Surgical Technology

A Career in the Operating Room

The term operating room conjures up the image of two principal characters: the surgeon and the patient. Most operations involve a team of four including the surgeon, the circulating nurse, the surgical technologist and the anesthesiologist.  The Surgical Technologists work with, and under the supervision of, surgeons and registered nurses.  They help set up the operating rooms with surgical instruments, equipment, sterile linens, and sterile fluids. They assemble, adjust, and check non sterile equipment to ensure that it is working properly. During surgery, technologists participate in the numerous activities involved in the surgical process. Surgical Technologists have the primary responsibility for maintaining the sterile field, being constantly vigilant that all members of the team adhere to aseptic technique. They are educated to assist in connecting and applying surgical equipment and/or monitoring devices as well as preparing the patient for surgery.


Admissions Procedure:

In order to gain acceptance into the Surgical Technology Program, you must complete the following list of requirements


Step One:  Attend a Surgical Technology Advisement Session (offered in the Spring semesters only).


Step Two:  Fill out an application on-line for admission to NCTC. Visit the Admissions page for more details.


Step Three:  Have official transcripts from each college submitted to the college Registrar.


Step Four: If you have never attended college, send an official high school transcript or GED Scores to the NCTC Registrar.


Prior to acceptance into the Surgical Technology Program, the student can also take the following classes that go toward the Surgical Technology Certificate:

SRGT 1201/HITT 1205/1305 Medical Terminology

VNSG 1420 Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health (or BOTH BIOL 2401 and 2402)

Advisement Session Information:

At a NCTC Surgical Technology Advisement Session, the potential Surgical Technology student receives information about the field of Surgical Technology, the Surgical Technology Program and the HESI A2 Test. Attendance is mandatory for program admission. The student will also fill out the form to apply for admission to the NCTC Surgical Technology Program.  This form is different from the application for admission to NCTC. Please Note: Although the student may be accepted into NCTC, that does not mean they automatically gain acceptance into the Surgical Technology Program. The Advisement Session usually lasts a little over an hour. Please e-mail Judie Rodgers at to reserve a seat.


Please include in your e-mail, your name, address, phone number and the Advisement Date you wish to attend.


Advisement Sessions will begin again in January 2013. 






January 7, 2014


LLL 110


February 7, 2014


LLL 110


March 18, 2014


LLL 110


April 4, 2014


LLL 110


May 6, 2014


LLL 110


Directions to the Corinth Campus


Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) Test

The HESI A2 Test is the admissions test for the Surgical Technology Program. Based on the results from the test, the top 24 candidates are accepted into the program. The test covers basic math and reading. There is a study guide available for purchase, HESI Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam Review by Mosby, 3rd Edition, copyright 2013, ISBN# 978-1-4557-0333. The book includes samples of the type of questions offered on the HESI and it can be purchased at any of the NCTC bookstores for about $40.00. HESI testing is done in the spring of every year.


Authorization to Test Form

At the Advisement Session, the student will schedule an appointment and receive an Authorization to Test form to take the HESI. If the student loses the Authorization to Test form, he/she must attend another Advisement Session. Also, if the student does not bring the Authorization to Test form on the day he/she takes the HESI test, he/she will not be allowed to test, nor will the Surgical Technology faculty and staff give out another form. The student is responsible for keeping up with the testing form.


Information Letter




I am so happy that you are interested in our program.


Advisement Sessions will only be held monthly January to May.

Though you are not yet admitted to the Surgical Technology class, you may prepare for the possibility. You may take Medical Terminology (SRGT 1201/HITT 1205/1305) and A&P (VNSG 1420 or BIOL 2401 & 2402) before your testing or entrance. You should also begin to get your immunizations. Anyone who goes into any type of medicine is required by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to be immunized for the same diseases.


There is also another choice that can get you working in the OR and give you lots of surgical tech knowledge before you get into the regular surg tech classes, Life Long Learning’s Sterile Process Technician classes. Sterile Process Technicians are the people who run the big sterilizers and prepare the instruments for use in surgery. The one semester classes are held year round. For information regarding those classes, please contact Life Long Learning at 940-498-6270. Or click on .


