Surgical Services – AS

Application Deadline: October 9, 2024
Next Program Start Date: January 2025

South Florida State College’s (SFSC) Associate in Science in Surgical Services prepares you for employment as a surgical technologist. 

Team of doctors or surgeons with electrocardiogram monitor in hospital surgery operating emergency room showing patient heart rate, medical concept.You will learn how to:

  • prepare operating rooms for surgery
  • sterilize equipment
  • ready patients for surgery
  • maintain a sterile environment
  • pass sterile instruments and supplies to surgeons during surgery

The Associate in Science in Surgical Services:

  • is 64 credit hours
  • is a limited access program with 12-15 students accepted each time the program is offered
  • requires students to be at least 18 years of age
  • requires applicants to complete an online SFSC application and select Surgical Services as major/program

Courses in Program


Prefix Number Course Title Credit Hours
#BSC 1085C Human Anatomy and Physiology I (GE) 4
*^ENC 1101 Freshman English I (GE) 3
#HSC 1532 Medical Terminology 3
SLS 1106 First-Year Experience Seminar 1
#STS 1302 Introduction to Surgical Technology 2

# – Prerequisites

First Term

Prefix Number Course Title Credit Hours
BSC 1086C Human Anatomy and Physiology II (GE) 4
STS 1303 Fundamentals of Surgical Technology 2
*   Mathematics Core (GE) 3
PSY 1307

Surgical Equipment and Instrumentation 

STS 1327L

Principles and Practices of Surgical Technology Lab


Second Term

Prefix Number Course Title Credit Hours



Surgical Procedures I 

STS 1304L

Operating Room Techniques Laboratory 

STS 2944

Surgical Clinical I 



Humanities Core

(GE) 3


Third Term

Prefix Number Course Title Credit Hours



1020 or 1041

Introductory Survey Since 1877 or

American Government

(GE) 3 

PSY 2012

Introduction to Psychology 

(GE) 3 
STS 1308

Perioperative Patient Care Concepts

STS 2324 Surgical Procedures II 2
STS 2945 Surgical Clinical II 3

Fourth Term

Prefix Number Course Title Credit Hours
STS 2340

Surgical Pharmacology 

STS 2360

Professional Skills for the Surgical Technologist 

STS 1931

Surgical Technology Special Topics Seminar 

STS 2179

Surgical Biomedical Fundamentals 

STS 2946 Surgical Clinical III 3


* Check the course descriptions for prerequisites.
** It is your responsibility to meet with the instructional supervisor or counselor to select the proper course to fulfill this requirement.
^ It may be necessary to first enroll in a lower-level English, math, or reading course depending on college placement test scores.

NOTES: CGS 1100C Introduction to Microcomputers using Windows and SPC 2608 Fundamentals of Speech Communication general education requirements are covered within the Surgical Services curriculum for the associate degree.

Students beginning an Associate in Science degree program in fall of 2022 or after must pass AMH 1020 or POS 1041 and the Florida Civic Literacy Exam (FCLE) prior to graduation.

Approximate Program Costs

Admission fee $15
Background check/drug screen/document manager $132
Graduation fee $15
Lab fees $0
Medical costs (varies by provider) $500
CPR $65
Tuition $6,762.88
Approximate Total = $7,489.88

*Cost of textbooks = $587

For more information about Surgical Services at SFSC, please call 863-784-7027 or email