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Frequently Asked Questions about Surgical Technology

Frequently Asked Questions About the Surgical Technology Program

1. What is the employment outlook?

Excellent! There is an increasing demand for qualified technologist in all areas.

2. What salary can I expect to earn?

The average starting salary in Volusia County is around $23, 000, with higher salaries offered outside this area. There are also many opportunities for earning additional income through shift differential and call back pay.

3. What are the typical working hours in this profession?

Shift work hours are available around the clock at hospitals. Ambulatory Surgery Centers offer day shift with no weekends or holidays.

4. What are the program hours (this schedule is subject to change)?

1st Year Fall Semester:
Monday through Wednesday from 8am to 5pm
Thursday from 8:00am to 9:30am

Class Schedules have not been finalized for the following:

1st Year Spring Semester
2nd Year Summer A Semester
2nd Year Fall Semester
2nd Year Spring Semester

****The dates and times are subject to change****

5. How much does the program cost? What about books, lab fees?

Cost for in-state students is $102.38 per credit hour (the rate for out-of-state students is $398.65 per credit hour). Since this is a 64 College Credit hour course, the tuition would be $6,552.00 ($25,513.00 for out-of-state). In addition, approximately $1200 would be needed for textbooks. Approximately $550.00 for lab fees, instrument kit, uniforms, etc.

6. Must I take a board exam upon completion of this program?

There is a certification exam that receives national recognition in surgical technology. Every state recognizes certification for employment. As a condition of graduation all students enrolled in the program are required to take the national certification exam. There is a $190.00 charge for the examination, which is paid by the student when applications for the exam are submitted to the National Board of Surgical Technologist and Surgical Assistance. The examination is administered electronically and is administered at Daytona State College following the completion of the program. Students successful in passing the certification exam will receive the credentials of Certified Surgical Technologist.

7. Is a license required to work in this occupation?

Although no license is required, you will be required to apply for national certification. All employers in this area require certification as a condition of your employment.

8. Are there any prerequisite courses needed to be considered for the program?

Introduction to Surgical Technology (STS1302), Human Anatomy & Physiology I (BSC 1085C) and Medical Terminology (HSC 1531) and either College Algebra (MAC1105) or Survey of Math(MGF2106) are required before you can be considered for the program.

9. Will I be required to take a placement test?

Applicants who started high school in the 9th grade in 2003 or after at a Florida Public high school AND graduated from a Florida Public High School with a standard high school diploma, are not required to take the placement test. If you have any questions about your exemption status, please contact an academic advisor.

Applicants that have successfully completed college level English and/or Math may also be exempt from placement testing.

All other applicants will be required to take the TABE test and must achieve a score of at least 11th Grade level in Reading and Language, and 10th grade level in Math.

10. Is clinical or externship training required in the program?

Yes. Over 700 hours of clinical training are part of this program.

11. I have previous college courses. Will they count in this program?

Courses in Human Anatomy & Physiology, College Composition, Math, and Medical Terminology will be considered for transfer credit by the program manager.

12. When may I start the program?

The program is offered once an academic year, with a start date in August. Applications are accepted anytime during the year for the next academic year. Applicants must have completed all of the prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better and have a Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 or better. Selection will be based on the applicants cumulative GPA, completion of prerequisite coursework, attendance at the required information session, and an interview with the program committee. Completion of these requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. All applicants that have completed the requirements will be considered for selection into the program. A total of "24" students are accepted into the program per academic year.

13. Are there other admission criteria?

All applicants are required to attend the mandatory program information session. Dates and times of the session will be announced during the Spring Semester. Applicants must also have an interview with the Surgical Technology Program Committee prior to being considered for program admission. Program interviews are held during the Spring Semester each year.

Once accepted to the program, applicants will be required to complete a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Level II Background Screening ($90.00). This includes Fingerprinting and Drug Screening. Applicants must not have been found guilty of any Felony offense regardless of adjudication. Final acceptance into the program is subject to the results of the FDLE. Students will also be required to complete a second FDLE Screening prior to beginning the clinical portion of the program.

Please be advised that application submission does not guarantee program acceptance.


HSC1531 – Medical Terminology

ENC1101 – College Composition

PSY1012 – General Psychology

Humanities Elective (see listing in College Catalog)

MAC1105 – College Algebra OR MGF2106 – Survey of Mathematics

BSC1085 & Lab - Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BSC1086 & Lab - Human Anatomy & Physiology II

*There may be additional course and program requirements






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