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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Health and Life Sciences Division

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Associate of Applied Science Degree

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
  • SUR 100: Introduction to Surgical Technology - 2 credits
  • HLT 141: Introduction to Medical Terminology - 2 credits
  • HLT 105: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation - 1 credits

1st Semester (Fall)

  • BIO 142: Human Anatomy & Physiology II - 4 credits
  • SUR 140: Surgical Care I - 3 credits
  • SUR 145: Surgical Care Skills I - 3 credits
  • SUR 150: Surgical Instrumentation - 2 credits

2nd Semester (Spring)

  • SUR 240: Surgical Care II - 3 credits
  • SUR 245: Surgical Care Skills II - 3 credits
  • ENG 112: College Composition II - 3 credits
  • SUR 250: Surgical Pharmacology - 2 credits
  • SUR 135: Infection Control - 2 credits

3rd Semester (Fall)

  • PHI 220 or PHI 227 - 3 credits
  • SUR 210: Surgical Procedures - 3 credits
  • SUR 260: Surgical Technology Clinical Practicum - 8 credits

4th Semester (Spring)

  • SUR 296: On-Site Training - 5 credits
  • SUR 298: Seminar and Project - 3 credits
  • SUR 254: Professional Issues in Surgical Technology - 2 credits
  • SOC 200 or PSY 230 - 3 credits

Admissions 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.

Attendance at an information session is strongly encouraged for all students.  Refer to the current Admissions Information Book for information regarding whether your application will be ranked based on attendance.

All currently scheduled information sessions will be held as follows:

  • Wednesday, January 26, 2022 in Keats Room 107, 3:30pm - 4:15pm
  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 in Keats Room 107, 3:30pm - 4:15pm
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2022 in Keats Room 107, 3:30pm - 4:15pm
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2022 in Keats Room 106, 3:30pm - 4:15pm
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Keats Room 106, 4:15pm - 5:00pm

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.  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.


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 2022 cohort open at 9:00am on February 1, 2022 and will close at 5:00pm on May 15, 2022.

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


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.

Potential Careers

Surgical Technologist