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Louisiana Technical College

Surgical Technology

CIP 510909
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

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Program Description

The Surgical Technology Program at Louisiana Technical College is an Associate of Applied Sciences degree program. Successful completion of the course of studies meets the qualifying standards required to take the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technologists. The certifying exam is written and administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Certified Surgical Technologists (CST) are integral members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesia providers, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel delivering patient care before, during, and after surgery. Their primary responsibility is maintaining the sterile field. The CST handles the instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. CST have an understanding of the procedure being performed, anticipate the needs of the surgeon and have the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure.

The student should recognize that the clinical rotation of the Surgical Technology program demands that attitude; work habits, communication skills and manual dexterity are developed and evaluated along with academic readiness.

CPTR 1000 and ORNT 1000 are pre-requisites for entrance into the surgical technology program. HNUR 1211, HNUR 1300, and HNUR 1351 are entry level courses that must be completed with an 80% minimum for progression into the clinical portion of the surgical technology program. General education courses including MATH 1015, ENGL 1015, SPCH 1015, PHSC 1015 and PSYC 2015 should be completed prior to enrollment into the required surgical technology courses. Some courses have prerequisites, which must be successfully completed before enrolling into upper level courses.

Program Mission

The mission of the Surgical Technology Program is to provide a learning environment and experiences in both didactic and clinical training that reflects occupational trends and meets the needs of the region.  The profession of surgical technology is service oriented and requires trained, disciplined personnel.  The training is designed to allow the students to acquire competent knowledge of the skills to render them competitive in the job market.  The curriculum encourages the student to be self-directed in learning both during training and after completion.

There is no diploma exit for this program.  Applicants must have appropriate entrance placement test scores prior to admission.

Length of Program:

72 Semester Credit Hours

Education Requirements:

High School Diploma or GED

Placement Exam Scores: Spring 2008 Program Placement Score Chart (PDF)

Required Prior to Admission (Fall 07)

COMPASS Scores: Read 85; Math 55; Engl./Writ. 70
ACT Scores: Read. 20; Math 19; Engl./Writ. 18

Approximate Total Cost of Books and Supplies:

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Surgical Technologist Certification issued by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA)

Note:  Transferable General Education Courses needed to meet the requirements for the AAS are offered through a collaborative agreement with South Louisiana Community College (SLCC).

The objectives of the Surgical Technology program are to provide students with skill and knowledge that will enable them to:

  • Assist in maintaining a safe operating room environment.
  • Apply the principles of aseptic technique to establish a sterile field, perform specific surgical tasks, and disinfect and sterilize to provide safe surgical care.
  • Provide for safe preoperative and perioperative care under the supervision of professional personnel.
  • Perform the specific skills required for assisting with selected/assigned surgical procedures.
  • Develop entry-level employment skills for the various roles of the surgical technologist.
  • Meet the educational requirements necessary to take the certification examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technologist and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).
  • Meet the AAS educational requirements necessary for successful completion of transferable General Education course:   English, Math, Speech, Psychology, and Physical Science.

Programmatic Accreditation Information

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP)
35 E. Wackler Drive STE 1970
Chicago, IL 60610-2208





An application or re-application fee and a testing fee per component are charged for each Application for Admission submitted.

Tuition is paid by the semester. (SEE - Tuition and Fees) Students are also required to purchase books and supplies separately. Contact your host campus for a complete projected cost of this program.

The college accepts cash, personal and company checks, MasterCard or Visa for all fees. A percentage of tuition and fees are refundable up to the tenth day of instruction. No refund will be made after the tenth day.