Surgical Technology

  • Surgical Tech Student making an incision in a mannequin
  • Surgical Tech student practices handing instruments to the surgeon
  • Surgical Tech students get to work on their surgery simulation
  • Surgical Tech instructor gives direction during a simulation procedure
  • Surgical Tech Students preparing the surgical tray and instruments

Accredited programs provide classroom instruction as well as supervised clinical experiences. Required courses include Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Introduction, Fundamentals, Procedures, and Clinicals. Courses cover such topics as the care and safety of patients during surgery, proper aseptic techniques, and surgical care procedures. Students also learn how to sterilize instruments and handle special solutions, supplies, and equipment.


25400 US HI way, 19N. Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits Surgical Technology programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council ARC/STSA on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. The NCTC Surgical Technology program received initial Accreditation in January 2004 and was accredited again in 2017 from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARCSTSA).


Students may sit for the certification exam given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting by graduating from a CAAHEP accredited program. Once a passing score has been achieved, they may use then the designation Certified Surgical Technologist, or CST. As of 2009, according to Texas H.B. 643, certification is required for new grads seeking employment in the state of Texas.

Standard V.A.4. requires all CAAHEP accredited surgical technology and surgical assisting programs to publish Outcomes Assessment Examination (CST examination) pass rate data for the program's most recent reporting year, as reported on the program's most recently filed Annual Report.

The most recent Outcomes Assessment Examination (OAE) rates:

  • OAE Overall Pass Rate for NCTC Surgical Technology
    • 100% (2017 & 2018)
    • 94%   (2019)
    • 86%   (2020)
    • 100% (2021)
  • OAE Overall for Employment Rate
    • 100% (2017)
    • 79%   (2018)
    • 94%   (2019)
    • 93%   (2020)
    • TBA    (2021)

Clinical Case Requirements

The surgical technology program is required to verify through the surgical rotation documentation the students’ progression in the scrub role in surgical procedures of increased complexity and specialties as he/she moves toward entry-level graduate competency. The total number of cases the student must complete is 120.

Career Opportunities

The employment of surgical technologists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations at this time as the volume of surgery increases. Technological advances, such as fiber optics, laser technology and robotics, will permit new surgical procedures. Hospitals will continue to be the primary employer of surgical technologists, although much faster employment growth is expected in offices and clinics of physicians, including ambulatory surgical centers. Salaries for Surgical Technologists, in the state of Texas, range from $19.34 to $31.00 per hour, with the average rate in the state of Texas being $24.97 per hour (AST, 2020).

Barbara Quinlan
Department Assistant, Allied Health
(940) 668-3391

Bunyaporn "Bonnie" Toronjo, MBA, CST
Program Director
(940) 668-4281