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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.

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, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1970, Chicago, IL 60601-2208, telephone 312-553-9355.

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

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

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

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. 

Gainful Employment Information:

See Surgical Technology Gainful Employment

Program Information

Specific Admission Requirements for Program
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Urine Drug Screening
  • Submit a Health Sciences Division Student Health Record Form indicating the candidate has the ability to perform the physical tasks required in the program
  • Proof of CPR certification for Health Care Providers
  • Completion of BIO 210, BIO 211 and BIO 225 with a minimum grade of "C"

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    
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