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Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology - Certificate

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The Surgical Technology certificate prepares skilled students to enter into the healthcare environment as surgical technologist. Graduates function under the supervision of surgeons and registered nurses, performing duties that are vital for surgical patient safety and care during operative procedures, such as preparing and maintaining sterile fields; passing instruments, sutures, and sponges; and functioning as a key part of the surgical team. Students are trained in aseptic techniques, medical-equipment nomenclature, and human anatomy for the operating room. HGTC's Surgical Technology program provides students with classroom study, laboratory practice, and clinical experience.

For more information about Health Science Admissions visit: www.hgtc.edu/healthscience.

For more information, contact: 
Erin Ivey - 843-477-2077

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health, Education Programs, 9355 113th St. N, #7709 Seminole, FL 33775. (p) 727-210-2350 (f) 727-210-2354.

For more information about HGTC's accreditations, click here.

Mission Statement
The Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s Surgical Technology Program is committed to supporting and implementing the mission statement of the College by:

  1. Providing quality educational programs that prepare competent surgical technology graduates for entry level employment in a variety of contemporary health care environments and thereby contribute to meeting health care needs and supporting economic progress of the diverse communities served.
  1. Promoting a student-centered learning environment that fosters the development of surgical technology professionals who demonstrate a commitment to safe, patient[1]centered care through effective clinical decisions, collaborative skills, and technological proficiency.
  1. Providing an educational foundation that inspires a commitment to life-long career education and professional growth.

To prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate clinical competency by functioning efficiently and effectively as a member of the surgical team in the scrub role.
  2. Demonstrate ability to communicate in a professional manner utilizing verbal and nonverbal communications skills.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in relation to anticipating the perioperative needs of the patient and surgeon.
Applicants to the Surgical Technology program should be aware a current, unrestricted license or certification may be required to practice in the state in which you intend to reside/practice. Each state is unique in its licensure requirements. Students are encouraged to reach out to the program chair for more information and assistance with understanding professional licensure.

Career Outlook

Supervised clinical practice in surgical environments prepares the student for entry-level positions in such areas as:

  • Hospital operating room departments
  • Obstetrical departments
  • Surgical supply and/or processing departments
  • Outpatient surgical centers
  • Surgeon office practices

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry-Georgetown Technical College's Office of Career Services for more employment resources. 

Program Information

Specific Admission Requirements for Program
Applicants will be accepted into the Surgical Technology program on a first qualified, first accepted basis. Once all requirements for admission into the program have been completed, the applicant will be offered a seat for the next available semester. 
  • Criminal Background Check (CBC) 30 days prior to students enrolling in the Surgical Technology Program. An applicant with an unfavorable CBC may result in student being removed from desired program. Clinical sites/facilities determine applicant's eligibility to participate in clinical studies based on their policies
  • Urine Drug Screening (UDS) 30 days prior to students enrolling in the Surgical Technology Program. An applicant with an unfavorable UDS may result in student being removed from desired program. Clinical sites/facilities determine applicant's eligibility to participate in clinical studies based on their policies. 
  • Submit a Health Sciences Division Student Health Record Form indicating the candidate has the ability to perform the physical tasks required in the program prior to the start of the final semester.
  • Proof of CPR certification for Health Care Providers
  • Completion of BIO 210, BIO 211 and BIO 225 with a minimum grade of "C"
  • Payment of a non-refundable tuition deposit.

Course Sequence and Progression Requirements
A minimum grade of "C" or better is required for all courses for progression and graduation. Students must pass a criminal background check and urine drug screening 30 days prior to starting clinical each semester.

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall Course Title Semester
Credit Hours
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3
SUR 101 Introduction to Surgical Technology 5
SUR 102 Applied Surgical Technology 5
  TOTAL 13
Second Semester - Spring    
SUR 103 Surgical Procedure 4
SUR 104 Surgical Procedures II 4
SUR 111 Basic Surgical Practicum 7
  TOTAL 15
Third Semester - Summer    
SUR 113 Advanced Practicum 6
SUR 120 Surgical Seminar 2

Total Credit Hours


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