Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology

Now is the time to pursue a career in healthcare. To get started, enroll at the college, then complete a program application using the instructions on this page. Program applications are currently being accepted by email only. Admissions Specialists are available to help you by phone or by email. Call 704.330.6284 or 704.330.6958 to schedule your personal phone appointment.

What You Will Learn

Surgeons are only as good as their supporting staff, which includes certified surgical technologists providing medical assistance in the operating room. Surgical technologists play an important role for surgeons because they oversee processes before, during, and after surgery in an operating room. The healthcare industry continues to seek experienced professionals equipped with the knowledge and skills to address the population's evolving medical needs. As a result, careers in fields like surgical technology continue to be an attractive career option for many of today's graduates. You have a calm nature and are an excellent communicator. You likely work well under pressure and are quick to help others out. Enroll in the surgical technology program at Central Piedmont and earn an Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology. 

The program goal of the surgical technology program at Central Piedmont Community College is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Certified surgical technologists oversee a variety of responsibilities before, during and after surgery, including preparing and sterilizing equipment, assisting surgeons, managing instruments and supplies during surgery, caring for surgical patients, and much more. In the surgical technology program, you will practice using appropriate instruments and equipment to prepare for surgery. You will learn the roles in assisting a surgeon, surgeon’s assistant, registered nurses, and other surgery personnel, including sterilization procedures, managing supplies, and providing patient care. Course, lab, and clinical work allow you to apply teamwork, moral, legal, and ethical concepts, and management techniques. Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • plan and prioritize the essential steps of a surgical procedure
  • practice effective written, oral, and electronic communication to clearly communicate patient and staff needs
  • define, recognize, and apply all the aspects of aseptic technique

Before graduation, you will take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certification Examination for surgical technologists. Certified surgical technologists find careers in labor, delivery, and emergency departments; inpatient and outpatient surgery centers; dialysis facilities; endoscopy centers; and physicians offices, among other settings.

Students in this program may be exposed to blood-borne pathogens and infectious diseases through the provision of clinical services. It is for this reason that students are provided instruction on infectious diseases, mechanisms of disease transmission, and infection control procedures to reduce the risk of disease transmission, including those published by national public health agencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information, please refer to our student OSHA hazardous communication standard (PDF) and student exposure classification bloodborne pathogens (PDF) forms.

Review the virtual information session

Why Choose Central Piedmont

Central Piedmont’s surgical technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). You will have the opportunity to join the Surgical Technology Club to network and develop comradery and to participate in the North Carolina Association of Surgical Technology’s annual Scrub Bowl. The competition prepares students for the national certification exam.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

The Details

  • Program Options

    Earn an Associate in Applied Science in surgical technology. The college catalog details the surgical technology program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements. If you would like information on opportunities to transfer associate degree credit to a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Resource Center.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer surgical technology course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Surgical Technology Program Requirements and Application

    The surgical technology program requires the completion of 69 credit hours completed full time. The curriculum includes general studies courses as well as program-specific courses. For detailed information on surgical technology course and program requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog. While awaiting your admissions decision, you are encouraged — but not required — to complete any general education course that is in the surgical technology curriculum, particularly anatomy (BIO 168 and BIO 169, BIO 168 at minimum). Completion of the general education courses can be done part-time, but once you begin surgical technology (SUR) courses you have two years to finish the program and will need to take classes full time.

    Please note that students in this field are at a higher risk than the general population for Hepatitis B. If admitted into the program, is to your advantage to start the vaccination process for Hepatitis B as soon as you learn of your acceptance. Medical history and documentation forms will be distributed at the orientation following acceptance. Any applicant who is aware that they are carriers of Hepatitis B or C or are HIV positive are required to advise the State Department of Human Resources regarding ability to have patient contact. Students accepted into this program will be required to read and sign a bloodborne pathogen Form and OSHA's hazard communication form at the mandatory orientation session for new students.

    All of our clinical facilities require a state and national criminal background investigation and drug screen of all students before they can be allowed into the clinical areas. All applicants are required to undergo a criminal background check and drug screen per clinical agency and healthcare system requirements. More information on how to complete these requirements will be provided upon acceptance. If you are refused access to clinical experiences because of a positive criminal background check or drug screen, you will be unable to complete the clinical component of the course. Inability to complete the clinical requirements will result in a failure to progress in the program. Under North Carolina law some people with criminal backgrounds may be eligible for an expunction to remove charges or convictions from their record. If you would like to know whether or not you are eligible, contact Central Piedmont's Single Stop at 704.330.2722, ext. 6435 or email to schedule a legal consultation. To learn more about expunctions, explore the NC Justice Center’s guide.

    We require that all students have a current CPR with AED certification before they can enter the hospitals. We also require certain immunizations and a physical assessment, and proof of health/medical insurance.

    Surgical Technology Program Application

    Applications are accepted at any time. However, students are admitted to the program twice a year for the fall and spring semester (to begin in August or January). Refer to the application packet for current deadline dates. This program is very competitive. While we receive many qualified applicants every year, we only admit 16 students with six alternates each fall and spring. There is no waiting list. Entry is based on a ranking of admission tests. Those students with the highest points will be admitted to the program. Students not admitted must reapply.  All applicants will receive a letter of notification indicating the status of their application. All admitted students must attend a mandatory orientation session in November for spring start and April for fall start.

  • Locations

    Central Campus

    General education courses may be taken at any campus. Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder. Hospital clinical experiences are done at facilities throughout Charlotte, Matthews, Huntersville, and many private surgical centers.

  • Course Delivery Methods

    • Classroom/Lab/Clinical
    • Combined (Classroom/Lab/Clinical and Online)

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm course delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

  • Surgical Technologist Careers

    The surgical technologist profession offers both variety in the workplace and competitive salaries. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach or the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed surgical technology career requirements and opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

  • Costs and Aid

    Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

    Surgical Technology Program Costs

    In addition to regular tuition and fees, there are laboratory fees assigned to courses with a lab/clinical component. Additional costs include textbooks, workbooks, medical fees for a physical exam, and drug screening and immunizations.

    Total estimated program costs (PDF document)

  • Review the Virtual Information Session

    Review the virtual information session. You'll be able to learn more about our program, the profession, and applying to the program. If you decide to apply, it is mandatory to watch the video and answer three questions to verify you attended.The virtual information session will prompt you to:

    1. Provide us with some basic contact information information about yourself so that we know you are interested in the program.
    2. Watch the video: the full video is approximately 40 minutes long and contains all of the information provided at an in-person information session.
    3. Answer three final questions about information provided in the video and select "Submit" so that we can credit you for attending once you apply.
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