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.
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.
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 Nursing and the Dean of Students.
An acceptable level of discipline-specific competency may need to be demonstrated prior to readmission. A student with previous unsatisfactory clinical performance must be recommended for readmission by consensus of the program faculty.
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 Smoky Mountain Consortium 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 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). 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||Term Taken||Grade|
|COMM||2025||Fundamentals of Communication||3|
|ALH||1010||Introduction to Health Professions||3|
|BIOL||2010||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||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 II||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 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.