The Allied Health Adviser is Misty Clark, 940-498-6259, She can help with career choices and class registration.

 If you have other questions, I will be happy to hear from you or contact the Surgical Technology Department Assistant, at 940-498-6282 ext 6502.  Please let me know if I can help you in any other way.


Judie Rodgers


Judie Rodgers, RN, BS, CST, Surgical Technology Program Coordinator

  • Email:
  • Phone: 940-498-6260
  • Office: Pinnell Square, Suite 305
  • FAX: 940-497-0070
  • Mail: NCTC
  • 1500 North Corinth Street
  • Corinth TX 76208

Janis Smith, LVN, CST, CFA, AS  Surgical Technology Program Instructor

  • Email:
  • Phone: 940-498-6418
  • Office: Pinnell Square, Suite 305

Surgical Technology Program Department Assistant

  • Email:
  • Phone: 940-498-6282 ext. 6502
  • Office: Pinnell Square, Suite 305


Interesting Links:

   The Association of Surgical Technologists   

   Texas State Assembly of Surgical Technologists

Surgical Technology Classes


Accredited programs provide classroom instruction as well as supervised clinical experiences. Required courses include anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, professional ethics, and medical terminology. Other courses cover such topics as the care and safety of patients during surgery, proper aseptic techniques, and surgical care procedures. Students also learn how to sterilize instruments and handle special solutions, supplies, and equipment.


Degree Option





The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits Surgical Technology programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council ARC/STSA on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. The NCTC Surgical Technology program received Accreditation in January 2004 from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).




Surgical Technologists may obtain professional certification from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting by graduating from a CAAHEP-accredited program and passing a national certification examination. They may then use the designation Certified Surgical Technologist, or CST.


Career Opportunities


The employment of surgical technologists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations at this time as the volume of surgery increases. Technological advances, such as fiber optics, laser technology and robotics, will permit new surgical procedures. Hospitals will continue to be the primary employer of surgical technologists, although much faster employment growth is expected in offices and clinics of physicians, including ambulatory surgical centers. Salaries for Surgical Technologists range from $10.00 to $20.00 per hour, with the average rate in the state of Texas being $19.53 per hour.


  • Surgical Technology Program Curriculum

    Level 1 Certificate Program (TASP WAIVED)


    The curriculum is organized into the areas recommended in the Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology published by the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc.  Each course syllabus will include the Desired Outcome, the Performance Objectives and will contain a Content Outline.  The learning objectives will address the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains of learning as conceived by Bloom and will be reflected in the objectives throughout the curriculum.

    Medical Terminology will address pronunciation and spelling, basic word structure, abbreviations and symbols, and the body systems.

    Anatomy and Physiology will address the organization of the human body and human tissues, organs, and systems.

    Introduction to Surgical Technology will cover orientation to surgical technology with emphasis on health care facilities, hospital organization and management, job description of the surgical technologist, surgical team members, aspects of the physical environment of a surgical suite, interdepartmental relations, communication skills, development of surgery, and ethical, moral and legal responsibilities.

    Fundamentals of Perioperative Concepts and Techniques introduces the student to microbiology and wound healing, the process of infection, general and immunological defense mechanisms, principles of sanitation, sterilization, and disinfection.

    Surgical Procedures I and II will address pharmacology, patient care concepts, and surgical procedures.

    Clinical – Surgical/Operating Room Technician (Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced) will provide the student clinical opportunities to apply what they have learned in the classroom.  The clinical component allows the student to practice the skills, decision making, and social-emotional attributes that make up competent performance.

    ***The Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health and Medical Terminology classes can be taken before or after entrance into the Surgical Technology Program.


    Surgical Technology Certificate

    First Semester Credit Hours
    VNSG1420 Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare 4

    SRGT1201/HITT 1205

    HITT 1305

    Medical Terminology




    SRGT1505 Introduction to Surgical Technology 5
    SRGT1509 Fundamentals of Peri-Operative Concepts and Techniques 5
    SRGT1261 Clinical - Surgical/Operating Room  
      Technician (Introductory) 2
    Total hours 18
    Second Semester Credit Hours
    Surgical Procedures I
    SRGT1442 Surgical Procedures II 4
    SRGT1661 Clinical Surgical/Operating Room Tech (Intermediate) 6
    Total hours 14
    Summer Credit Hours
    SRGT1662* Clinical Surgical/Operating Room Tech (Advanced) 6
    Total hours 6
    Grand total hours 38/39
    *NOTE: SRGT1662 will constitute the capstone experience.  














