Angelina College Surgical Technology Program is accredited  by  the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park St., Clearwater, FL, 33756 (phone: 727-210-2350, web

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A surgical technologist is a member of the operating room team that assists in surgical procedures under the supervision of surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologist, and other surgical personnel.

Duties of a surgical technologist may include, but are not be limited to:
1.  Preparation of the operating room

2.  Assembly of sterile and non-sterile equipment
3.  Preparation of patients for surgery

4.  Transporting and positioning patients
5.  Passing instruments, holding retractors, cutting sutures and applying dressings
6.  Counting sponges, needles, supplies and instruments
7.  Preparing, caring for and disposing of body fluids and specimens


Surgical technologists may receive their training in formal programs offered by community colleges, vocational schools, universities, hospitals and the military. The curriculum includes classroom education in anatomy and physiology; microbiology; pharmacology; professional ethics; medical terminology; the care and safety of patients during surgery; sterile techniques and procedures; prevention of infection; and handling of drugs, solutions, supplies and equipment.

The profession of surgical technology allows graduates to pursue employment in different types of surgical environments. This may include out-patient surgical centers, physician’s office, and hospitals. Salary range is $15-18/ hour depending on experience and certifications.

The surgery technology program is a 12 month certificate program that combines classroom, laboratory instruction, and clinical experiences in approved hospital surgical suites or outpatient surgical centers in our 12 county service area. Upon successful completion of an accredited program, the graduate is eligible to take a national certification examination. The graduate may then use the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) designation. Continuing education or reexamination is required to maintain certification, which must be renewed every 4 years.

The following skills and abilities will be necessary for an individual applying for admission
to the surgical technology program:
1. Be an active listener and be able to communicate
2. Possess a personal commitment to their education and the field of surgical technology
3. Be conscientious, orderly and emotionally stable
4. Possess the ability to respond quickly and be familiar with and understand procedures
5. Anticipate what is needed by the surgeon and function as a team member
5. Manual dexterity to handle instruments quickly
6. Possess the ability to handle emotional and physical demands of the operating room environment
7. Professionalism, be able to take constructive criticism and not be defensive
8. Stay abreast of new developments in their field by continuing their education

Admission Criteria
Although Angelina College has an open-door policy; specific programs in the College have selected admission. The surgical technology program (SRGT) has selected admission because more students apply to the program than the program can accommodate. To be eligible for consideration for selection, applicants for the SRGT program must meet the following admission criteria. Meeting criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the program. Final selection will be based on the applicant pool and space available.

Admissions Application Deadline for SRGT Applicants

The following are the proposed Admission Criteria for the Surgical Technology Program:

  1. Gain admission to Angelina College.   
  2. Obtain an Angelina College General Bulletin and follow the steps as outlined under “Admission Information.” Acceptance to Angelina College does not guarantee admission to the Surgical Technology Program.
  3. Pre-admission tests – All students must comply with these admission criteria.
          a.  Take TSI test or provide proof of exemption status.
          b.  Bring your TSI scores to health careers administrative assistant either Health Careers Building I office 108.

          c.  Please contact the Angelina College testing center for testing times and dates.
  4. Attend a Surgical Technology Information Session.  Applicants are required to attend an information session to obtain an application envelope and receive further information.  Dates for information sessions are published on the Angelina College website and in local newspapers or may be obtained from the program at 936-633-5265 or 936-633-3200.
  5. Submit the completed application envelope with all required documents that is listed on front of envelope and return completed envelope to Health Careers I office 108 by designated date during each fall semester.
  6. Submit high school and/or college transcripts.  Instructions: All applicants must submit two (2) official high school transcripts or GED scores and two (2) official university/college transcripts. One (1) of each must be submitted to the Angelina College Registrar’s office and one (1) of each within the completed envelope to the Health Careers I office 108.
  7. Complete all required pre-requisite courses prior to designated date:
          a.  STSU xxxx – Student Success
          b.  HITT 1305 – Medical Terminology
          c.  BIOL 2401 – Anatomy and Physiology I
  8. The top 25 applicants will be interviewed on an individual basis by an Interview Committee and each applicant will be required to write a short essay on their interest in the surgical technology program.
  9. Clinical rotations are required for this program.   Therefore traveling is required to and from these practicum educational sites.  You must also be 18 years or older by January 1 to participate in these clinical rotations.
  10. Acceptance into the surgical technology program is limited to 12; therefore out of the top 25 applicants, the applicants will be ranked and selected by a point system.  The point system will be based on attendance to an information session; former health care related work experience; completion of the required prerequisite and co-requisite courses with a minimum grade of “C”; certificates, licensures, or degrees held; and the interview. 
  11. Applicants will then be notified of “conditional” acceptance by letter and are required to accept their position within 1 week of notification of acceptance.
  12. Additional Information:
          a.  A negative drug screen and background check is required before full admission into the program.
          b.  Anyone convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation, hospitalized or treated for mental illness or chemical dependency must contact the program coordinator for advisement.  Any of these incidences can make you ineligible for certification by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) and subsequently the state of Texas.

Program Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate entry-level competencies for employment in the profession.

2. Defends the importance of the physical, interpersonal, and ethical aspects of the role of the surgical technologist.

3. Utilize critical thinking as a basis for decision making in the role of a surgical technologist.

4. Assume accountability and responsibility for the quality of care provided to patients.

5. Recognize the importance of lifelong learning in the profession of surgical technology.

Program Goals

1. Provide the highest quality instruction of a curriculum design to prepare the graduate to demonstrate the knowledge, comprehension, application of technical, affective, psychomotor, and critical thinking skills, and competency in the role as an entry level surgical technology practitioner.

2. Provide students with both academic and clinical instruction in the field of Surgical Technology in order to meet the employment needs of the graduate and medical communities.

3. Promote and foster a desire for life-long learning and professional growth in each program graduate.

4. Produce graduates who are eligible and competent to pass the certification examination upon completion of the program.





STSU xxxx – Student Success


HITT 1305 – Medical Terminology


BIOL 2401 – Anatomy & Physiology I


BIOL 2402 – Anatomy & Physiology II


PSYC 2301 – General Psychology



26 SCH




SRGT 1405* - Introduction to Surgical Technology


SRGT 1409* - Fundamentals of Perioperative Concepts and Techniques


SRGT 1441* - Surgical Procedures I


SRGT 1442* - Surgical Procedures II


SRGT 1260* - Clinical-Surgical Technologist I


SRGT 1360* - Clinical Surgical Technologist I


SGRT 2460* - Clinical-Surgical Technologist II


SRGT 2130* - Professional Readiness (capstone course)



26 SCH



40 SCH

*Courses must be taken in sequence.  Prerequisites and co-requisites required.

Clinical Case Requirements

Students are required to fulfill 624 clinical hours and, 120 cases before completion of the program.  Of these 120 cases:30 must be General surgeries – 20 First Scrub role, 10 Second Scrub role; 90 Specialty cases – 60 First Scrub role, 30 Second Scrub role, and evenly distributed between a minimum of 5 surgical specialties:  Cardiothoracic, ENT, Eye, Genitourinary, Neuro, Ob-Gyn, Oral/Maxillofacial, Orthopedics, Peripheral Vascular, Plastics, or Procurement/Transplant

Per the Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology 6th edition

All student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing his or her clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be receiving any monetary remuneration during this educational experience, nor will he or she be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution, in the capacity of a surgical technologist (per ARC-ST Standard V.C.).

Tonya LaForge
Surgical Technology Program Coordinator