The Surgical Technologists is a crucial member of an operative team whose primary focus is on surgical procedures. The Surgical Tech is responsible for the layout and opening of operating room equipment and surgical instrumentation, including maintaining control of the sterile field during surgery. Surgical Technologists anticipate the needs of the surgeon, handle instrumentation, assist by handling tissue, maintaining counts, and providing wound exposure within the operative area. The program curriculum will include course work in the supporting sciences, general education areas, and core courses.
This curriculum guide will assist those interested in a career in Surgical Technology. It includes information about the college, ST program application requirements, a sample academic program plan, how to get started, and contact information. The Jefferson Community and Technical College Surgical Technology Program is offered at the Downtown Campus near the heart of the Louisville Medical Center, in the Health Sciences Hall Building (HSH).
ARCSTSA/ NBSTSA Outcomes Assessment Exam (OAE) / CERTIFICATION
|OAE Pass Rate
|2015-16||12||12||10 of 12 first attempt 83.5%|
|2016-17||12||12||11 of 12 first attempt 92%|
|2017-18||19||19||16 of 19 first attempt 84%|
Surgical Technology graduate full time employment rate
|Graduate year||Graduates||Employed prior to Graduation||Employed 1-6 months of graduation||Employment Percentage within 6 months of graduation|
|2015-16||12||12/ All with full Scholarship opportunities||12||100%|
|2016-17||12||10/All with full Scholarship opportunities||12||100%|
|2017-18||19||19/ 16 with scholarship opportunities||19||100%|
|2018-19||14||12/ 14 with scholarship opportunities||TBD||TBD|
Email is the preferred form of contact. The majority of faculty & staff hours involve clinical rotation, with limited or no phone contact during that time. An email ensures the program not only receives your request, but also maintains a record of contact.
Surgical Technology Program /Allied Health Division
Jefferson Community and Technical College
109 E. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
All meetings will be held at the Health Science Hall building (HSH), Room 269, at 9:00am
Spring 2020 Preadmission Conference Dates
Spring 2021 Preadmission Conference Dates
Dates for Pre Admission Conferences are subject to change, please check this website and/ or contact the program director for updates. Preadmission conferences are available for anyone interested in the program; there are no requirements to attend a conference. It is recommended any student interested in the program bring an unofficial copy of their current transcripts for reference. Attending at least one preadmissions conference is required to apply to the program.
Note: The last pre-admission conference scheduled in May, is past the May 1st application deadline. This conference is primarily designed to provide information for students seeking program details and course assistance for the upcoming year. Attending a late conference to include a late application will place any applicant in a secondary pool.
Information for college admission & how to begin the process of applying to the program
If you are seeking information outside of the pre-admission conference timeline, no problem, reach out to the director of the program and request a meeting. (The program often holds four or more advising meetings during the summer and fall semesters to assist student with information).
*IMPORTANT* for any student wishing to apply to the Surgical Technology Program for that year, you must attend at least one pre-admissions conference. Pre-admission conferences for Surgical Technology include the application packets and information regarding how to complete the application process. Pre-admission conferences are the only place to collect an application packet for the Surgical Technology program, and is a requirement.
Senate rule requirements, application process & deadlines, selection process, post-admission requirements & deadlines
THE ADMISSION PROCESS - the following information will describe the requirements to apply to the Surgical Technology program. It is important to remember the program is selective admission, meaning all of the application requirements must be completed properly in order for your application to be considered by the Surgical Technology selective committee. The application, its accompanying requirements and documentation, are available during the Surgical Technology preadmissions conferences.
APPLICATION DEADLINE - Students must submit to the Academic Program Coordinator, a completed Surgical Technology Application for Admission, to include all appropriate credentials, no later than May 1st of that year (3pm EST), in order to be considered by the Surgical Technology Selective Admissions Committee. In the event May 1st falls on a weekend, the student has until 3:00 pm the next business day to submit the required documentations.
The application and appropriate credentials are to be submitted in the envelope provided at the pre-admissions conference, with your NAME, ADDRESS, SCHOOL EMAIL, STUDENT ID #, & PHONE #, clearly written in the center of the envelope. All required paperwork must be submitted at the same time. In the event of an incomplete application packet, student applications will not be reviewed for admittance into the program. Any Student wishing to apply to the program must complete all prerequisite courses outlined in the APP for Surgical Technology, prior to the fall semester start of the program.
DO NOT mail your application unless otherwise instructed to do so (you live out of state for example, and have made arrangements with the program director); the college is NOT responsible for lost, stolen, or misplaced applications, no matter the postmark date. It is strongly advised you make arrangements with the program director to hand deliver your application to confirm delivery.
THE SELECTION PROCESS - All applications received by the May 1st 3pm deadline will be reviewed for appropriate credentialing. The Surgical Technology Admissions Committee will determine the qualified applicant pool based on the minimum requirements for admission established by the Senate Rules of the Community and Technical College System. Enrollment in the Surgical Technology Program is currently limited to 20 students per cohort, per year.
