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Surgical Technology Diploma (D45740)


The Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team.
Students will apply theoretical knowledge to the care of patients undergoing surgery and develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations.

Employment opportunities include labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physicians’ offices, and central supply processing units.
Students of Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited programs are required to take the national certification exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) within 30 days prior to or after graduation.


The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs based upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council in Education Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158

Clearwater, FL  33763

Phone number: 727-210-2350



Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120

Admissions Requirements

Surgical Technology Minimum Requirements


  • Candidate has completed   ENG 111   and   MED 120   with a grade of “C” or higher (may be enrolled in 2021 summer semester).
  • Candidate is eligible to take   MAT 143   with or without a co-requisite.
  • Candidate has a 2.5 GPA or higher from all surgical technology general education courses. GPA calculation includes any of the following completed courses:   BIO 163,   BIO 175,   MED 120,   PSY 150,   ENG 111,   ENG 114,   BUS 137,   CIS 110, mathematics elective, and humanities/fine arts elective.
  • Candidate is in Satisfactory Academic Standing with Rockingham Community College (RCC cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher).
  • Essay: One page, double-spaced typed statement responding to the following questions: What makes you a strong candidate for the RCC Surgical Technology program? What is the biggest challenge you will face in the program?

Important Information

It is your responsibility to read this page and the information it contains in its entirety. You must meet all requirements to be considered for acceptance; however, completion of these tasks does not guarantee acceptance to the Fall 2021 entering class.

Course Sequence

Surgical Technology Program

Program Prerequisites: Students admitted to the Surgical Technology must successfully complete the following courses with a “C” or hig her prior to enrolling in the first Surgical Technolog y [SUR] class. Class Lab Clinical Credit
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 0 3
MED 120 Survey of Medical Terminology 2 0 0 2
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 4 2 0 5
SUR 110 Introduction to Surgical Technology 3 0 0 3
SUR 111 Perioperative Patient Care 5 6 0 7
12 8 0 15
Spring Semester
BIO 175 General Microbiology 2 2 0 3
SUR 122 Surgical Procedures I 5 3 0 6
SUR 123 Surgical Clinical Practice I 0 0 21 7
7 5 21 16
Summer Semester
SUR 134 Surgical Procedures II 5 0 0 5
SUR 135 Surgical Clinical Practice II 0 0 12 4
SUR 137 Professional Success Prep 1 0 0 1
6 0 12 10

Employment Competencies

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Function as competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • Apply knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Medical Terminology within the surgical environment which includes the ability to differentiate between normal and the abnormal anatomy, physiology, laboratory findings, and other diagnostic data.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the skills and procedures required of a surgical technologist in a professional/clinical setting utilizing the principles of aseptic technique with a strong surgical conscience and application of safe practices in the healthcare environment.
  • Demonstrate accountability of practice with adherence to ethical and legal standards of the Surgical Technologist profession.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills; prioritizing, analyzing, anticipating, resolving problems, and acting instinctively and decisively in the healthcare environment.
  • Communicate effectively in the perioperative healthcare environment with all members of the healthcare team.

Employment Outlook

Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 7% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries. In addition, the aging of the large baby-boom generation is expected to increase the need for surgical technologists.

General Education Outcomes

Rockingham Community College has three general education outcomes:

Communication: Students will communicate using the conventions appropriate for the intended academic or professional audiences.

Information Literacy: Students will locate, evaluate, and use appropriate information for academic and professional tasks.

Critical Thinking: Students will analyze information and ideas and develop reasoned solutions to academic or professional problems. 

OutcomesPass Rates by Year
Information Literacy87%64%51%51%
Critical Thinking51%52%41%65%57%

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