    Typical Schedule



      Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Lab
    Then 6:30 am to 3:00 pm
    @ NCTC Corinth Campus x 4 weeks
    Clinical @ assigned hospital
      Tuesday 9:00 am - noon Classroom 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Lab @ NCTC
      Wednesday 9:00 am - noon Classroom 1-4 Lab @NCTC
      Thursday or Friday VNSG 1420
      Online class Medical Terminology



      Monday 6:30 am - 3:00 pm Clinical @ assigned hospital
      Tuesday 6:30 am - 3:00 pm Clinical @ assigned hospital
      Wednesday 9:00 am - noon Classroom 1:00 - 4:00 pm @ NCTC
      Thursday 9:00 am - noon Classroom 1:00 - 4:00 pm @ NCTC



      Monday 6:30 am - 3:00 pm Clinical @ assigned hospital
      Tuesday 6:30 am - 3:00 pm Clinical @ assigned hospital
      Wednesday 6:30 am - 3:00 pm Clinical @ assigned hospital



    Admission Requirements


    In addition to the admission requirements of North Central Texas College, the student must meet qualifications for admission into the Surgical Technology Program.



    The applicant must:


    1. Attend an advisement/information session to obtain additional information about the Surgical Technology Program.

    2. Receive a Test Referral Form to take the Surgical Technology Entrance Test known as the HESI A2

    1. Fill Out an application for admission to NCTC.
    2. Complete the admission process into NCTC.

    3. Submit to the Registrar’s Office official transcripts from each college you have attended, if you have attended college before.

    4. Submit to the Registrar’s Office high school transcript or GED scores, if you have not attended college before.

    5. Contact financial aid at 940-498-6294 if you need financial assistance.

    6. Contact the Admissions Office in Gainesville for specific international student requirements, if you are an International student.

    7. Sit for the Entrance Exam on the designated date.

    8. (The Entrance Exam may be taken only twice in any given year with a lifetime limit of 5 times.)

    9. Spaces available in the Surgical Technology program are limited to 24 annually.  Selection of students admitted is based upon the rank order of the Entrance Exam composite scores.

    10. Students will be notified by e-mail regarding their status: acceptance, alternate or rejection.


    The student who is admitted:


    • Must pass a criminal background check

    • Criminal background checks will be completed on all students upon acceptance to the program.

      The following histories will disqualify an individual from consideration for clinical rotations:  1) felony convictions, 2) misdemeanor convictions or felony deferred adjudications involving crimes against persons (personal or sexual abuse), 3) misdemeanor convictions related to moral turpitude (prostitution, public lewdness/exposure, etc., 4) felony deferred adjudications for the sale, possession, distribution, or transfer of narcotics or controlled substances, 5) registered sex offenders.

    • Must pass a physical from his/her private physician.

    • Must be CPR certified for the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider.

    • Must show proof of health accident insurance (Student insurance policies are available.)

    • Must provide documentation of required immunizations. 

    • Must pass a drug screen.

    • Must be at least 18 years old on the first day of class


    Applicants are encouraged to self-identify their accommodation needs.  It is important to note that in order to successfully progress through the surgical technology curriculum and function as a practicing surgical technologist upon graduation, an individual must be able to perform certain physical activities that include vocal, visual, auditory, and dexterity requirements.  Early contact by individuals with an accommodation need will enable the program coordinator to carefully consider each request on a case-by-case basis.


    Technical Standards


    • Students should be able to perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations, such as the help of compensatory techniques and/or assistive devices.

    • Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical/placement judgment

    • Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.

