Surgical Technology


Surgical Technology prepares an individual to serve as a member of the surgical team to assist the surgeon in providing optimum patient outcomes. The program includes all aspects of surgery including the roll of second assistant and circulator. Graduates of the Surgical Technology Program will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology.

Progression:  To meet graduation requirements for this program, students must successfully complete the specified courses listed below with a “C” average (GPA of 2.0) or better. A grade of “C” or higher is required in each SUT courses to progress in the program.

Minimum admission requirements (in addition to general admission requirements) must include one of the following:

  • Attain a National ACT composite score of 16
  • ACCUPLACER NG Reading Score of 251; and ACCUPLACER NG Arithmetic Score of 251
  • Completion of 29/30 semester hours of general education prerequisite coursework with a “C” average or above at an accredited college or university
    Cumulative GPA of 2.00 (“C” average) on college course work
  • Participate in a mandatory SUT information session. The mandatory information session will be scheduled for the prospective student only after all other requirements have been met. Students will receive notice from the Registrar’s Office about scheduling their information session.

The SUT Admissions Committee will select each year’s class from the pool of applicants who meet minimum admission requirements. Any application with incomplete records will not be considered for admission. The admission process is competitive, and completion of  requirements is not a guarantee of admission. Priority consideration for admission will be given as follows:

  1. In-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC;
  2. Out-of-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC;
  3. Mississippi residents who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework elsewhere;
  4. Out-of-state students. Check with the Health Education Advisor for selection details and deadlines.

After program admission and prior to beginning of classes, all students must complete a physical examination, supply a record of Measles/Mumps/ Rubella (MMR) immunization,  proof of Hepatitis B (HBV) vaccination (or present a physician’s statement that this vaccination is not advisable) and proof of Varicella Vaccination(or present a physician’s statement that this vaccination is not advisable). In addition, after classes begin, all students must present evidence of CPR certification, submit to a random drug screening, complete Mantoux TwoStep Tuberculosis (TB) skin test and complete an annual Flu Vaccination.

All students admitted into the program will be required to pay for fingerprinting and a background check, which will be performed after admission and prior to clinical laboratories. These fees will be attached as registration fees. There are certain convictions that will prevent an individual from being eligible to participate in clinical experiences. If a student is unable to participate in clinical experiences, he/she will be dismissed from the program. For additional information, contact the Health Education Advisor.

Students in MCC's Surgical Technology Program must attend MCC full-time (12 or more semester credit hours).

Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. The selection process is competitive. The general education courses listed below are recommended (except for English Comp I – it is REQUIRED) and are considered when selecting each class and may be taken to increase competitiveness:

PRIOR TO ADMISSION (Program Pre-Requisites)
Course Number Course Description Hours
BIO 2513 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO 2511 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
BIO 2523 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO 2521 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
MAT 1313 College Algebra OR Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1314, 1233, or 1234) 3
  Semester Hours 14
Course Number Course Description Hours
SUT 1113 Fundamentals of Surgical Technology 3
SUT 1216 Principles of Surgical Technique 6
SUT 1314 Surgical Anatomy 4
SUT 1413 Surgical Microbiology 3
SUT 1911 Seminar 1
- Social Behavioral Science 3
  Semester Hours 20
Course Number Course Description Hours
SUT 1518 Basic and Related Surgical Procedures 8
SUT 1528 Specialized Surgical Procedures 8
SUT 1921 Seminar 1
SPT 1113 or 2173 Public Speaking OR Interpersonal Communications 3
  Semester Hours 20
Course Number Course Description Hours
SUT 1538 Advanced Surgical Procedures 8
- Humanities/Fine Arts 3
  Semester Hours 11
Total Hours Required 65

*Electives must be approved by program advisor. If seeking the Associate of Applied Science degree, it is required that students complete all academics prior to entering the program.

NOTE: Students must attain at least a "C" grade in all Surgical Technology and required academic courses to remain in the program.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
727.210.2350 Outbound Link

Program Retention Data
Admitted Students Total Students Enrolled Total # Student Graduated Total Percentage Graduated National Threshold Benchmark
7/31/2020 10 10 8 80% 70%
Outcomes Assessment Exam Results
Completion Date # of Students Graduated Total Students Who took the Exam Total # of Students Who Passed the CST Exam % of Students who passed the CST Exam National Threshold Benchmark
7/31/2018 8 8 6 75% 70%


MCC’s Surgical Technology program is a program that meets the education requirements for a surgical technology certificate in MS, and qualifies graduates to take the Certified Surgical Technologist Exam for certification.

Determinations about whether the Surgical Technology program at MCC meets the state education requirements for US States, Territories, and the District of Columbia can be found at Professional Licensure & State Authorization Program Determination Disclosure. Outbound Link

  • Surgical Assistants
  • Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)
  • Certified Surgical Technologist-First Assistant (CST-FSA)
  • Surgical Anatomy
  • Surgical Microbiology
  • Specialized Surgical Procedures
  • $51,510 (Bureau of Labor Statistics) 


For more informationFor more information:
Paul Ford, coordinator
For more informationFor more information:
Aisha Robertson, pre-health advisor