Surgical Technology: Diploma | Technical College of the LowCountry

Surgical Technology: Diploma

Operation career success.

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

Program Description

Free Tuition for Fall. Click for details.

Applications for Fall 2021 Associates in General Technology will be accepted from January 25th– May 27th at 5pm.

For Information on Achieve 3000, please email Health Sciences Advisor,

*Last Day for Achieve 3000 is May 13th.

**Please note there are limited slots available for testing. Therefore, please schedule your Achieve 3000 assessment accordingly.

Only TCL Students that are eligible to apply for Fall 2021 entry should email to schedule the TEAS assessment.

*Last Day for TEAS testing is May 13th.

**Please note there are limited slots available for testing. Therefore, please schedule your TEAS assessment accordingly.

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.

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.

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.


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.

2018 100% 70%
2017 100% 70%
2016 100% 70%
2015 100% 70%
2014 92% 74%

Quick Facts

Quick Fact 1
Employment opportunities are expected to grow by 15% between 2014 and 2024.
Quick Fact 2
The one-year, three-semester Surgical Technology program is 50 credit hours.
Quick Fact 3
South Carolina’s annual mean wage for surg-techs is $39,120

What People Are Saying

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

Ashley Sumner Program Director

FAQs & Additional Information

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Important Additional Admission 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.

What does this 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.

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

Division Dean/Health Sciences


Surgical Technology Program Director / Instructor/Health Sciences

Michael Lane

Surgical Tech Instructor/Health Sciences

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