Surgical Technology

This degree 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

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Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Program Information

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

Admission Requirements

In addition to admission to the college, students must also meet eligibility requirements specific to this program, and only a limited number of students are admitted into a given cohort.  If there are more applicants during a cycle than there are available positions in the cohort, eligible applicants will be ranked according to specific criteria and students are admitted or deferred according to that rank.

Please see the Admissions Information Book below for program requirements, minimum eligibility requirements, applicant ranking criteria, and other important information for prospective students.

Information Sessions

Attendance at an information session is strongly encouraged for all prospective students. Information sessions will cover class expectations, success tips, student materials and supplies and class registration.  Registration is required to attend an information session, and space is limited.

All currently scheduled information sessions will be held from 4:00pm - 4:45pm in Room 107 of the Keats Science Building (K107) on the following dates:

  • April 26, 2023

Click here to register (required for attendance).

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 (SUR 100)" to meet admissions eligibility requirements.  Please refer to admissions information booklet above for further details on prerequisite and general education requirements.

Apply for Admission

Applications are accepted through the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal. Hardcopy applications and applications received outside of the portal will not be considered for admission. Applying to other health sciences programs has no impact on an applicant’s qualifications for this program. Applications for previous years are not valid for current or future application years.

All applicants must be current PVCC students to begin their health sciences application. If you are not a current PVCC student, please click the “Apply Now” link at the top of this page and complete a VCCS/PVCC application.

Applications for the Fall 2023 cohort open at 9:00am on February 1, 2023 and will close at 5:00pm on May 1, 2023.

Sign into the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal to begin your application.

Graduation Requirements

Students entering all degree programs are required to take one Writing Intensive Course (WIC), which has a prerequisite of ENG 111 and ENG 112, in order to graduate. Approved WICs are specified with a "WI" section designation.

Students in all degree programs are required to take at least one Civic Engagement (CE) course to graduate.

Potential Careers

Surgical Technologist