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 Private Vocational Institution with 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

Surgical Technology, AOS

  • 91% pass rates on certification exams (2014)
  • 54.55% placement rate (2014)
  • 1,125 hrs of hands-on time (clinical)
  • Small clinical groups
  • Clinical experience had 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 the hospital’s 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.

A Surgical Technologist is accurate and sets 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 AOS Degree in Surgical Technology

  • Daytime, fulltime—Monday through Friday
  • Complete in 18 months (after prerequisite requirements)
  • Graduate with your Associate of Occupational Science 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

Currently accepting applications for the January 2015 session.

  • 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
Candidates must complete 14 credits to include two sciences and two other prerequisites with a "C" or better to apply.

ALL courses must be completed prior to beginning the Surgical Technology Program in January.

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

Math for Allied Health

3 credits

Medical Terminology*

3 credits

Fine Art Elective

 3 credits 


27 credits

For transcripts reviews, please join us for an Academic Planning and Information Session.

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

* Some Nursing courses can be substituted for the medical terminology requirement.  Please contact Jennie Pond, Admission Recruiter, at if you have questions.  

Preadmission Testing Requirement
The TEAS V 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 August 31, 2014.  Submit your application, your college transcripts and the $85 non-refundable administrative processing fee.

2. TEAS V for Allied Health test must be completed and submitted by August 31, 2014.

3. You will be notified of the status of your application by September 15, 2014.  When all application requirements are completed your interview will be scheduled.

4. Interviews will take place the first week of October 2014

5. Decisions will be rendered and applicants will be notified by October 15, 2014.

6. If accepted, the non-refundable class deposit of $100, which will be credited to your tuition the day you start, is due by November 15, 2014.

7. ALL official transcripts for all general education course requirements due by January 1, 2015Students 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.

Total Program Tuition = $16,511 (48 credits; includes certification exam fee)
Uniform costs = approx. $150
Book costs (new) = $288-393