Level-Two Certificate Program (5211)  

Are you organized, pay attention to detail, enjoy a fast pace high-tech environment, with a take charge attitude and a team player? The field of Surgical Technology may be the allied health profession for you! The field of Surgical Technology is one of the fastest growing professions. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2008 Surgical Technology held approx. 91,500 jobs, primarily in hospitals. However the field is growing at an above average rate with employment reaching appox. 114,700 by 2018. That is a 25% increase in the workforce. Job opportunities are greater for those who are certified and those willing to relocate.

The field of Surgical Technology is not limited to just the Operating Room, other areas of employment include; Traveling, Veterinary Assistant, Medical Sales, Labor and Delivery, Day Surgery Centers, Sterile Processing Supervisor, Educator, Private Scrub, Surgical Assisting and many other job opportunities.

The Surgical Technology Director/Instructor has many years of valuable experience as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST); this enables the Director/Instructor to pass on real "life" experiences and knowledge to our students in the lab and classroom. Accredited by the Commission of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), this allows our students to apply to the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to write and pass the National Certification Exam. They may then use the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) designation.


To provide students with the best possible educational experience, both in the didactic portion and in the clinical field setting, in order to maximize either potential to become an entry-level Surgical Technologist.


Director/Instructor: Suzanna M. Miller, CST
Office: N-205
Phone: 409-944-1493

Surgical Technology courses are part of an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to provide educational experiences that are common to the surgical environment. The surgical technologist is an integral part of the surgical team who works closely with both nurses and surgeons to provide the best possible care for the surgical patient. The surgical technologist is responsible for assisting the surgeon during surgery by passing instruments and other equipment to him/her in the prescribed manner and maintaining sterility throughout the entire surgical procedure.

Program Outcomes

1. Verbalize and demonstrate the principle of sterile and aseptic techniques in the peri-operative
2. Provide insight to the physiological impact of surgical intervention on patients across life span.
3. Demonstrate teamwork among peri-operative caregivers to encourage cooperation for positive
    surgical outcomes.
4. Identify guidelines and standards for planning and implementing individualized care based on
   the setting and procedure.
5. Be accountable for the care and teaching provided to the patient and/or the family.
6. Communicate effectively with patients, families and staff to provide sharing of facts and
7. Maintain personal and professional standards that accurately and positively influence
    patient care.
8. Practice within the legal and ethical framework of Surgical Technology.
9. The role of the surgical technologist is to provide safe and effective care for the surgical
    patient before, during and after surgery.

Surgical Technology Admission Criteria

All prospective candidates who wish to be admitted to the Surgical Technology program should contact the Director at (409) 944-1493 or email
Applicants must:

1. Complete the requirements for admission to the College. Admission to the College does not
    guarantee admission to the Program.

· Requirements for the College include:

a. TSI scores for TSI-eligible students or placement scores for
    TSI-exempt students which permit enrollment in college
    level courses. Official TSI scores must appear on a
    transcript to be sent directly to Galveston College from the
    test company on an official test score report form.

2. Initiate the Program Checklist in the Admission’s office.

3. Continue the Program Checklist Process and Complete Program Degree Plan in the Counseling

· Degree plan must show evidence of:

a. Complete Math 0303 Introductory Algebra, by placement or course completion within
    five years prior to acceptance into the Program.
b. Satisfactory completion of HPRS 1206, Essentials of Medical Terminology.
c. Satisfactory completion of HITT 1211, Computers in Health Care or COSC 1301
    Microcomputer Applications.
d. An overall GPA of 2.0. Math and Sciences course must have been taken within five
    years prior to acceptance into the Program. SRGT 1491 and HPRS 2200 are highly
    recommended to be taken prior to starting the Program. Students may substitute
    BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402, or VNSG 1420 for SRGT 1491.

4. Submit Program Application to the Program Director.

· Program Applications are accepted beginning September 15th through April 15th of each
   year to be considered for the next Summer Semester. Applications that are submitted
   after the deadline will be reviewed at the discretion of the Selection Committee. Due to
   limited enrollment, we cannot accept every applicant. Applicants not admitted to the
   program must re-apply each year. Successful applicants will be notified by mail of
   acceptance to the program.

