About Our Surgical Technology Program

Surgical Technology by the Numbers

  • 2.5: minimum GPA to be eligible to apply
  • 18: months to complete our program
  • 30: up to 30 applicants accepted each application period
  • 50–75: average number of prospective students who apply to our program each application period
  • $5,733: approximate cost of the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) program

Our Mission

To prepare graduates who are excellent and ethical surgical technologists with qualities needed to provide exceptional compassionate and caring patient care.

How Our Program Works

Time Commitment

You need to commit to full-time schedule for 2 years (60 credit hours).

Part-time, weekend, and distance learning are not available.

Clinical Case Requirement

Surgical rotations are a mandatory component of our program.

You must complete 120 cases—including general, specialty, and endoscopic surgical procedures.

Our surgical technology program is required to verify your progress in the scrub role in surgical procedures that increase in complexity as you move toward entry-level graduate competency.


Program courses, labs, and clinics are generally held Monday through Thursday between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Clinics may start as early as 6 a.m. and possibly include afternoon or evening rotations.

There is little or no time for outside work during program.


Successful completion of this program requires a grade of “C” (75 percent) or better in all courses.


Approximately $5,733, including courses, books, and immunizations

National Certifying Exam: $247


After successfully completing our program, you are eligible to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist Exam, which is administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).



Trinity River Campus East

Jeffrey Leonard, A.A.S.-ST, CST
Program Director

Email jeffrey.leonard@tccd.edu

Trinity River Campus

Health Care Professions
Advising Resource Hub

Kimberlyn Moore-Debrossard
Career Advisor

Call 817-515-1484

Email TR.HealthCareAdvising@tccd.edu

Advising by Appointment

Fall & Spring Hours
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Summer Hours
Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Updated February 26, 2024