    • Communication abilities sufficient for effective interaction with others in expressive and written English, including computer literacy

    • Remain continuously on task for several hours while standing, sitting, walking, lifting, bending, and/or transporting patients/clients

    • Physical abilities sufficient to move from area to area and maneuver in small spaces; full range of motion, manual and finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination

    • Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective patient/client care and operate equipment

    • Ability to reach and operate overhead equipment

    • Auditory ability sufficient to access essential patient information

    • Normal or corrected visual ability sufficient for patient/client assessment

    • Olfactory senses (smell) sufficient for maintaining environmental safety

    • Ability to present professional appearance and attitude, implement measures to maintain personal physical and mental health and emotional stability



    Health and Safety Policies



    Students enrolled in the Surgical Technology program of NCTC spend a great deal of time in critical care areas of the program's affiliations, and are therefore exposed to blood-borne pathogens and other dangerous health hazards, such as x-rays and anesthetic gases.  These policy guidelines were created to outline those work-related hazards and to offer specific methods to protect the student during clinical instruction in the operating room suite.  Guidelines are also offered for student responsibilities concerning health-related policies for the program.


    Surgical Technology students will take responsibility for maintenance of their health to enhance their educational experience.  In addition, surgical technology students will meet the requirements of clinical agencies and regulating agencies of the State of Texas. 





    Surgical technology students are required to provide a completed physical examination form prior to admission to the program.  Each student must also provide documentation demonstrating that the student is in compliance with the immunization requirements for students enrolled in health related career education courses as set forth by the Texas Department of Health.





    Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (TDap)

    Booster must have been within the past 10 years.

    Document evidence of immunization

     Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination within last 5 years for all under 30 years of age  Document evidence of vaccination  at least 10 days before NCTC registration

    Flu Shot (Sept.-March)


    Document evidence of immunization

    Measles (Rubeola)


    Titer evidence of immunity



    Titer evidence of immunity



    Titer evidence of immunity

    Varicella (Chicken Pox)


    Titer evidence of immunity

    Hepatitis B


    Titer evidence of immunity

    Tuberculin test  x 2

    or a current IGRA (Blood Test for TB: either Q-Gold or T-Spot);

    Chest X-Ray if skin test reactive plus evidence of reactive skin test

    within past 1 year




    within past 2 years

    Document evidence of negative test




















    Clinical agencies may require additional tests prior to using their facilities.

    Gainful Employment Documentation

    Surgical Technology SOC for 12.0909 (Surgical Technology)


    Gainful Employment Documentation                  July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010

    Surgical Technology Graduates


    On-Time Completion


    On-Time Completion rate



    Surgical Technology Program Projected Expenses (2012-2013)

    (All estimates are approximate only)


    Date Due

    Amount Due

    Pay to


    Entrance Exam Testing



    NCTC Business Office



    For NCTC Registration

    Varies with School

    Previous schools



    (Includes Gen Use and Student Services fees)

    For NCTC Registration

    $49/Sem Hr

    Cooke County Residents

    NCTC Business Office

    Sem 1 =18 hrs

    Sem 2 = 14 hrs

    Sem 3 = 6 hrs


    (Includes Gen Use and Student Services fees)

    For NCTC Registration

    $90/Sem Hr Out of

    Cooke County Residents



    $140Sem Hr Out of

    Texas Residents

    NCTC Business Office

    Sem 1 =18 hrs

    Sem 2 = 14 hrs

    Sem 3 = 6 hrs

    On-Line Course Fee

    For NCTC Registration

    $50 for SRGT 1201/HITT 1205

    NCTC Business Office

    It helps cover additional band width for the online courses.

    Criminal Background Check 

    & Drug Testing

    For NCTC Registration

    Appx $45



    Appx $40

    Included in fees paid to NCTC Business Office


    Lab Fee

    For NCTC Registration

    $24/ Lab


    $168 Total

    Included in fees paid to NCTC Business Office

    Total of 7 Labs

    Malpractice Insurance

    For NCTC Registration

    Appx. $20

    Included in fees paid to NCTC Business Office


    AST membership and Testing

    For NCTC Registration


    Included in fees paid to NCTC Business Office

    Includes CST Exam, AST Membership, Study Guide

    Healthcare Provider CPR card

    Orientation Day


    Hospitals or Fire Dept  


    Accident Insurance

    Orientation Day

    $80 or more

    Insurance Co.

