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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Surgical Technology, AAS

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The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) 9355-113th St. N., #7709  Seminole, FL 33775. The program provides technical and educational experiences that prepare the graduate for the position as a surgical technologist in the operating room and to meet the eligible criteria to sit for the national certification examination sponsored by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). New classes begin in the spring semester of each year. Applications are processed prior to the actual beginning of the surgical technology program. Students desiring admission to the program must first meet the basic entrance requirements for Temple College and then apply for admission to the Surgical Technology program. Enrollment is limited and admission is competitive. Special program admission criteria and procedures are necessary to be accepted into this program.

Program Admission Criteria

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

1. It is required that prospective students attend a pre-application Surgical Technology Information Session.

2. Complete the Temple College admission procedure and achieve admission to Temple College.

3. Pass all sections of the ATI TEAS pre-entrance departmental aptitude test with a minimum 60% composite.

4. Complete a Surgical Technology Program Admission Application.

5. Provide official transcripts of course grades. Biological science courses must be no older than five (5) years at the time of application. Applicants must have a minimum of a “C” or better in all course work.

6. Completion of the above admission criteria does not guarantee admission to the Surgical Technology Program.  The highest qualified applicants will be ranked according to the program admissions criteria. Eighteen (18) qualified applicants will be accepted into the program after an interview process.

7. Upon conditional acceptance into the program, the following must be provided:

  • Complete History & Physical Exam with proof of required immunizations
  • Complete clear background check
  • CPR Certification for Health Care Providers


Uniforms in the classroom and to the clinical rotations will consist of a Caribbean blue scrub suit with name badge, white knee-length lab coat and professional shoes.

Students are provided opportunity to join the Association of Surgical Technologists. Additional information concerning a career as a surgical technologist is available at www.ast.org

Work Policy Statement - All student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing their clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not receive monetary compensation during this educational experience, nor will they be substituted for hired staff personnel with the clinical institution, in the capacity of a surgical technologist.


Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology

To graduate with a Temple College Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Complete all Surgical Technology academic curriculum courses with a grade of “C” or better with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be eligible for graduation
  2. Complete program required clinical competencies
  3. Pass the Surgical Technology Exit Examination with a grade of “C” or better
  4. Sit for the NBSTSA National Certification Examination
  5. Three semester hours of English:  ENGL 1301  
  6. Three semester hours of Medical Terminology:  HITT 1305  
  7. Eight semester hours of Human Anatomy & Physiology:  BIOL 2401  and BIOL 2402 ;   (Biology classes must be no older than 5 years)
  8. Three semester hours in Social Behavioral Science:  PSYC 2301  
  9. Three semester hours in Language, Philosophy, Culture or Creative Arts to be selected from the disciplines of art, history, literature, music, speech and theater. Students may select one course of the three hours credit or several totaling three semester hours credit.
  10. Three semester hours of Speech:  SPCH 1311  or SPCH 1315  or SPCH 1318  or SPCH 1321  
  11. At least 60 semester hours of course credit, exclusive of all 0000-level courses.
  12. Included in the 60 hours of course work must be all of the required surgical technology courses for a total of 33 hours credit.
  13. The student must be enrolled in Temple College during the semester of his/her graduation.
  14. Complete at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree at Temple College.
  15. For any variation from the above prescribed requirements to be counted towards graduation, a written statement to this effect, signed by the Surgical Technology Department Director and the Vice President of Academic Affairs must be on file in the student’s record folder.





Grand Total Hours: 60

*A minimum course grade of “C” or better in all course work with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required to be eligible to apply to the Surgical Technology Program.

1Written cumulative final exam must be passed with a grade of “C” or better and lab practicum with an 80% or better to move into Fall semester and remain in the Surgical Technology program.

2Classes must be no older than 5 years.

3Courses must be taken before acceptance into the program.

4Come and talk to an advisor about your Temple College graduation and your university transfer plans.

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