Surgical Tech Curriculum

dreamstime_xs_37129199Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing, in partnership with Geneva General Hospital, offers a full time program that is flexible and conducive to the adult learner seeking a career as a Certified Surgical Technologist. This academic program will lead to a certificate in Surgical Technology awarded by Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing after completing 11 months of rigorous training. The Surgical Technology program has a maximum enrollment of 15 students per cohort admitted in August of each year.

Students in the program attend classes and participate in clinical rotations which will give them an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills obtained in the classroom and clinical laboratory.

Surgical technologists typically do the following:

  • Prepare operating rooms for surgery.
  • Make sure that there are adequate supplies for surgery.
  • Maintain a sterile environment for patient safety
  • Assist surgeons during surgery by passing instruments and other sterile supplies.
  • Count supplies such as sponges and instruments

Surgical technologists work as members of a healthcare team alongside doctors, surgeons, and nurses. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Surgical technologists wear hospital provided scrubs while they are in the operating room. Their work may be physically demanding, as they may be on their feet for long periods. Surgical technologists may also need to help move patients and lift heavy trays of surgical instruments.

The surgical technology program offered through Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing has been approved by New York State Department of Education and is accredited by ABHES.


Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing’s Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing
Master Curriculum Plan Certificate in Surgical Technology

Trimester I – Course Name Clock Hours
SU100 Fundamentals of Surg Tech 125
SU100L Surg Tech Lab 30
SU 101 Surgical Pharmacology 30
MED 100 Medical Terminology 30
BIO171 Anatomy and Physiology I 90
Total Clock Hours 305
Trimester II – Course Name Clock Hours
SU102 Surgical Procedures I 45
SU102C Surgical Procedures I Clinical 56
SU102L Surgical Procedures I Lab 15
SU102 Surgical Procedures II 120
SU102C Surgical Procedures II Clinical 144
SU102L Surgical Procedures II Lab 30
BIO172 Anatomy and Physiology II 90
Total Clock Hours 500
Trimester III – Course Name Clock Hours
SU201 Surgical Procedures III 135
SU201C Surgical Procedures III Clinical 202
SU201L Surgical Procedures III Lab 30
SU202 Professional Readiness 30
BIO 230 Microbiology 90
Total Clock Hours 487

Current Total Program Clock Hours: 1292

If you are interested in applying to the Surgical Technologist Program please click on the link to the right to go to the Admissions Page for Surgical Technologist: Admission Requirements