Surgical technologists and technicians are responsible for assisting in all phases of an operation, including preparing the equipment, helping during the surgery, and cleaning up afterward. Although this position does not require as much schooling as a surgeon or doctor, they are still trained professionals who must have a clear understanding of general health care practices. Typically, an associate degree or a postsecondary certificate is required to enter this career.

Surgical Tech Schools in South Carolina

The five surgical technician schools in South Carolina we have listed below are very different from one another. However, each is going to prepare you for a career in this challenging field. Carefully consider what each has to offer before making your decision.

  • Aiken Technical College: Students learn through classroom lectures and real-world experiences in offsite locations. The school offers a diploma in applied science or a certificate in surgical technology.

  • Technical College of the Low Country: Prospective students must speak with a health sciences advisor before they are accepted into the program. Coursework includes classroom laboratories and also clinical education sites throughout the surrounding counties.

  • Florence Darlington Technical College: This program takes five semesters to complete and entails 52 credits. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA to graduate and pass a surgical skills assessment.

  • Greenville Technical College: To be accepted into this course, students must first pass the TEAS entrance exam and have CPR certification. Once accepted, the program last four semesters.

  • Horry-Georgetown Technical College: Through classroom study, practice in the lab and clinical experiences, students learn the job from surgeons and registered nurses. The entire program is three semesters.

Upon graduation from one of the above surgical technician school in South Carolina, you are eligible to take the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

What to Expect from Surgical Technologist Schools in South Carolina

There are three main parts to most of the programs at surgical tech schools in South Carolina: classroom work, lab work and on-the-job training in actual operating rooms. Furthermore, your coursework may be fairly diverse, consisting of classes on:

  • Ethics
  • Human Anatomy
  • Surgical Procedures
  • Psychology
  • Interpersonal Communication

Working in this role requires that you understand what the patient requires and the surgeon needs at all times. You also must know how to effectively communicate with both.

South Carolina Surgical Technician Certification

In other states, it's a good idea to have your CST, even when it's not required by law, because it helps you stand out to potential employers and serves as one more level of accreditation on top of your degree.

However, South Carolina is one of six states where you must be licensed to practice. Fortunately, all it takes is passing a CST exam.

Resources for Surgical Technicians in South Carolina

Be sure you read and understand the South Carolina Surgical Technologist Laws that govern your career in this state. Also, before taking the CST, these resources are going to prove helpful:

Once you pass your exam, look through the NBSTSA job board for potential openings in South Carolina. There are a number of other reference materials worth going through too.

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More South Carolina Surgical Technology Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Highest Award
West Columbia
Rock Hill

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Surgical Technologists

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for South Carolina. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Surgical Technologists

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Surgical Technologists relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Annual Median Salary
Charleston 250 $38,590
North Charleston 250 $38,590
Columbia 320 $38,230
Florence 220 $39,590
Greenville 380 $37,000
Anderson 380 $37,000
Mauldin 380 $37,000
Hilton Head Island 60 $38,130
Bluffton 60 $38,130
Beaufort 60 $38,130
Spartanburg 70 $37,170


  1. Surgical Technology Schools in South Carolina, http://www.educationnews.org/career-index/surgical-technology-schools-in-south-carolina/, accessed October 19, 2016
  2. South Carolina Technologist Laws, http://www.ast.org/legislation/documents/SC_FAQS.pdf, accessed October 19, 2016
  3. How to Become a Surgical Technologist, https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-become-a-surgical-technologist-1735975, accessed October 19, 2016
  4. Homepage, NBSTSA, http://www.nbstsa.org/ accessed October 19, 2016

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