Surgical Technology

Associate of Science in Surgical Technology

The Associate of Science in Surgical Technology (ASST) is a five semester, 69 credit-hour program which provides students with the necessary knowledge, skills, values, and competencies for a career in surgical technology. The curriculum is based on the Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology published by the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST). Graduates will receive an Associate of Science in Surgical Technology and will be eligible to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) certification examination in Surgical Technology.


The mission of Baton Rouge Community College’s Surgical Technology Program is to offer a high quality, affordable, selective admission program which offers a collegiate surgical technology curriculum to prepare surgical technology students for a diverse healthcare community. The Surgical Technology Program encourages lifelong learning and promotes the continuance of education at a four-year institution.

The program promotes an integrated learning experience in the theory and clinical practice of surgical technology that will enable the students to provide the high standard of care consistent with the mission and values of Baton Rouge Community College.

Baton Rouge Community College's Associate of Science Degree in Surgical Technology Program is committed to safe, competent, and ethical care for the surgical patient. The program is dedicated to promoting the growth and development of individuals who seek realization of their potential through education in surgical technology. It provides opportunities and the environment for engaged student learning in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains. A broad base of general knowledge combined with clinical experiences facilitate student achievement of academic excellence and clinical competence. The holistic approach to education supports Baton Rouge Community College's values and encourages lifelong learning.

Baton Rouge Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Baton Rouge Community College.

The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council for Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting ( If you have concerns regarding the surgical technology program accreditation, you may contact CAAHEP at 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775; (727-210-2350) and/or ARC/STSA at 19751 East Mainstreet, Suite #339Parker, CO 80138 (303-694-9262).

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Admissions Criteria 

A selective admissions process is used to admit students to the program. Please note that meeting the minimum requirements listed here does not guarantee admission.

The following courses are prerequisites for admission to the Surgical Technology program. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all of the prerequisite courses listed.                                                                     

Prerequisite Courses                                                                               Credit Hours 
ENGL 1013                             English Composition I                              3
ENGL 1023                             English Composition II                             3
MATH 1113 or 1213               College Algebra                                       3
BIOL 2213                               Anatomy and Physiology I (Lecture)         3
BIOL 2211                               Anatomy and Physiology I (Lab)               1
BIOL 2223                               Anatomy and Physiology II (Lecture)        3
BIOL 2221                               Anatomy and Physiology II (Lab)              1
BIOL 2103                               General Microbiology (Lecture)                3
BIOL 2101                               General Microbiology (Lab)                      1
HLSC 1012                              Intro to Health Professions                      2
HLSC 1103                              Medical Terminology                               3
SURT 1023                              Surgical Tech Fundamentals                    3
SURT 1021                              Skills Lab I Surgical Technology               1
 Total Credits                                                                                         30


 In addition, to be eligible for entry into the Surgical Technology program, applicants must:

Application Process

The application for admission to the AS in Surgical Technology Program is available on the BRCC website once a year, during the spring semester for admission to the summer semester. Deadlines and detailed instructions for completing the admission application are included in the application packet. Students may apply for admission to the Surgical Technology program while completing the required prerequisite courses during the spring semester. Final acceptance will be determined at the end of the semester. Priority is given to applicants who have completed the prerequisite courses at a level which indicates potential for success in the program and who demonstrated understanding of the demands of the profession.

Students admitted to the Surgical Technology program will receive additional instructions regarding program requirements. Costs for all requirements are borne by the student. Additional requirements for students admitted to the program include but are not limited to:

Urine Drug Screen

A positive urine drug screen or any attempt to tamper with a specimen may disqualify an applicant and/or result in dismissal from the Surgical Technology program.

Criminal Background Check

Applicants to the Surgical Technology Program must submit a criminal background check, with all costs incurred by the student. Applicants who have been charged with, pled guilty or nolo contendere to, been convicted of, or committed a criminal offense that involves a crime of violence or distribution of drugs may not be allowed to complete the practicum component of the program.