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Surgical technicians, more commonly referred to as surgical technologists, assist surgical teams and work under the supervision of surgeons, surgical nurses, and anesthesiologists. Surgical technologists are responsible for the setup, handling, and maintenance of surgical instruments, equipment, and supplies. They are also responsible for the maintenance of the sterile field during surgical procedures, and they are trained in anatomy, physiology, and other relevant medical/surgical areas.

Tennessee Surgical Technician Schools

Accredited surgical technology programs in Tennessee culminate in either a diploma or an associate degree. Degree programs add general-education coursework to the surgical technology curriculum, while diploma programs typically concentrate on professional training.

  • Chattanooga State Community College: The surgical technology program at Chattanooga State awards graduates a diploma upon completion of the program. The curriculum is scheduled over three semesters in the fall, spring, and summer of a single academic year. Graduates of the program are qualified to sit for national certification exams.

  • Concorde Career College: The Concorde surgical technology program offers both a degree and a diploma option. The diploma track takes approximately 48 weeks to complete, and the degree program takes approximately 68 weeks. Both programs qualify graduates to sit for certification exams.

  • Fortis Institute: The surgical technology program at the Fortis Institute is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and therefore qualifies its graduates to take the commission's certification exams upon completion of the program.

  • Northeast State Community College: The surgical technology program at Northeast State is a three-semester program that functions as a concentration added to an Allied Health degree. Admission to the program is selective, and applicants must complete pre-requisite courses in biology, medical terminology, public speaking, math, English compositions, health professions, and psychology prior to application.

  • Walters State Community College: The Walters State program results in an Associate of Applied Science degree, and it adds 17 hours of general education requirements to the 43 hours of surgical technology concentration coursework. Admission to the program is selective.

  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology: This is a three-trimester program that awards a diploma to graduates. The program includes a 120-case clinical practicum and typically takes 12 months to complete.

  • Miller-Motte Technical College: The Miller-Motte program culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree and usually takes two years to complete. It includes training in surgical techniques and a clinical practicum.

What to Expect from Tennessee Surgical Technician Schools

Surgical technology programs in Tennessee provide training in medical, surgical, and healthcare-related subjects, including:

  • Clinical practice
  • Patient care
  • Surgical techniques
  • Pathophysiology
  • Psychology
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Anesthesia and pharmacology

Most programs also require coursework in general education subjects, including:

  • English
  • Communications
  • Math and Computers

Tennessee Surgical Technician License

Tennessee does not require licensing of surgical technologists. However, most jobs require that technologists be professional certified in order to qualify for employment. The Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) certification is awarded by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to applicants who have completed a surgical technology training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and who successfully complete certification exams.

Resources for Surgical Technicians in Tennessee

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More Tennessee Surgical Technology Schools

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Total Enrollment
Nashville
Associates
8,197
Morristown
Associates
6,075
Harriman
Associates
5,626
Knoxville
Doctorate
2,146
Memphis
Associates
1,420
Knoxville
N/A
1,137
Hohenwald
N/A
577
Nashville
Associates
576
Jackson
N/A
547
Murfreesboro
N/A
491
Knoxville
Associates
453
Nashville
Associates
353
Crossville
N/A
335
Cookeville
Associates
175

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Surgical Technologists

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Tennessee. 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.

2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 23.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Jackson110 N/A
Johnson City90 $40,690
ClevelandN/A N/A
Morristown60 $43,480
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin930 $46,740
Knoxville420 $39,100

Sources:

  1. Surgical Technology, Chattanooga State Community College, https://www.chattanoogastate.edu/surgical-technology
  2. Surgical Technology, Concorde Career College, http://www.concorde.edu/program/surgical-technologist-memphis-tennessee
  3. Surgical Technology, Fortis Institute, https://www.fortis.edu/campuses/tennessee/nashville/3354-perimeter-hill-dr-nashville-tn/surgical-technology.aspx
  4. Surgical Technology, Northeast State Community College, http://catalog.northeaststate.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=20&poid=4290
  5. Surgical Technology, Walters State Community College, http://catalog.ws.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=13&poid=2065&returnto=549
  6. Surgical Technology, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, https://tcatknoxville.edu/programs/surgical-technology
  7. Surgical Technology, Miller-Motte College, https://www.miller-motte.edu/campuses/clarksville-career-training/surgical-technology-program-clarksville

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