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Surgical Technology


Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology (with Central Ohio Technical College)

The Surgical Technology program is a clinically oriented program, designed to provide students with the general and technical education to function as safe, competent surgical technologists. Surgical technologists are allied health professionals, who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. The Surgical Technology program is a joint effort between Hocking College and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). This two year associate degree program is four semesters in length with the technical portion of the program beginning each autumn semester. The program is designed for full-time enrollment with classes offered during the daytime and evening at the Hocking campus. The surgical technology theory courses are online.

After successfully completing three semesters of the Surgical Technology Program, the student will receive a one year certificate verifying completion of an Accredited Surgical Technology Program. This certificate provides students the opportunity to work as a surgical technologist while completing fourth and final semester of the program to earn their associate degree.

Requirements for Acceptance into Surgical Technology

Students are accepted into the Surgical Technology on a space-available basis (by date of admission file completion) after meeting the following criteria:

  • Complete the Hocking College admission application and submit the application fee.
  • Complete the Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) online application and submit the non-refundable application fee to be accepted as a student at COTC.
  • Submit a copy of your COTC acceptance letter to Hocking College Admissions Processing, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764.
  • Complete Hocking College course placement assessment (ASSET, COMPASS and/or ACT) and achieve scores which would place you into college-level course work (i.e., Communications II, Algebra, and “No Reading Needed”).   Scores are valid for four years.  Students have the opportunity to take the placement assessment a total of three times.  The ACCUPLACER test can be taken on the Hocking College campus.  If you do not achieve the required scores after the first test, you should speak to the Surgical Technology program coordinator.  Recommendations for remediation will be given.  If you are unsuccessful after testing three times, you may take the developmental courses required by your score.  It is required that these courses be taken at Hocking College. If you choose to take the developmental courses you do not have to retake the ACCUPLACER. Completion of the required course work meets the entrance requirement.
  • Complete all prerequisite courses for all surgical technology program courses listed on the program plan of study with a grade C or better.
  • Have all GED, high school, community college and university official transcripts sent to Hocking College and Central Ohio Technical College along with proof of course waiver of placement courses. To ensure you receive all transfer credits at both schools please have your transcripts sent separately to each school: Hocking College Admissions Processing, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764 and Central Ohio Technical College, 1179 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055.
  • Complete the ATI TEAS 5.0 selection exam by registering for a testing date at COTC, online through one of these websites or
  • Attend a mandatory Surgical Technology Information meeting provided by the COTC program faculty (valid for 12 months).
  • Have a Federal (FBI) Background Check done (BCI background checks are not acceptable) and have the results sent directly to Hocking College, Yvette Johnson - Davidson Hall 309, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764.
  • Have a physical examination and have the completed form sent to Hocking College, Darlene Tipple - Davidson Hall 309, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764.
  • Have a nine (9) panel drug screen and have the results sent to Hocking College, Darlene Tipple - Davidson Hall 309, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764.
  • Obtain CPR Certification for the Healthcare provider (CPR Pro/First Aid for HealthCare Provider - EM 1134).
  • Complete the Surgical Technology Application form and have it postmarked no later than application deadline of June 15th.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts of pharmacology;
  • Apply basic understanding of human physiology and surgical anatomy and use of appropriate medical terminology;
  • Demonstrate theoretical and practical proficiency in surgical aseptic technique, surgical procedures and patient care;
  • Demonstrate ability to practice independent clinical judgments under the supervision of the surgeon or Registered Nurse;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of instrumentation and use in surgical procedures;
  • Communicate effectively with clients, families and significant others and members of the surgical team;
  • Practice within the legal and ethical boundaries of the role of the surgical technologist; and,
  • Accept responsibility for continuing professional and personal growth.



Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology in Collaboration with Central Ohio Technical College

Course of Study

For students entering May 2013

COURSE NO.FIRST SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
GS-1000HC Cornerstone1.000.001.00$40.00
STCT-1131Basic Surgical Technology5.000.005.00$26.00
ST-1184Basic Surgical Technology Lab0.009.003.00$175.00
ENGL-1122English Composition I3.000.003.00$40.00
BIOS-1113Anatomy and Physiology I3.002.004.00$75.00
HLTH-1101Medical Terminology2.000.002.00$20.00
COURSE NO.SECOND SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
STCT-1133Surgical Procedures I4.000.004.00$5.00
ST-1186Surgical Procedures I-Clin.0.0015.003.00
STCT-1135Pharmacology for The Surgical Tech1.000.001.00$5.00
BIOS-1114Anatomy and Physiology II3.002.004.00$75.00
MATH-1113College Algebra4.000.004.00$40.00
COURSE NO.THIRD SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
STCT-1137Surgical Procedures II3.000.003.00$40.00
ST-1188Surgical Procedures II-Clin.0.0020.003.00
ENGL-2123English Composition II: Contemp Issues3.000.003.00$40.00
COURSE NO.FOURTH SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
STCT-2231Adv Practice & Specialty Surg Procedures3.000.003.00
ST-2284Advanced Practice & Specialty Surgery Procedures - Clinical0.0015.003.00
STCT-2233Professional Trends & Issues- Surgical Tech Seminar3.000.003.00
COMM-1154Interpersonal Communication3.000.003.00$15.00
PSYC-1101General Psychology3.000.003.00$15.00


Hocking College reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.

Career Opportunities

Surgical technologists are employed in hospital operating rooms, labor and delivery rooms, cast rooms in emergency departments, endoscopy centers, surgery centers, ambulatory care areas, sterile processing departments, and plastic surgeons offices. They also work as equipment vendors. Medical equipment, surgical equipment and instrument manufacturers recruit experienced surgical technologists as sales representatives.

Experienced surgical technologists also advance their role in surgery by becoming a Surgical First Assistant to the surgeon. The Certified Surgical Technologist can also earn a Bachelor of Science degree in healthcare management utilizing transfer credits earned through the surgical technology Associate Degree program to achieve careers in management of departments like sterile processing.

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Hocking College

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3301 Hocking Parkway
Nelsonville, OH 45764

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