Surgical Technology Program

Gainesville Campus

The Surgical Technology program is a one-year certificate program that prepares the student to assume the responsibilities of a Surgical Technologist. Surgical Technologists participate in all aspects of preparing and monitoring instruments and procedures in the sterile operating room environment. The courses are taught in the classroom, the Surgical Technology lab, and at clinical sites throughout the NCTC service area.

The program is nationally accredited by the:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 N
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone (727) 210-2350
Fax (727) 210-2354

The oversight of which is by the:

Accreditation Review Counsel on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA)
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone (303) 694-9262
Fax (303) 741-3655

Surgical Technologists may obtain professional certification from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) by graduating from a CAAHEP-accredited program and passing a national certification examination. They may then use the designation Certified Surgical Technologist, or CST.

The NCTC Surgical Technology program runs August to August and can only accept 24 students a year. Students are required to complete prerequisites; BIOL 2401 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I) and BIOL 2402 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II). As a certificate program, passing the college entrance exam (TSI) is not required.


Criminal background checks and drug screens will be conducted on all students and may disqualify individuals from the program. Titer evidence of immunity to Hepatitis B and communicable diseases according to CDC guidelines is required. American Heart Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification is required. A physical exam by private physician is required. Documentation of personal health insurance is required. Attendance at class and clinicals is required. NCTC Allied Health programs have a non-tobacco policy.

Program Costs

Cost of the Surgical Technology program is figured the same as degree seeking students. However, the Surgical Technology student can expect to pay additional costs for being in a Health Science Program, such as uniform costs, laboratory fees, physical, immunizations, health insurance, background checks, drug screening and CPR training. Textbooks for the course are purchased in the first semester of study for the entire program, and they are estimated at $375. Estimated costs for the program is between $5,500 to $6,500.

Admission Process

  1. Register for and attend a Surgical Technology Program information session. These are held in the spring at various times on an NCTC Campus. The schedule is on the NCTC website and registration can be done via e-mail or phone.
  2. At the information session, apply to the Surgical Technology program and receive permission to take the admission test. Pay for the test at the NCTC Business Office and take the receipt to the test site on the test date.
  3. Complete the admission process into North Central Texas College. The applicant must have earned either a high school diploma or a GED (General Equivalency Diploma). If one has attended college before, official transcripts from each college attended are required. If one has not attended college before, high school transcripts or GED scores are required. Other requirements may apply to international students.
  4. Contact the Financial Aid Department and fill out a FAFSA form if needed.
  5. Sit for the admission test on the designated date.
  6. Admission is offered in rank order of the admission exam composite scores. The program attempts to start with 24 students, but no alternates are admitted after the course begins.
  7. The student must be at least 18 years old the first day of class.
The overall program goal is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The curriculum uses the three areas of learning acquisition arranged in a hierarchy of simple to complex

Programmatic Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify the physical, interpersonal, and ethical aspects of the perioperative environment
  • Discuss basic concepts of surgical pharmacology and anesthesia
  • Identify basic concepts of technological sciences
  • Demonstrate patient care concepts

Modality of Program

The Surgical Technology classes are face to face and online.

NOTICE: The Surgical Technology Program reserves the right to change the curriculum and program requirements as deemed necessary for maintenance of high quality education.