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Surgical Technology

ln the operating room, surgeons lean heavily on the expert support of surgical technologists. As a surgical technology major, you'll learn not only how to hand over the scalpel (and other instruments) right on cue, but also how to sterilize and clean equipment, maintain inventory, and perform other tasks that help keep everything functioning safely before, during, and after surgery. Not only is this an exciting and rewarding career field, the job market is wide open -- surgical technologists are ranked in the top ten fastest growing career fields in South Carolina by the US Department of Labor.

Be in the Operating Room, without the Debt

You can experience the excitement of an operating room without having years of medical school debt to weigh you down. The Surgical Technology Associate Degree program will prepare you to perform various duties during surgery by assisting in the maintenance of an aseptic environment through a system of specific techniques and practices. You'll learn how to contribute to overall patient care as part of the surgical team by passing equipment and instruments to the surgeon, assisting the surgeon, selecting instruments for surgical cases, setting up cases, and assisting the circulatory personnel intraoperatively. As a Surgical Technologist, you could find employment in hospitals, clinics, or physicians’ offices. Hospital employment areas include operating and emergency rooms, labor and delivery, endoscopy units, central sterile processing areas, and ambulatory surgery centers. Daytime courses are offered on the Pendleton Campus, beginning in the Fall Semester.

Schedule of Courses

Program Outcomes Measures

Admissions Requirements

Academic Advising 
Academic advising for course registration is mandatory each semester for all students enrolled in degree, diploma, or certificate programs All Health Education advisors will be using Starfish to post office hours that will allow students to make appointments without assistance. Students are able to access Starfish through eTc or Blackboard. Please remember, appointment times are valuable and should be cancelled through Starfish if appointments cannot be kept. Students who schedule appointments with an advisor and no show two times will not be allowed to make another appointment until meeting with the Division Dean to discuss the missed appointments. If you have any questions, call the Health Education Division office at (864) 646-1400.


Program of Study Credential/Outcome Eligible for Financial Aid Course Scheduling Location
American Heart Association Certifications Noncredit, CEU/Recertification,Noncredit, Prof Dev Call 864-646-1700 Day Pendleton
Electrocardiogram (ECG) Technician Noncredit, QuickJobs Call 864-646-1700 Evening Pendleton
Emergency Medical Technology Associate Degree Yes Day,Evening Easley
EMT Advanced Certificate Yes Day,Evening Easley
EMT Basic Certificate Noncredit, QuickJobs Call 864-646-1700 Evening Pendleton
Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Diploma Yes Day Pendleton
IV Therapy Noncredit, Prof Dev Call 864-646-1700 Evening Pendleton
Medical Assisting Diploma Yes Day,Evening Pendleton
Medical Laboratory Technology Associate Degree Yes Day Pendleton
Nurse Aide Noncredit, QuickJobs Call 864-646-1700 Day,Evening Easley,Pendleton
Nursing Associate Degree Yes Day Pendleton
Nursing Preparation Certificate No Day Pendleton
Paramedic Certificate Yes Day,Evening Easley QJC
Patient Care/Multi-Skilled Healthcare Technician Noncredit, QuickJobs Call 864-646-1700 Varies Pendleton
Personal Trainer Noncredit, QuickJobs Call 864-646-1700 Evening Pendleton
Pharmacy Technician Noncredit, QuickJobs Call 864-646-1700 Day Pendleton
Phlebotomy Technician Noncredit, QuickJobs Call 864-646-1700 Evening Pendleton
Practical Nursing Diploma Yes Day,Evening Easley,Oconee
Pre-Dental Hygiene Certificate No Day Anderson,Easley,Pendleton
Pre-Pharmacy Associate Degree Yes Day,Evening Anderson,Easley,Pendleton
Surgical Technology Associate Degree Yes Day Pendleton
Veterinary Technology Associate Degree Yes Day,Evening Pendleton

Career Pathways for Success
Students who are still in high school may consider taking college courses now to get a jumpstart on completing your degree at Tri-County. View a sample pathway here.

Transfer Agreements
For students who wish to continue work toward a four-year degree, we encourage you to work with your advisor on the steps that are best for your plans. Learn more about transfer options 

Program Accreditation
The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), CAAHEP, 9355-113th Street North, #7709; Seminole, FL 33775; Telephone: 727-210-2350; Website:, upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), 19751 E. Mainstreet Suite #339, Parker, CO 80138, telephone 303-694-9262 Website:

Denelle White  |  (864) 646-1401  |

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