OPERATION CAREER SUCCESS
TCL’s full-time Surg-Tech program is 68 credit hours completed in four consecutive semesters. Courses include general education, science and surgical technology classes taught in the college classroom, in campus laboratories and multiple clinical education sites throughout Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper.
The Surgical Technology Department Faculty of the Technical College of the Lowcountry believes that:
- Health is the state of optimum well-being for humanity. Health is relative and constantly changing.
- Due to this changing state, the Surgical Technologist practices in the unique role of restoring optimum health and alleviating suffering by aiding surgical intervention. In fulfilling this role, the Surgical Technologist works closely with the patient, surgeon, and other operating room professionals in the operative care of the surgical patient.
- Surgical Technology practice is not limited to the physical setting of the operating room. It is also utilized in other health care areas and facilities. These areas and facilities include, but are not limited to Labor and Delivery, Central/Sterile Processing, Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, and private physician’s offices.
- The educational environment of the Surgical Technology Program at the Technology College of the Lowcountry considers individual differences, which affect learning ability, and provides motivation to continue to learn and adapt in the changing surgical environment. The faculty believes an individual’s ability to learn is based on past experiences and personal potential, which permits learning to occur at different rates and levels. Learning takes place most readily when material is covered in logical sequence and progresses in difficulty from simple to complex. Under the guidance of the faculty, the student should assume responsibility for much of their own learning. The program will prepare students to become a competent entry-level Surgical Technologist by incorporating cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains such as: periodic assessments for knowledge retention, hands-on skills practice for clinical preparation, and comprehensive reviews for certification testing and post-education occupational preparedness.
- The faculty believes that Surgical Technology education should reflect the student’s development of skills and theoretical knowledge essential for restoring optimum health and alleviating suffering in the operative setting.
Request More Info
The application period for the Fall 2023 goes through May 25, 2023. Visit the Health Sciences Application Process page for all of the information about applying.
You may contact Cindy Mooney at email@example.com or make an appointment through your Navigate account to determine if you are eligible to apply. Appointments may be virtual!
To schedule Achieve 3000—please email Health Sciences Advisor Cindy Mooney (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Last Day for Achieve 3000 testing will be June 16.
- Achieve 3000 testing will take place at the Beaufort Campus.
To schedule TEAS—please email TEAS@tcl.edu.
Starting Fall 2022 there will be updates to the Curriculum and Curriculum Profile for the Surgical Technology Program. Please speak with Health Sciences Advisor, Cindy Mooney for any questions on the anticipated updates.
As of May 18, 2020 math and science courses must be completed within the last 5 years to be considered for Health Science applications.
Certify Your Skills
|YEAR||TCL PASS RATE||NBSTSA NATIONAL PASS RATE|
|2020||*No graduating cohort|
|*** DATA COLLECTED FROM NBSTSA|
Accreditation & Accolades
Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org). .
The TCL Surgical Technology program is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Contact CAAHEP by mail at 9355 – 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL, 33775 or by phone at 727-210-2350 with any questions.
Employment opportunities are expected to grow by 15% between 2014 and 2024.
NEW CAREER IN JUST 5 SEMESTERS
The five-semester Surgical Technology program is 68 credit hours.
A CAREER THAT PAYS
South Carolina’s annual mean wage for surg-techs is $50,610.
Surgical Technologists are in high demand locally and nationally. South Carolina’s annual mean wage for surgical technologists is $50,610, according to 2022 reports from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Earnings can increase substantially with time and experience.
Tuition: 68 credits x $214 per credit = $14,552.
Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many TCL students attend for free. See more about paying for TCL.
*Based on Fall 2022 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. Qualifications vary; all subject to change.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“Being a Surgical Technologist is the most rewarding career because we make a difference in patients’ lives every day.”