Length 1,330 Hours Admissions Contact
Jeromy Johnson | JOHNSONJER@pcsb.org
Course Information Jen Lowe - 727-893-2500, ext. 2356 Flyer Download Program Costs Download
Next term starts March 25, 2024!
January 17th @ 12:00 pm
February 12th @ 12:00 pm
Meet in the Student Services Center
Mission: The mission of this program is to provide training for employment in the surgical area of the health care industry. The surgical technologist works under the supervision of surgical and nursing personnel to facilitate the safe and effective administration of invasive procedures.Program is 15 months long | Students attend classes and clinicals on the following schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:00 am to 12:15 pm **Hours may vary during clinical externship rotations in order to accommodate Operating Room case schedules.
Program H170211 consists of a planned sequence of courses.
Basic Healthcare Worker - Course HSC0003 (90 hours) – Instruction covers basic health care and safety procedures, employability, communications, interpersonal skills, basic mathematics, science, and computer literacy.
Central Supply Assistant - Course STS0015 (210 hours) – Consists of theory and application of central services departmental organization and function; basic anatomy, physiology, microbiology and chemistry related to central service activities; quality assurance; infection control and isolation techniques, principles of safety; principles, methods and controls of sterilization processes; cleaning, processing packaging, distributing, and storing.
Surgical Technologist, 1 of 3 - Course STS0010 (343 hours) – This course provides the student with an introduction to anatomy and basic physiology, microbiology, the biomedical sciences, and pharmacology.
Surgical Technologist, 2 of 3 - Course STS0011 (343 hours) – This course provides an introduction to operating room theory with a practical application of the skills to be performed by the surgical technologist; principles and concepts of aseptic technique and their relation to the surgical suite; proper use of instrumentation, sutures, needles, and surgical counts; all other techniques associated with the surgical technologist’s role; and a review of anatomy and the various specialties.
Surgical Technologist, 3 of 3 - Course STS0012 (344 hours) – This course includes legal and ethical responsibilities; clinical application; and a continuation of the study of anatomy and specialty areas.
The Pinellas Technical College Surgical Technology program is unable to accommodate students who want to participate in clinicals at sites other than those approved for use locally. Only day hours are available. Note: schedule will vary during clinical experience hours; see the instructor or counselor for more information.
Special Admission Requirements: Specific health occupations admission guidelines (immunizations, drug screening, background check, etc.) are available in Student Services.
Attend a mandatory information session: For questions/more information, contact Jeromy Johnson, guidance counselor.
To find out what skills you need to be a surgical technologist
Articulation Agreement(s): Pinellas County Schools Centers for Wellness and Medical Professions
Accreditation: Pinellas Technical College is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
- After completion of course HSC003 and course STS0015, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (CSPDT) exam
- After graduation, students are eligible to sit for the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) exam to become a Tech in Surgery Certified (TS-C).
Minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirement: 80%
Minimum Attendance Requirement: 80%
Basic Skills Entrance/Exit Requirements: Student's competency in computation (mathematics) and communication (reading/language arts) is pre-assessed; required basic skills grade levels are: Computation - 10 and Communication - 11.