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 includes lecture classes held at the Oak Ridge 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 at the Oak Ridge Branch Campus except for the clinical courses. The program is affiliated with several area hospitals. Students will be assigned to a clinical affiliate to complete their required clinical rotations. Clinical rotations are part of the educational experience, and students will work under the direction and supervision of hospital staff while at their assigned facility. Clinical experiences may include evening rotations.
Due to limited enrollment, there are special admission policies for the Surgical Technology Program.
All students meeting minimum criteria will be considered competitively, MEETING MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ACCEPTANCE. Preference will be given to Tennessee residents.
Criminal Background Checks
Criminal background checks and drug screening are a requirement at affiliated clinical sites utilized for training in healthcare related programs. Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This would result in your inability to successfully complete the requirements of the program. Students will be responsible for the costs of the background check. Additionally, a criminal background may preclude certification with licensure or employment. More information is available from your program director.
Complete required physical exam/health verification prior to enrollment. Students will be responsible for the cost of the physical examination and required immunizations and/or testing.
Students will be required to meet all health guidelines of affiliated clinical agencies including current AHA CPR for healthcare provider. Personal health insurance may be required by some agencies. Students are highly encouraged to carry personal health insurance and are responsible for costs incurred due to injury or illness while enrolled.
Program Application Deadline
In order for applicants to have priority consideration for entrance into the Surgical Technology Program for the following fall semester, applications should be submitted prior to the published deadline, which is March 31.
Incomplete applications will not be processed. Any applications received after the published application deadline may be considered by the Program Director on a space available basis. It is the student’s responsibility to assure that all records and documentation are received by the appropriate department by the published application deadline.
Students that do not meet minimum requirements may be considered for conditional acceptance status on a space-available basis.
A student must maintain the following standards or he/she will be dismissed from his/her respective program.
The RSCC policy of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions applies to all students regardless of the program in which they are enrolled. In cases where alcohol and drug violations occur, disciplinary action, as well as the decision whether to test for alcohol or drugs, will be processed through the Dean of Health Sciences and the Dean of Students.
Note: The Program Director will verify that all readmission documents including licensure/credentials are current and valid. Meeting Minimum Requirements Does Not Guarantee Acceptance. Preference will be given to Tennessee residents.
Successful admission and completion of the Surgical Technology program does not guarantee state or national licensure or registration to practice as there may be additional state/national criteria required for attainment of various allied health licenses/certifications.
For additional information, review the Surgical Technology Web page.
The Smokey Mountain Health Sciences Consortium (a surgical technology program co-sponsored by Walter's State and Roane State Community Colleges) is accredited 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). The Roane State Community College Surgical Technology program is pursuing independant 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 from an accredited program will be eligible to take the certification examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
|1st Fall||Hours||Term Taken||Grade|
|COMM||2025||Fundamentals of Communication||3|
|ALH||1010||Introduction to Health Professions||3|
|BIOL||2010||Human Anatomy and Physiology I1,2||4|
|Oct||Meet with Success Coach or Advisor
Complete FAFSA for upcoming fall term
|Nov||Register for next term|
|BIOL||2020||Human Anatomy and Physiology II1,2||4|
|PSYC||1030||Introduction to Psychology (Recommended) OR
PSYC 2130 Lifespan Development Psychology
|PHIL||1040||Introduction to Ethics (Recommended) OR
|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:
|SURG||1002||Orientation to Surgical Tech||1|
|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|
|Oct||Meet with Faculty Advisor
Complete FAFSA for upcoming fall term
|Nov||Register for Spring and Summer terms|
|SURG||1020||Surgical Tech and Patient Care II||3|
|SURG||1021||Surgical Tech and Patient Care II Lab||1|
|SURG||1005||Surgical Tech and Pharmacology||3|
|Mar||Meet with Faculty Advisor|
|April||Register for Fall term|
|SURG||2020||Surgical Procedures I||3|
|SURG||2900||Clinical Practicum I||1|
|SURG||2901||Clinical Practicum II||2|
|Sept||Complete Application for Graduation|
|Oct||Meet with Faculty Advisor|
|Nov||Register for next term|
|SURG||2030||Surgical Procedures II||3|
|SURG||2902||Clinical Practicum III||3|
|Feb||Take Exit Exam (ETS Proficiency Profile)|
|Mar||Begin job search using RaiderRecruit|
1 Course must be taken and completed with a grade of "C" or better before an applicant will be considered for admission to the program.
2 Science courses more than 10 years old by the application deadline will not be considered.
3 An open enrollment course available to any student interested in a healthcare profession. Can be taken prior to acceptance into the Surgical Technology program.
Program application deadline: March 31st for the following fall semester.
Students pursuing this option will be advised by the Surgical Technology Instructors.
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.