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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.

Admission Policies for Allied Health Sciences A.A.S. Degrees

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.

1st Fall   Hours
ENGL 1010 Composition I 3
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Speech 3
ALH 1010 Introduction to Health Professions 3
BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MATH 1530 Probability and Statistics (Recommended) OR
MATH 1130, 1630, 1730, or higher level content math course
Action Items    
  Oct Meet with Success Coach or Advisor  
Complete FAFSA for upcoming fall term
  Nov Register for next term  
1st Spring   Hours
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIOL 2230 Microbiology 4
PSYC 1030 General Psychology (Recommended) OR
PSYC 2130 Life Span Psychology
PHIL 121 Elementary Ethics (Recommended) OR
Humanities Elective
Action Items    
  Feb Complete Surgical Tech Application in Raidernet  
  Mar Meet with Success Coach or Advisor  
  April Register for next term  

Courses to be taken upon official acceptance to the program:

2nd Fall   Hours
HIT 107 Medical Terminology1 3
SURG 1002 Orientation to Surgical Tech 1
SURG 1005 Surgical Tech and Pharmacology 3
Action Items    
  Oct Meet with Faculty Advisor
Complete FAFSA for upcoming fall term
  Nov Register for Spring and Summer terms  
2nd Spring   Hours
SURG 1010 Surgical Tech and Patient Care I 3
SURG 1011 Surgical Tech and Patient Care Lab I 1
SURG 2010 Surgical Microbiology and Asepsis 3
Action Items    
  Mar Meet with Faculty Advisor  
  April Register for Fall term  
2nd Summer   Hours
SURG 1020 Surgical Tech and Patient Care II 3
SURG 1021 Surgical Tech and Patient Care Lab II 1
SURG 2900 Clinical Practicum I 1
3rd Fall   Hours
SURG 2020 Surgical Procedures I 3
SURG 2901 Clinical Practicum II 2
Action Items    
  Sept Complete Intent to Graduate with Faculty Advisor  
  Oct Meet with Faculty Advisor  
  Nov Register for next term  
3rd Spring   Hours
SURG 2030 Surgical Procedures II 3
SURG 2902 Clinical Practicum III 3
Action Items    
  Feb Take Exit Exam (ETS Proficiency Profile)   
  Mar Begin job search using RaiderRecruit   

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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