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As a surgical technologist, you’ll be an integral member of the health care team.

Surgical Technology is an exciting profession where the work environment is both intense and dynamic.

Surgical Technologists are essential members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other personnel to deliver patient care and before, during and after surgery.

Scrub, circulating, first assisting and second assisting surgical technologists have primary responsibilities for maintaining a sterile field and being constantly vigilant to ensure all members of the team adhere to aseptic techniques.

The Program

TCL’s full-time Surg-Tech program is 50 credit hours completed in three 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.

PLEASE SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A HEALTH SCIENCE ADVISOR PRIOR TO SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION. CALL 843-525-8267 FOR AN APPOINTMENT. 

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  • Important Dates

    As of May 18, 2020 math and science courses must be completed within the last 5 years to be considered for Health Science applications.

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    YEARTCL PASS RATENBSTSA NATIONAL PASS RATE
    2018100%70%
    2017100%70%
    2016100%70%
    2015100%70%
    201492%74%
    ***  DATA COLLECTED FROM NBSTSA

    Accreditation & Accolades

    Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry.

    Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST)
    6 West Dry Creek Circle; Suite 210 / Littleton, Colorado 80120-8031 / 303-694-9262
    The program prepares competent graduates in the cognitive, psychomotor, and effective learning domains, and meets all criteria set forth in the current Standards and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program in Surgical Technology.


    Quick Facts


    OPPORTUNITY

    Employment opportunities are expected to grow by 15% between 2014 and 2024.

    NEW CAREER IN ONE YEAR

    The one-year, three-semester Surgical Technology program is 50 credit hours.

    A CAREER THAT PAYS

    South Carolina’s annual mean wage for surg-techs is $39,120

    JOB OUTLOOK


    The job outlook is exceptional for all TCL health sciences graduates.Surgical Technologists are in high demand locally and nationally. South Carolina’s annual mean wage for surgical technologists is $39,120, according to 2017 reports from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Earnings can increase substantially with time and experience.

    PROGRAM COST


    Tuition: 50 credits x $190 per credit = $9,500.

    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.

    *Based on Fall 2019 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. Qualifications vary.

    WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING


    “Being a Surgical Technologist is the most rewarding career because we make a difference in patients’ lives every day.”

    Ashley Sumner

    Program Director

    FAQS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    Important Additional Requirements

    Applicants interested in the Surgical Technology program must first complete the college admission application process. The student will then make an appointment to meet with a Health Sciences Advisor. Acceptance into the college does not guarantee admission into a health sciences program. Applications for admission to the Surgical Technology program may only be obtained from Health Sciences Advisors. Call 843.525.8267 for additional information and to schedule an appointment with an advisor.

    Additional Career & Education Opportunities

    Many Surgical Technologists have a desire to continue their education after completing a Surgical Technology program. There are various ways in which the Surgical Technologist can accomplish this goal. The Surgical Technologist can specialize in a specific branch of surgical medicine, such as orthopedics, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic, or peripheral vascular surgery. The experienced Surgical Technologist can also become a traveling Surgical Technologist. There are also positions available in veterinary medicine. Degrees in business or healthcare administration will prepare the Surgical Technologists for a career in medical device sales or in the management of a healthcare department or facility. An advanced degree in education or a field related to Surgical Technology (such as biology or applied sciences) will allow a Surgical Technologist to meet the educational requirement to teach at a college or university. Many Surgical Technologists have also gone on to obtain advanced degrees in Physician Assistant studies. The Surgical Technologist can also advance through additional training and education to become a Surgical First Assistant.

    Is this program for you?

    Yes, particularly if you:

    • Desire to become an integral part of an exciting and rewarding career.
    • Want to play an essential role in changing patients’ lives.
    • Are searching for a career with unlimited potential in a highly sought after field within the health care industry.

    Program Dean


    Glenn Levicki

    Dean, Health Sciences

    843-525-8276

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 4, Rm. 109

    Instructors


    Ashley Sumner

    Surgical Technology Program Director/Instructor

    843-470-8415

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 4, Rm. 202

    Michael Lane

    Surgical Technology Instructor

    843-525-8296

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 4, Rm. 204