Surgical Technology, Certificate of Technology


Surgical technologists are an integral part of the surgical team, and work closely with nurses and surgeons to provide the best possible care for the patient during the intraoperative phase of a surgical procedure. Surgical technologists are responsible for assisting during surgery by passing instruments and other equipment to the surgeon in a prescribed manner, and maintaining sterility throughout the surgical procedure.

The goal of the surgical technology program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as entry-level surgical technologists, and to become contributing members of the health care team. The program curriculum is a balance of theoretical and technical courses, with supervised clinical/practicum experience at area hospitals. This combination provides the student an opportunity for educational development and skill competency.

The surgical technology program is accredited by the

Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
9355 - 113th Street N, #7709
Seminole, Florida 33775

Phone: 727-210-2350

effective until 2024. Upon completion of the program, the student is granted a certificate of technology or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and is eligible to take the National Certification Examination given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

This is a selective admission program. Class size is determined by the availability of clinical space with acceptance being based on grades in the pre-requisite courses. Limited enrollment ensures a quality laboratory and clinical experience as needed to become a competent entry-level surgical technologist. To be considered for selection to the surgical technology program, the following steps must be completed:

For credit earned in a required biology course to be applicable to the surgical technology program, credit must have been earned within the past five years and the grade earned must have been a C or above. Credit earned in a required biology course exceeds the five-year stipulation if the credit was earned five or more years prior to the first term in which the student enrolls into the program.

  1. Be admitted to San Jacinto College. All students must apply Online using the Apply Texas website at There is no charge to apply.
  2. Provide Official Transcripts
    1. High School Diploma or GED Certificate required.
    2. Students with any transfer credits must have college transcripts evaluated by San Jacinto College (admissions transcript evaluation) prior to submitting an application.
    3. Surgical Technology Program Director has final approval of all transferred courses that apply toward the degree in Surgical Technology.
    4. Transcripts from other colleges must be official and sent to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Completion of all of the following prerequisite courses, with a minimum grade of “C,” before admission to the program.
    Select one of the following:4
    Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (lecture & lab)
    Anatomy and Physiology I (Lecture)
    and Anatomy and Physiology I (Lab)
    and Anatomy and Physiology II (Lecture)
    and Anatomy and Physiology II (Lab) (or)
    HPRS 1206Essentials of Medical Terminology2
    HPRS 1201Introduction to Health Professions (Surgical Technology)2
  4. Attend a mandatory information meeting as posted on the San Jacinto College website.
  5. Complete and submit a Surgical Technology application by the deadline as posted on the San Jacinto College website.  

Program Admission Criteria

The Surgical Technology program accepts applicants twice a year. Students can find applications and submission deadlines on the San Jacinto College Surgical Technology web page

Students must apply for admission to the department of Surgical Technology by submitting a formal application to the department and by submitting all required official documents to the Office of Admissions.

Surgical Technology

Students who apply for admission will be selected based on their completion of the prerequisite coursework and their total score on the application rubric, as posted on the San Jacinto College website. Applicants must complete prerequisite courses with the grade of C or better in each course. Meeting minimal entry requirements does not guarantee program admission. Students must attend a Mandatory Information Session prior to submission of their application, as posted on the San Jacinto College website Surgical Technology page.

Applicants to the Surgical Technology program will be notified regarding their program admission status. Applicants who are not selected for admission to the Surgical Technology program may reapply. Applicants who are accepted for admission, but do not accept the position or do not complete the enrollment process, must reapply to be considered for future admission. It is the student’s responsibility to stay current with any changes in the program requirements. A student currently on academic probation is ineligible to enroll in the Surgical Technology program.

After acceptance into the program, an applicant must have a physical examination by a licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner; must submit documentation of updated immunizations; must provide proof of American Heart Association CPR training, Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support; and must submit all documents to Castle Branch, along with a specified fee. A criminal background check and drug screen are required for all health science students attending clinical courses, and are required prior to admission to the Surgical Technology program.

Student Progression

If a student earns a grade of D, F, FX, W, or I in a Surgical Technology (SRGT or HPRS) course, the student will not be permitted to continue or to graduate from the program until that course has been repeated and a grade of C or above has been earned.  Two grades of D, F, FX, W, or I in any combination from SRGT and HPRS courses will result in dismissal from the program.

Students are required to purchase uniforms and accessories specified by the Surgical Technology program. Each student is responsible for his/her own transportation to the clinical areas and all required parking fees.

Plan of Study

Central Campus

Plan of Study Grid
Select one of the following:  
BIOL 2404 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (lecture & lab) (or) 1 4
Anatomy and Physiology I (Lecture)
and Anatomy and Physiology I (Lab)
and Anatomy and Physiology II (Lecture)
and Anatomy and Physiology II (Lab) (or )
HPRS 1201 Introduction to Health Professions (Surgical Technology) 2
HPRS 1206 Essentials of Medical Terminology 2
First Term
SRGT 1260 Clinical I Surgical 2
SRGT 1509 Fundamentals of Perioperative Concepts and Techniques 5
SRGT 1505 Introduction to Surgical Technology 5
Second Term
SRGT 1460 Clinical II - Surgical Technology/Technologist 4
SRGT 1541 Surgical Procedures I 5
HPRS 2301 Pathophysiology 2 3
Third Term
SRGT 2460 Clinical III Surgical 4
SRGT 1542 Surgical Procedures II 5
SRGT 2130 Professional Readiness 1
 Total Credits42

Capstone Experience: SRGT 1542 Surgical Procedures II and SRGT 2460 Clinical III Surgical

Upon completion of the program, the student receives a certificate of technology and is eligible to take the National Certification Examination to become a certified surgical technologist.