Keys to Success
Surgical technology students should be extremely organized, detail-oriented, and motivated to protect patient health and safety. You will also need the ability to stand for 8 or more hours at a time to assist with long procedures or multiple surgeries in one day.
The instructors in the Certificate in Surgical Technology program are available for tutoring and skills review several days each week for any help that you need. The Surgical Technology lab is open 5 days a week at various times so you can practice the skills you’re learning. Once you’ve completed the program, South College provides free access to an online study guide for the Surgical Technology certification exam and pays for your first attempt at the exam, which can be taken on campus.
Accreditation or Approval
The Certificate in Surgical Technology program offered at the Asheville campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org),(25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350), based upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA). Accreditation was granted in 2009 for 10 years with the next review anticipated in 2019.
The application and self-study for the Associate of Science in Surgical Technology program offered at the Knoxville campus to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org),(25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350) is being prepared for submission. As required by the accrediting agency, submission must be made four months prior to the institutional visit which is anticipated in fall 2020. The results of the visit will then be acted on by the agency in 2021. Accreditation must be awarded to the program prior to graduates being able to attempt the required certification examination to practice as a Surgical Technologist.