· Complete the following prior to enrollment:

a. Show proof of Hepatitis B immunization series or proof of illness including titer (takes
    seven months. to complete). To be eligible to apply to the program, student must
    show proof that the immunization process has been started. The process needs to
    be completed by the start of the program.
b. Complete Varicella vaccination (Chicken pox) or proof of illness by the start of the
c. Completion of Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertusussis), MMR (measles, mumps &
    rubella) immunizations by the start of the Program and TB skin (Tuberculin Test)
    test within six months of starting the Program.
d. Students must be certified in American Heart Health Care Provider level CPR at
    program entry and maintain certification throughout their course of study.
e. Complete Physical Exam within one year of starting the Program.
f.  Complete a background check through the college at students cost upon
    acceptance to Program.
g. Complete a clear drug screening test as directed by the Program.
h. Potential students may need to complete interview process or meet with Program
    Director upon request.
i.  Attend Mandatory Program Orientation.

Re-Admission Policies

Re-Admission policies relate to students who are admitted to the Surgical Technology Program, leave prior to completion and apply to return to the program. Re-admission is based upon an individual review of the student’s record and space availability. Students may re-enter the Program only one time if the reason for exit was failure of a course or courses in the program. Re-admission must be within one (1) year of leaving the program. Students desiring re-admission after one (1) year must complete the entire program.
The applicant must:

· Submit a written request to the coordinator of the respective program.
· Satisfactorily complete re-admission requirements identified at the time of exit.
· Meet Program Admission Criteria

Transfer Policy

Course work from another program will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Program Director. A grade of "C" or better is required on all transferred prerequisite, general education and program specific courses. Transfer students from another program will be admitted on a space-available basis.
Transfer students must:

1.  Complete admission requirements to Galveston College as well as the Program
     admission criteria.
2.  Submit course syllabi for review, if requested by program coordinator.
3.  Agree to complete a disclosure of information form.

Certification Requirements

Upon satisfactory completion of the Surgical Technology Program the student may sit for the National Certification Examination. The student must submit the application to the NBSTSA. Approved candidates will be provided with an authorization to test (ATT) number and a phone number and website address to contact the testing agency to schedule the date, time and location for testing. More information is available by contacting: NBSTSA, 6 West Dry Circle, Suite 100, Littleton, CO, 80120,

Liability Insurance

All students enrolled in the Surgical Technology Program will be required to purchase liability insurance. Students will be assessed an automatic charge at the time of registration for insurance coverage. Liability insurance fees are non-refundable. Students are covered by the insurance policy, not by the coverage or license of the faculty.

Surgical Technology Organizations

All students enrolled in the Surgical Technology program are encouraged to seek membership in the college, local, state and national Association of Surgical Technologist organization.

Pregnancy Policy

The disclosure of pregnancy is completely voluntary and it is the exclusive right of the student to declare herself as pregnant. If the student does choose to voluntarily inform program officials of her pregnancy, she must do so in writing.


Classroom instruction is presented at Galveston College, while clinical training is conducted at UTMB hospitals and a number of affiliated health care institutions. Upon completion of the program requirements, the graduate will receive a certificate of completion from Galveston College. The graduate then qualifies to apply for the national certification exam.

Surgical Technology - Certificate Program






HPRS 1206

Essentials of Medical Terminology*


MRMT 1211

Computers in Healthcare*


COSC 1301

Microcomputer Applications*





First Semester (Summer)





SRGT 1491

Special Topics (Human Anatomy)**


HPRS 2200

Pharmacology for Health Professionals (Surgical Technology)**


SRGT 1405

Introduction to Surgical Technology


SRGT 1509

Fundamentals of Peri-operative Concepts and Techniques


SRGT 1160

Beginning Clinical





Second Semester (Fall)





SRGT 1441

Surgical Procedures I


SRGT 1660

Intermediate Clinical


SRGT 1244

Technological Sciences for the Surgical Technologist





Third Semester (Spring)





SRGT 1442

Surgical Procedures II


SRGT 2660

Advanced Clinical


SRGT 2260

Specialty Clinical***


SRGT 2130

Professional Readiness










* Required Prerequisites
**SRGT 1491 and HPRS 2200 are highly recommended to be taken as prerequisites.
***Identifies Capstone Experience

Updated 1/27/2010 - Content Author ajolly