The Surgical Technology Admissions Committee gives preference to:
Selecting Surgical Technology Students
The POINT SYSTEM will be used to rank each applicant in the qualifying pool. (See Sample Curriculum & Course Sequence of this guide) The Admissions Committee will recommend for acceptance the students who have earned the highest total number of points and/or preference to the above stated. In the event of a tie, GPA will be used to rank ordered. The president of the college or the president’s designee will approve students for the Surgical Technology Program after considering recommendations from the Surgical Technology Admissions Committee. Late applications are reviewed at the discretion of the Surgical Technology Program Director & Admissions Committee, and selected only in the event that less than a full cohort of students have been admitted to the program. A new cohort begins once each fall semester.
The Surgical Technology Admissions Committee normally assembles within two weeks after the deadline date (May 1st), and selects the program applicants for the fall semester of that year. Selected applicants are notified via Email concerning acceptance status. Accepted students must reply via signed documentation, and will receive a meeting date for an admissions conference, normally held the third or fourth week of June. An applicant not selected during the initial selection process due to scoring, late application, and/or summer course requirements, may be contacted post selection process in the event a selected student from that year denies admittance or fails to meet the acceptance requirements.
POST ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS - ALL accepted applicants MUST respond to the acceptance email via the return of a conformation letter by the posted deadline. Students accepted into the Surgical Technology Program are required to attend a program orientation session prior to the beginning of the fall semester (June). At that time, students will receive a Surgical Technology Program Student Handbook and will be informed of all program policies and procedures. Brief summaries of post admission health/immunity, financial, and academic requirements are listed below:
Career requirements to consider when working as a Surgical Technologist
Surgical Technology Students, and career graduates, work in a very fast paced, demanding, hands-on environment. In order to ensure the success of our graduates, all applicants must possess and be able to demonstrate the following:
|Course list||Course Details or Suggestions||Required Credit Hours|
|College & Academic success||FYE 105 Will meet this requirement
Transfer students are not required to take this course
|Computer Digital Literacy||CIT 105 or DLC 100 Will meet this requirement/ or an IC3 Exam of 80% or higher||3|
|Written Communication||ENG 101 or ENG 105 Will meet this requirement||3|
|Quantitative Reasoning||MAT 110 or Higher Will meet this requirement||3|
|Heritage/Humanities||Any Heritage/Humanities course listed on the KCTCS catalog (pg 74-78)
Will meet this requirement
|Social/Behavioral Sciences||Any Social/Behavioral Sciences course listed on the KCTCS catalog (pg 74-78) Will meet this requirement||3|
|Human Anatomy & Physiology I||BIO 137 Anatomy & Physiology I Will meet this requirement||4-5|
|Human Anatomy & Physiology II||BIO 139 Anatomy & Physiology II Will meet this requirement||3|
|Medical Terminology||CLA 131 or AHS115 or MIT 105 Medical Terminology Will meet this requirement||0-3|
BIO 118 or BIO 225 or BIO 226 or BIO 227 Microbiology Will meet this requirement
HST 122 may course substitute for this requirement at Jefferson only
|Course list||Course Details or Suggestions||Required Credit Hours|
HST 121 may course substitute for this requirement at Jefferson only (may be taken as pre-req)
|Surgical Technology Fundamentals/Theory||SUR 100||12|
|Surgical Technology Fundamentals Lab||SUR 101||1|
|Surgical Technology Skills Practicum I||SUR 125||2|
|Surgical Technology Advanced Theory||SUR 200||9|
|Surgical Technology Skills Practicum II||SUR 201||6|
|Surgical Technology Advanced Clinical Practicum||SUR 275||2|
|Course #||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|First Year - Fall||3|
|FYE 105||Achieving Academic Success
(Required for all new first year students)
|MAT 110||Applied Mathematics||3|
|ENG 101||Writing I||3|
|BIO 137||Human Anatomy & Physiology I||4|
|CPR||CPR (The American Heart Association/ healthcare provider only)||1|
|Credit Hours per Semester||11-14|
|First Year - Spring|
|BIO 139||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
|AHS 115||Medical Terminology||3|
|CIT 105||Introduction to Computer||3|
|Credit Hours per Semester||15|
|First Year - Summer|
|BIO 118||Medical Microbiology||3-5|
|Social/ Behavioral Science (See Catalog Pg. 75-76)||3|
|Heritage/Humanities Course (See Catalog Pg. 75-76)||3|
|Credit Hours per Semester||9-11|
|2nd Year - Fall|
|SUR 100||Surgical Technology Fundamentals/Theory||12|
|SUR 101||Surgical Technology Fundamentals/Lab||1|
|SUR 125||Surgical Technology Skills Practicum I||2|
|Credit Hours per Semester||17|
|2nd Year - Spring|
|SUR 200||Surgical Technology Advanced Theory||9|
|SUR 201||Surgical Technology Skills Practicum II||6|
|SUR 275||Surgical Technology Advanced Clinical Practicum||2|
|Credit Hours per Semester||17|
|Total Credits AAS Surgical Technology||69-74|
Jefferson Community & Technical College is an Equal Opportunity Institution. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is committed to a policy of providing educational opportunities to all qualified students regardless of economic or social status, and will not discriminate based on race, color, sex, marital status, beliefs, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability. Educational programs or activities as set forth in Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.