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Surgical Technology

CVCC Surgical Technology studentsSurgical Technology is a specialty within the Health Sciences Division. The curriculum prepares an individual 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 participate in surgical procedures, prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic technique; assist with patient preparation for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations.

Students are expected to participate in classroom, lab, and clinical (hospital) experience. The entire program consists of three continuous semesters. Students start in August and graduate the following August.

It is highly recommended to complete as many of the required general education classes prior to admission into the program. For admissions information please view the 2017 Surgical Technology Admissions
Information (top right). For admissions questions, please contact

» Technical Standards (PDF)

» Curriculum Requirements (PDF)

Clinical Sites

Hospital clinical sites require background and blood screens.

The operating room environment is a high risk for exposure to blood borne pathogens resulting in exposure to communicable diseases.

» Suggested Program Sequence (PDF)

For information contact Kim Holman at 828-327-7000 ext. 4332 or email





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Updated 08.25.2016: Admissions Student Services