    Student Insurance Available

    Physical Exam

    Orientation Day


    Private Physician

    Use NCTC Form

    TB Test

    Orientation Day

    Varies-$10 at Health Dept

    MD/Public Health Unit


    Hepatitis Series

    Total of 3

    Completed Before Titer

    $85 each =$255


    $20 each at Health Dept.


    Kroger/ Public Health Unit

    Take one, wait a month, take another, wait 4-6 months, get a 3rd, Wait 30 days,get a Titer drawn. An accelerated dosing schedule of 0, 7, 21-30 days and a month 12 booster dose was recently approved by the FDA.

    Positive Titer evidence of immunity

    Orientation Day




    Student choice,

    Price varies with company

    Measles (Rubeola)



    Personal physician,,

    Denton Regional Medical Center Occupational Medicine 940-384-3570







    Varicella (Chicken Pox)


    Bacterial Meningitis 10 days before NCTC registration $10 @ Hlth dept; $130-150 drug store or MD MD/Public Health Unit<
    Required only for those <30 years old



    First Day of class

    Appx. $600

    Bookstore or on-line

     Electronic copies available

    Scrubs-Royal Blue

    First Day of class


    Uniform Shop, Discount Store. on-line

    Minimum of 2 sets, 3 preferred

    White Shoes-2 pair- Lab and OR

    First Day of class

    Varies with student- All white. This is part of a uniform

    Student’s choice

    No clogs, backless or open toe shoes

    Surgical Tech patches

    First Day of class



    One for each uniform top or warm-up jacket

    Passport Quality Photo

    First Day of class


    Walgreen, CVS, Sears

    For CST application

    Printer Paper




    For home computer

    Printer Ink, flash drive




    For home computer

     Personal School Supplies

    First Day of class





    Notebook, dividers, clear page protectors, pencils, pens, highlighters, Most assignments are  required to be turned in on-line

    Poster Assignment

    End of October




    Professional Portfolio

    End of First Semester



    Begin after Letter of Intent

    Feed the Clinical Site

    End of each of 3 semesters

    Varies with student


    Cookies, candy, etc. -you choose

    Adopted Family

    Early December


    Class Treasurer


    Oral Report

    Early February




    Cap and Gown, Tassel

    May 1



    Some are donated by past classes

    Surg Tech Pin

    May 1

    Varies by person-$0-$75

    Various vendors


    Graduation Reception

    May 1

    Varies by class

    Class Treasurer




    Texas Workforce students: Please consult your counselor ASAP re these expenses and required documentation.



    *Please note that tuition and fees may increase at any time.  The estimated cost of the Surgical Technology Program is $3,000-$5,000.



    HITT 1205/1305/SRGT 1201    A Medical Terminology book with on-line access code is mandatory. Please note you must purchase a brand new text book in order to get the included access code. Students must complete Orientation for Online Students before they can log in to Medical Terminology, including passing the test.  Please register for Orientation for Online Student at the same time that you register for HITT 1205/1305/SRGT1201. To complete the orientation please select this link.


    Orientation for Online Student






    1. Students should not portray themselves as Surgical Technologists while enrolled in the program.
    2. North Central Texas College undergraduate surgical technology students who accept positions in which they receive compensation for their employment are not functioning as students in the Surgical Technology program but as paid employees.  They will not wear the uniform with insignia or other indications of their student status.
    3. Students are advised to familiarize themselves with policies of the employing institution so that they will recognize the full scope of their responsibility.  North Central Texas College undergraduate surgical technician students who accept positions for pay must recognize that they may be held legally liable for their actions.
    4. The performance of students when working for compensation is the legal responsibility of the employing agency and the individual student.
    5. The student is responsible for maintaining the required grade point average and should consider the demands of employment upon the student’s time and energies.


    a)     Courses are structured to require a minimum of two (2) hours of preparation for each class hour and laboratory hour.



    b)     In order to meet the demands of the course work, it is recommended that students do not exceed 20 hours employment each week.



    Department of Health Sciences