Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

1361 Park St., Clearwater, FL 33756

Tel: 727.210.2350

and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

Certified to operate an institution of postsecondary education in Virginia by The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

Affliate Member of The Association of Surgical Technologists

Meets the Standards of the

National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting


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Surgical Technology


  • 92% pass rate on certification exams (2014-2015 academic year)
  • 100% placement rate (2014-2015 academic year)
  • 80% retention rate (2014-2015 academic year)
  • 1,125 hrs of hands-on clinical time
  • Small clinical groups
  • Enrollment: 21 (2015-16 academic year)
  • Clinical experience in some of the most highly technologically advanced settings


The Surgical Technology Program began in the early 1950s in response to the need for qualified individuals to work in hospital operating rooms. As a Surgical Technologist you will be responsible for working with the surgeons, anesthesiologists, and the circulating nurses to prepare the operating room with equipment, instruments, and supplies for any operative procedure; anticipating and providing for the needs of the surgeon; maintaining aseptic technique during the procedure; and preparing the instruments for reprocessing.

Surgical Technologists are accurate and set high standards of practice. They must possess a high degree of manual dexterity, good eye-hand coordination, and be adaptable to changing technology in a fast-paced environment. Individuals who choose the surgical technology profession are deeply committed to quality patient-focused care and working as a team member in a highly specialized area.

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About the Associate Degree in Surgical Technology

  • Daytime, fulltime—Monday through Friday
  • Program is offered every August
  • Graduate with your Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology Degree and be eligible to sit for your CST certification exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA)
  • Enjoy priority placement within the Sentara Healthcare System

Admission Requirements

  • All coursework must be completed with a “C-” or higher from an accredited institution.
  • Sentara College does not expire general education courses.
  • General education courses are not offered at Sentara College.

General Education Requirements
(General Education Requirements subject to change without notice.)

Applicants must complete Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab, one other science, and 2 other courses from the required pre-requisites with a “C-” or better to apply.

All remaining general education courses must be completed prior to beginning the program.

College Level Requirement


Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab

4 credits

Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab

4 credits

Microbiology w/lab

4 credits

English Composition I

3 credits

Intro to Psychology OR Sociology

3 credits

College Algebra

3 credits

Fine Art Elective

 3 credits 


24 credits

For transcripts reviews, please join us for an Academic Planning and Information Session or Walk-in Transcript Evaluation.

Any foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES approved organization first.
Please click here for information on local college general education equivalents.

Preadmission Testing Requirement
The ATI TEAS for Allied Health is required for consideration into the Surgical Technology Program. For more information about this test and how to prepare for and register please click here.

Admission Process

  1. Deadline to apply is May 15 of the year of enrollment. Submit your application, your college transcripts, and the $85 non-refundable application processing fee.  
  2. ATI TEAS for Allied Health test must be completed and submitted by May 15.
  3. Decisions will be rendered and applicants will be notified by June 1
  4. If accepted, a required non-refundable fee of $100 is due by June 15.
  5. ALL official transcripts for all general education course requirements due by August 1Students will not be allowed to start classes unless the College has official transcripts.

Advanced Placement for the Surgical Technology Program

Eligibility Requirements:

Those applicants who attended an accredited (ABHES or CAAHEP) Surgical Technology Program, but did not finish. 

Please note: All coursework is subject to review and is not guaranteed to transfer.

For full details on Advanced Placement in the Surgical Technology Program please see our Catalog.

Tuition and Fees

  • In-state and out-of-state tuition, fees, and expenses are the same
  • Financial aid is available for those who qualify. GI Bill and VA benefits can also be used. Please see our Financial Aid page for more information
  • Additional expenses such as uniforms/shoes, textbooks, supplies, parking, immunizations, BLS certification, and hospital ID badge are the responsibility of the student. Detailed information on these items will be distributed at Registration

Please note: Tuition and Fees are subject to change without notice.

Effective August 2017

  • Surgical Technology Program - Total Program cost is $21,983 for tuition and fees. Includes registry exam fee. A total of 54 credit hours at $350 per credit hour.

    Uniform costs and new book costs are approximately $1,050
    Required non-refundable fee of $100 upon acceptance to reserve a seat

Student Success - Surgical Technology Program

Academic Year 2012-2013*   2013-2014** 2014-2015** 
Placement Rate (1) 89% 90% 100%
Graduation Rate (2) 73% 85% 80%
National Exam Pass Rate (3) 100% 91% 92%


All data presented here was reported to ARCSTSA in March 2016.


(1) The percent of graduates who are placed in the related field of study by August 11th of the year following graduation. (It may take 3-5 months for our graduates to actually get placed, so this represents only the 3 months after graduation.) This rate is calculated by taking the total number of graduates placed divided by the total number of graduates minus number of graduates unavailable for placement due to medical issues, active duty military service, or continuing education.

(2) Total students in the class who graduated as reported to ARC/STSA.

(3) The total percentage of graduates who pass the licensure or certification exam on their first attempt.

* Diploma program

** Associate of Occupational Science