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Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who work under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures.  A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

The Surgical Technology program is co-sponsored by Walters State and Roane State Community Colleges through the Smoky Mountain Health Sciences Consortium. The program consists of five semesters of full-time study which includes lecture classes held at the Oak Ridge Campus via distance delivery from Walters State Community College Sevierville campus and supervised clinical coursework in an operating room. Labs are conducted on the Oak Ridge campus.

Applicants for the program may begin working on the general education courses at any time.  The professional courses must be taken in sequence and are offered only at the Oak Ridge Branch Campus except for the clinical courses.  The program is affiliated with several area hospitals and each student will be assigned to a variety of clinical sites during the two years of clinical coursework. Clinical experiences may include evening rotations.

Applicants to the Surgical Technology Program must:

  1. Review and complete all admissions requirements as listed in the Allied Health Sciences Admissions policies.
  2. Complete BIOL 2010 and 2020 as part of the 9 credit hours of general education courses required for admission to the program.
  3. If selected, participate in an interview process with Surgical Technology program representatives.

For additional information, review the Surgical Technology Web page.

The Smokey Mountain Health Sciences Consortium will pursue accreditation by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education programs (CAAHEP). Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the certification examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting upon the program receiving accreditation.

This first group of classes may be taken prior to being accepted into the program.

ENGL 1010* Composition I 3
SPCH 1010 Fund. of Speech Communication 3
MATH   General Education Math 3
BIOL 2010* Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIOL 2230 Microbiology 4
PSYC 1030 General Psychology OR  
PSYC 2130 Lifespan Psychology 3
ALH 1010 Intro to Health-related Professions1 3
    Humanities Elective


*Course must be taken and completed with a grade of "C" or better before an applicant will be considered for admission to the program.

Courses to be taken upon official acceptance to the program:

First Year  
HIT 107 Medical Terminology1 3
SURG 1002 Orientation to Surgical Technology 1
SURG 1005 Surgical Technology and Pharmacology 3
SURG 1010 Surgical Tech & Patient Care I 3
SURG 1011 Surgical Tech & Patient Care Lab I 1
SURG 2010 Surgical Micro and Asepsis 3
SURG 1020 Surgical Tech and Patient Care II 3
SURG 1021 Surgical Tech and Patient Care Lab II 1
SURG 2900 Clinical Practicum 1
          First Year Total 19
Second Year
SURG 2020 Surgical Procedures I 3
SURG 2901 Clinical Practicum II 2
SURG 2030 Surgical Procedures II 3
SURG 2902 Clinical Practicum III 3
          Second Year Total 11

1 An open enrollment course available to any student interested in a healthcare profession.

Program Deadline:  May 15

Students pursuing this option will be advised by the Allied Health Sciences Division.

This program is designed for students who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation.  It is not designed for students who intend to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.

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