Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology students organizing surgical tools

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The Surgical Technology Certificate at Piedmont Virginia Community College is a three-semester program that prepares you for an entry-level job as a surgical technologist and member of a surgical team. Surgical technologists provide correct instruments and maintain a sterile environment for surgeons during operating room procedures in hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, clinics and doctors' offices. During the last semester of the program, students can become nationally certified by taking the Certified Surgical Technologist Exam given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).


After applying to PVCC, students must also Apply to the Surgical Technology ProgramCompletion of general education courses is one criteria used to make admissions decisions. The application for Surgical Technology is now closed and will re-open on February 1, 2018 for Fall 2018 admission.


Information Sessions

Information sessions are a requirement to enter into the Surigcal Tech Program. Please see dates below and register online.

January 25, 2018 at 3:30 PM

February 22, 2018 at 3:30 PM

March 22, 2018 at 3:30 PM

April 19, 2018 at 3:30 PM

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Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


Required Courses: 

SDV 101 First Year Success
ENG 111 College Composition I  - 3 Credit Hours
BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I  - 4 Credit Hours
BIO 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II  - 4 Credit Hours
HLT 141 Introduction To Medical Terminology  - 2 Credit Hours
BIO 150 Introductory Microbiology  - 4 Credit Hours
SUR 140 Introduction To Surgical Care  - 4 Credit Hours
SUR 145 Fundamentals of Surgical Care  - 4 Credit Hours
SUR 210 Surgical Procedures  - 8 Credit Hours
SUR 250 Surgical Pharmacology  - 2 Credit Hours
SUR 254 Professional Issues in Surgical Technology
SUR 260 Surgical Technology Clinical Practicum

Course Sequence: 

  • 3 Credit(s)

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Required Skills & Employment Outlook

Jobs this program prepares you for: 

Surgical Technologist
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