Surgical Technology


The mission of Surgical Technology is to provide the necessary theory and clinical instruction for the student to become a knowledgeable member of the surgical team. Program instruction is provided through classroom lecture and discussion, laboratory demonstrations and practice, and clinical experiences and assignments. Through affiliate facilities, students are exposed to the latest techniques in a variety of surgical procedures and specialties. The Surgical Technology Program provides an educational experience designed to produce Surgical Technologists, competent at the entry-level position, and successfully prepared to take the National Certification Exam.

The Surgical Technology program has had a 97% pass rate for the last 10 years for the National Surgical Technologists Certification Exam.

Information about the HESI Test (Entrance Exam).


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,024.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $939.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Surgical Technologist1296Diploma

Surgical Technology is a three trimester, 1296 hour course, divided between classroom and clinical experience that includes 120 cases. Applications are only available at the Information Session which is held once a year in September.  To receive an information / reminder letter on the next session you can submit a request form.  High school diploma or the equivalent and a passing score on the entrance exam are required for admission to the Surgical Technology program. For more information about the session email Haylee Hall (, Director of Medical Programs or call at  931-796-5351 and ask for Haylee Hall.

Effective July 1, 2011 all students enrolled in Practical Nursing, Surgical Technology, or CNA programs must provide proof of immunity to Hepatitis B before having patient contact.  The Hepatitis B vaccine is administered in 3 doses over a period of 6 months.  This requirement is in addition to all other immunization requirements for enrollment to TCAT-H. Vaccination requirements are to be provided when application is submitted.

The Recommended Information Session for the 2023 Surgical Technology Class will be held on Friday, September 9th, 2022 @ 9:00 am AND 1:00 pm.

If the 9:00 am session Attendees exceeds distancing requirements attendees will be asked to wait until the 1:00 pm session.

Social Distancing AND Mask Wearing is Recommended for all Attendees

Campus Locations

TCAT Hohenwald Main Campus
813 West Main St.
Hohenwald, TN 38462

Job Duties

Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeons' assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 2,720

Current job openings per year: 260

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