Surgical Technology

This certificate prepares students to perform selected activities in the operating room as an entry-level member of the surgical team. 

This is a G3 program. Students may qualify for free tuition, fees, and books.  

Surgical Technology students in lab

Area of Interest

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Credit Hours


Required Courses

  • SDV 100: College Success Skills - 1 credits
  • ENG 111: College Composition I - 3 credits
  • BIO 141: Human Anatomy & Physiology I - 4 credits
  • BIO 142: Human Anatomy & Physiology II - 4 credits
  • HLT 141: Introduction to Medical Terminology - 2 credits
  • BIO 150: Microbiology - 4 credits
  • SUR 140: Introduction to Surgical Care - 4 credits
  • SUR 145: Fundamentals of Surgical Care - 4 credits
  • SUR 210: Surgical Procedures - 2 credits, 6 credits
  • SUR 250: Surgical Pharmacology - 2 credits
  • SUR 254: Professional Issues in Surgical Technology - 1 credits
  • SUR 260: Surgical Technology Clinical Practicum - 5 credits

Admissions Requirements

In addition to admission to the College, there are specific admissions requirements for this program. These requirements may change on an annual basis, and students can find the most up-to- date information in a booklet, which can be found on the program’s web page, in the Admission and Advising Center and in the Health and Life Sciences Division Office.

Applications are now open for the Fall 2021 cohort.  Applications are accepted through the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal.  Applications must be completed and submitted by May 15, 2021.

NEW Program Requirements for 2021:  The surgical technology program at PVCC will transition from a certificate program to Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree for the fall 2021 admission cohort.  New prerequisite requirements come with this change.  One of which is enrollment in "Introduction to Surgical Technology (SUR100)" to meet admissions eligibility requirements.  This course will be offered in the Spring 2021 semester and will be an online course.  Please refer to admissions information booklet below for further details on prerequisite and general education requirements.

The Program of Surgical Technology at PVCC will treat P+ as a C+ (2.5) grade when determining GPA/points for competitive admissions decisions.
*Students are encouraged to ask for letter grades if planning to apply to the Surgical Tech program at PVCC.

Completion of general education courses and prerequisites is one of several criteria used to make admissions decisions. The Surgical Technology Admission Information Booklet for 2021 admissions is linked below.


Sign up now for the 2021 admissions Information/Pre-Admission Advising Session.

Program Information

The one-year certificate program is designed to provide the community with individuals who can function as surgical technologists. This program of study will provide students with an entrance into the health care field that is rewarding, in demand, and provides an opportunity for career advancement.

Occupational Objectives: The three-semester surgical technology certificate program will prepare individuals to perform selected activities in the operating room as an entry-level member of the surgical team. The certificate curriculum is designed to provide graduates the opportunity to become nationally certified as a surgical technologist.

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