Jun 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog Volume XXX Ver 2 
2020-2021 Catalog Volume XXX Ver 2 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surgical Technology, AS (Asheville)

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The Associate of Science in Surgical Technology program requires successful completion of 95.5 total quarter credit hours; and, is designed to be completed in six quarters over 18 months by full-time students. The curriculum requires a variety of general education courses, as well as foundational courses in anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and microbiology for the Surgical Technologist.

Goals/Learning Outcomes

The goal of the South College Surgical Technology program is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Graduates of this program of study will:

  1. Demonstrate competency in the background information, content, and skills required for performance as a surgical technologist in the operating room;
  2. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with all members of the health care team in terms of staff and patient needs;
  3. Exhibit conduct that reflects practice standards that are legal, ethical, and safe.

Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program must:

  1. Be generally admitted to South College;
  2. Meet specific health and/or essential functions pertinent to the responsibilities performed by the Surgical Technologist;
  3. Complete five (5) hours of observation in a surgery suite as scheduled/approved by the Program Director.
  4. Students will be required to consent to a drug screening and background check prior to beginning clinical rotations. Failure to pass the screenings may disqualify a student as a candidate for admission.
  5. Clinical sites are dispersed; students may have to drive outside of the Asheville area for clinical rotations.

Students will be accepted on a conditional basis until all admission requirements are met. Readmission to the program is limited to one time on a space available basis.

The Associate of Science in Surgical Technology curriculum below is offered at the Asheville campus.

AS Surgical Technology Curriculum: 95.5 Credits

Area I - Core Curriculum: 43.5 Credits


Computer Literacy


  • Approved Humanities Elective Credits: 4.5


Personal Development

Social Science

  • Approved Social Science Elective Credits: 4.5

Written Communication

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