Nov 26, 2022  
2020-2022 Catalog Volume XXX Ver 3 
2020-2022 Catalog Volume XXX Ver 3

Surgical Technology, AS (Asheville & Knoxville)

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.

Programmatic Accreditation

The Associate of Science in Surgical Technology program offered at the Asheville and Knoxville campuses are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (AR/STSA) 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709 Seminole, FL 33775, 727-210-2350).

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. Successfully complete STE 1100 Patient Care Concepts I  and STE 1101 Patient Care Concepts I Lab  courses. 
  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 Knoxville 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 program curriculum below is offered at the Asheville and Knoxville campuses.

AS Surgical Technology Curriculum: 95.5 Credits