Are You A Match?
Would you enjoy working in health care
Would you like working as part of a team
to provide surgical care to patients?
Do you enjoy learning about how the
body is formed and how it works?
Would you like learning about
procedures to surgically repair or
correct physical abnormalities,
damages caused by disease and
physical trauma or injury?
The surgical technology program is a year-long (excluding core), full-time, day program offered on the
Surgical technologists are allied health professionals, who are an integral part of the team of medical
practitioners providing surgical care to patients. They are individuals with specialized education who
function as members of the surgical team in the role of scrub person.
Surgical technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct
of invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment
functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that
maximize patient safety.
Surgical technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and
combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and
technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
After graduation, you will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam offered through the National
Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting and become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)
which allows you to practice in any state.
Reference http://nbstsa.org for more details on national certification.
Opportunities: Surgical technologists may work in hospital surgical
suites, out-patient surgical clinics and surgeons’ offices.
Job Placement: 95-100% of MTC’s surgical technology graduates are
employed in field. Demand is currently exceeding supply.
Salary: The average starting hourly salary in our service area for an
entry-level surgical technologist is $12.00 – 13.00/hour. Most surgical
technologists will earn more by receiving on-call pay, call-back pay
Advancements in the Field: Varies depending on place of
employment. With additional education and training, some surgical
technologists function in the role of surgical first assistant.
Additional Program Requirements
Clinicals: Offered fall, spring and summer terms after completion of program
pre-requisites. Completed in area hospitals.
Pre-clinical requirements: Health screening including physical exam, lab work,
TB skin test, and various immunizations Students are also required to submit
to a random drug/alcohol screen and criminal background review. These
requirements are completed during fall term. Not covered by financial aid.
Note: the required tests/screens are valid for one year only.
Certification Fees: $190 - $290
Uniforms: $100-$150 - purchase by summer term. Not covered by financial
Travel expenses: Students will be required to use personal transportation to
clinical sites in addition to the daily travel to and from class.
How often we register?
You can register for core courses any term. The program courses begin every fall
What is the procedure to register each term?
Contact your program advisor through email or in person during new student
registration day or pre-registration week.
When should core courses be completed?
Prior to the beginning of program courses each summer term.
How long does it take to complete my core?
Minimum of 2 terms to complete all 6 courses (**reference program page to view
course descriptions for core courses.)
How long does it take to complete the program (minus core)?
1 year (begin fall, graduate summer)
Name of diploma/degree/etc Credit hours Offerings (online/day/evening)
Surgical Technology Diploma 62 day / online core
Central Sterile Technician Technical Certificate 32 day/ online core
One time application fee of $20
Once a year malpractice insurance fee $11
Late registration fees of $45
Fees, by term, as follows:
Tuition is based on $89 per credit hour
($1,335 for 15 hours or more)
Registration fee of $50
Activity fee of $24
Technology fee of $105
Insurance of $4
Special Instructional fee of $50
Check with financial aid concerning your financial support eligibility. Check our website for the most recent tuition costs
and general fee costs.
Prerequisite Course Fees
Each term you are registered as a student completing your
core for program admissions, you will be subject to the fees
listed on the Total Estimated Program Costs slide.
You will also be required to pay for books, equipment, and
supply fees that exceed your financial support from any
financial aid you receive.
Book/supplies prices will vary depending on courses registered
and on up-to-date publisher pricing.
Total Estimated Program Costs
Term Certifications/ Licenses
**the above costs are estimates and do no include the additional general fees listed on
the General Fees slide. Check with financial aid concerning your financial support
eligibility. These estimated fees are subject to change without prior notice.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I fail a course in the middle of the program? Do I have to start back from the
No. You have to wait one year until the course is offered again and exempt exams may be
required depending on where you left off in the curriculum.
Will I participate in “real” surgery during my clinical rotations?
Yes, you will scrub in for “real” surgery with “real” patients and “real” surgeons.
What if I don’t like the sight of blood and guts and/or find some body odors offensive?
Surgical technology may not be the career choice for you since participation in surgery will
expose you to blood, internal body organs, and unpleasant odors.
Do I have to work in a operating room upon graduation?
No. You can also seek employment in a out-patient surgical clinic, a surgeon’s office, and even
work as a medical company representative or surgical technology educator.
If I become certified does my certification cover me state to state?
Yes, the certification that is offered through the National Board of Surgical Technology and
Surgical Assisting is a national certification that is accepted in all states.
Sherry King, RN, CST, Program Director,
Campus/office #: Tifton Campus, Office #
Office hours: Posted outside instructor’s
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