Critical support

A surgical technologist’s job is to help with the general functions in and around the operating room. Everything from assisting the nurses and surgeons to preparing the operating room for procedures.  Through this work, you will be a part of the medical process and help to make the lives of others better while working in a constantly growing field.



Program Details

The Surgical Technology program is designed to prepare entry-level Surgical Technologists who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

You will receive hands-on instruction and supervised clinical experience while taking courses in anatomy, physiology, and microbiology. You’ll also increase your pharmacology, medical terminology, and psychology knowledge to prepare you to provide excellent patient care. Our program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and combines classroom instruction with experiential learning in a hospital.

In Harlingen, surgical technology is available through a hybrid format using online learning for didactic delivery and face-to-face lab training in skills and high-fidelity simulation. You will obtain hands-on experience during clinical instruction in a hospital setting.

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Requirements to enter Surgical Technology differ from those of other programs; be sure to read the Program Requirements before enrolling and attend one of our monthly Information Sessions.

Because this program may prepare you for an occupational license, read additional information about HB1508 Occupational Certification Eligibility.

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

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763


The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) is responsible for the national certifying examinations for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) and the Certified Surgical Technologist/Certified First Assistant (CST/CFA). Students must be certified to gain employment.

View Surgical Technology Program certification exam results.

Degree Plans

Students are required to enroll in a First-Year Seminar course, TSTC 1101 or 1102 in their first semester attending TSTC unless they have completed more than 24 credit hours. Please see detailed information regarding the course and exemptions in the Advising section under First-Year Seminar Courses.

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Surgical Technology
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Fall 2024 Application Period: May 1–June 28

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