology must:

  1. Apply, meet the general admission requirements and be accepted by Northeast State Community College.
  2. Indicate Surgical Technology as the desired major on the Northeast State application form.
  3. See a faculty advisor from the Health Professions area prior to registering for classes and obtain faculty approval to register.
  4. Complete all required learning support courses prior to making application for the Surgical Technology program.
  5. Complete BIOL 2230, BIOL 2010, BIOL 2020, ENGL 1010, HRPR 1000, ADMN 1306, MATH 1530, PSYC 1030, COMM 2025, and a humanities/fine arts elective prior to making application for the Surgical Technology program. A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all courses prior to admission. Biological science courses previously taken must have been completed within the last ten years.

Surgical Technology Program Application Requirements

A student who has completed the above referenced requirements and has maintained an overall 2.0 GPA, excluding remedial and developmental courses, must complete an application and follow any additional program admission guidelines.

Admission to the Surgical Technology Program

  1. Selection of each class will be made by the Surgical Technology Advisory Committee whose membership consists of:

a. Dean of Health Professions.

b. Program Director of the Surgical Technology program.

c. Representatives from the local communities of interest.

d. Vice President for Academic Affairs (ex officio).

  1. Students will be evaluated on overall GPA, grades earned in required sciences, prior education, and be interviewed by the Surgical Technology Advisory Committee. (Evaluation criteria will be made available to each student during the application and orientation process).
  2. Individuals selected will be notified in writing of acceptance into the program. Students notified of acceptance into the program must return the acceptance form, by the date specified, indicating intent to be included in the class. Students who do not respond will have their positions filled by other applicants selected by the Surgical Technology Advisory Committee.
  3. Students not selected for admission may reapply for a subsequent class.
  4. Transfer students - Individuals who have attended other colleges and desire to transfer into the Northeast State Surgical Technology program will be considered on an individual basis. Transfer requests should be directed to the Dean of Health Professions. Transfer students must meet the same standards and criteria as others desiring to pursue an associate of applied science degree in Surgical Technology at Northeast State Community College.

Readmission Policies

A student who has been dismissed or has withdrawn from the Surgical Technology program may be readmitted. The following apply:

  1. Only one readmission to the Surgical Technology program is permitted. This readmission must occur within a one year time frame.
  2. A student must apply to the Surgical Technology Program Director for readmission at least one semester before the desired date of return.
  3. A student must request readmission in writing and appear before the Surgical Technology Advisory Committee.
  4. A student who fails to maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA may be considered for readmission only after removing all grades of less than a “C” in all required general education courses.
  5. A student repeating a Surgical Technology course must repeat both the theory and clinical components of the course.
  6. A student may be readmitted only if space is available.


To remain in good standing once admitted to the Surgical Technology program, the student must:

  1. Adhere to all Northeast State, Surgical Technology program, department, and clinical affiliate policies.
  2. Maintain a grade of “C” or better in each Surgical Technology course.
  3. Satisfactorily complete the theory, clinical, and/or skills requirements of each Surgical Technology course. Failure in either segment will result in a grade of “F” for the entire course.
  4. Submit to the Surgical Technology Program Director written evidence, on the appropriate form, of a physical examination within the past six months showing the applicant is in good physical health and possesses no physical disabilities that would impede the applicant’s ability to fulfill the functions and responsibilities of the surgical technologist. Any limitations in the individual’s ability to perform adequately will require additional documentation.
  5. Exhibit safe clinical behavior.
  6. Demonstrate professional, ethical, and legal conduct.
  7. Purchase professional liability insurance ($1,000,000/$3,000,000).
  8. Maintain CPR certification.
  9. Sign a statement prior to admission indicating he/she is drug free and submit to a drug test if requested by the Dean of Health Professions at any time during the program. A positive drug test is grounds for immediate dismissal.
  10. Students must comply with policies of clinical affiliates concerning criminal background checks and must assume associated costs.


Program graduation requirements include the successful completion of all courses with a minimum grade of “C” in each course.

Learning Support

Additional courses may be required to overcome deficiencies in English, mathematics, and reading.

Surgical Technology program is a selective admission program. Completing the general education requirements does not guarantee admission.

Semester III - Summer

Total Credit Hours: 60

For Further Information

Jeff D. Coalson, CST
Program Director/Instructor
Telephone: 423.279.3681
Fax: 423.245.5930
E-mail: jdcoalson@NortheastState.edu


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