Surgical Tech Hero

Surgical Technology A.A.S.


Work on the cutting edge.

The Surgical Technology A.A.S. prepares you to be an instrumental member of the operating room team during surgical procedures. Build solid foundational knowledge in anatomy, medical terminology, and microbiology. Become a successful surgical technologist prepared for all major specialties in the operating room with extensive classroom time and practical clinical experience. Gain the abilities to:

  • Recognize elements of good patient care and prioritize them before less important elements in the operating room.
  • Behave professionally in a stressful environment with demanding personalities while remaining calm and focused.
  • Accurately plan for and perform duties of a surgical technologist in the scrub role in common surgical specialties.

The Surgical Technology program at Nashville State is a 61-credit hour Associate of Applied Science degree that seats 32 students each fall semester. It consists of 22 credits in General Education courses and 39 credits in Surgical Technology Core courses. Surgical Technology education prepares students for employment in a variety of surgical settings. The program includes extensive classroom time as well as practical experience preparing Surgical Technology students for all major specialties in the operating room.

Nashville State Surgical Technology Program Goal Statement

The Surgical Technology program is an educational experience that produces competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains and prepares them to successfully complete the National Certification Exam. The program provides the qualified and motivated applicant with experiences in a learner-centered environment that is supportive and responsive to individual needs. Learning experiences are designed to help the student learn to independently apply sound theory to practice.


Fall 2023 cohort applications must be submitted by 11:59 on May 8, 2023.

Fall 2023 Surgical Technology Application

General Information Sessions

If you would like to learn more about the Surgical Technology Program, register for one of the following General Information Meetings. Each meeting will be held on Zoom and will last about one hour. General Information meetings for the Fall 2023 Surgical Technology Program will be held on the dates and times listed below. If you want to be admitted, you must attend at least one of these meetings. The application, selection, and admission process will be reviewed in great detail.

Select a date and time from the list below and then click on the link to register in Zoom to attend the meeting. After you register, you will receive an email with a link for the meeting.

March 2112:30 PMZoom Registration
March 216 PMZoom Registration
April 412:30 PMZoom Registration
April 46 PMZoom Registration
April 1812:30 PMZoom Registration
April 186 PMZoom Registration

If you have additional questions regarding the application, selection, and admission process for the Surgical Technology program at Nashville State Community College, please send an email to and put Surgical Technology Application and Admission in the subject line.