Surgical Technology

Under the supervision of a surgeon, surgical technologists assist in the set-up of an operating room with sterile instruments, equipment and linens. During surgery, they are responsible for maintaining the sterile field and passing instruments, sutures and sponges. The surgical technologist may assist the circulator with patient care and clean and stock rooms after the surgical procedure. 

Greenville Technical College's Surgical Technology curriculum combines classroom instruction with hands-on experience, gained in a realistic, state-of-the-art simulated operating room.

A career you can count on

Surgical technologists may work independently or through a medical personnel agency.

  • Most surgical technologists work in the operating and delivery rooms of hospitals.
  • Other opportunities exist in clinics and surgical centers, as well as in the offices of physicians and dentists who may specialize in a specific surgical procedure. 

Additional information about a career in surgical technology is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and is a good national overview of the profession.

Learn about real-time job openings and salary information through Career Coach.

What you’ll learn in the program

Students in the Surgical Technology program will learn:

  • Instrument identification and functions
  • Proper instrument handling and methods of sterilization
  • Identification of body systems and how they work together
  • Surgical procedures and responsibilities

Accreditation and certification

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).


Students who successfully complete Greenville Technical College's Surgical Technology 15-month diploma program are eligible to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Exam and upon passing will become certified surgical technologists. The last eight graduating classes of Greenville Technical College’s Surgical Technology program have had a 100% pass rate on this exam.

Students who successfully complete the Sterile Processing certificate program along with 400 hands-on hours in a sterile processing department with documentation are eligible to sit for the Certified Sterile Technician Certification Exam through the International Association of Health Care Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM), and upon passing would become Certified Registered Central Sterile Technicians (CRCST).


Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.

Program details and courses

Surgical Technology
Diploma in Applied Science

  • This program prepares students to pass instruments, sutures, and sponges and to assist in surgery.
  • Students are admitted in the Fall Semester.
  • Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Exam(see Accreditation and Certification section).

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Sterile Processing Technology
Certificate in Applied Science

  • This program teaches students to prepare instruments/packages for processing, decontamination, ultrasonic cleaner disinfection, sterilization, and distribution.
  • Students are admitted in the Fall Semester.
  • Students who successfully complete the program along with 400 hands-on hours in a sterile processing department with documentation are eligible to sit for the Certified Sterile Technician Certification Exam (see Accreditation and Certification section).

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Surg Tech Program Requirements

In addition to Greenville Technical College admissions process, outlined in these Enrollment Steps, students interested in a program in the Health and Wellness Division must also successfully complete the following:


Career Talk
Participating in a Career Talk session for your program is a requirement for all Health and Wellness Division students. Click here for the Career Talk monthly schedule.


Division Policies
The Surgical Technology program strictly adheres to all the Health and Wellness Division policies, which are detailed on the division admissions information page.


Supplemental Admission Process
Students interested in the Surgical Technology Diploma program must complete the Weighted Admission Form for the program. Forms may be submitted for Fall Enrollment from February 1 through May 15 only.

Surgical Technology Admissions Form 

Surgical Technology program applicants are required to complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS® V) prior to submitting a weighted admission form for program admission. Scores from the TEAS test will be used in the point calculations on the Weighted Admission form. Please see full details in the TEAS Information Sheet (pdf).

Mission/Outcomes/Manuals

Program Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Applied Science in Surgical Technology, graduate will:

Student O1: demonstrate a knowledge base in surgical technology necessary to function as an entry level graduate.

Student O2: demonstrate professional behavior related to judgment, attitude, teamwork, and communication.

Student O3: demonstrate competency in surgical technology practices.

Program Outcomes: The Surgical Technology program will:

Program O4: prepare competent entry-level technologist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Program O5: provide opportunities/resources to equip students with skills required to become gainfully employed as an CST.

Surg Tech Student Handbook (pdf)

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, we encourage you to review our gainful employment disclosure information for Surgical Technology.