The surgical technology program is offered by Florida State College and Fortis College, whose curriculums follow the recommendation of the Association of Surgical Technologists. The surgical technology program prepares students for a career as members of the surgical team in the operating room under the direct supervision of experienced nurses and surgeons.

The instruction includes a combination of classroom studies, classroom lab practice and clinical experience in the perioperative arena, such as the operating room, which prepares students to assist members of the surgical team (surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and surgical technologists).

The first phase of training is spent completing general education and technical requirements. The latter phase includes the core surgical technology course work and the clinical experience at an affiliate clinic or hospital.


During the last phase of your certificate program, you can participate in the Surgical Technology Internship at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Through Mayo Clinic's well-planned and supervised clinical rotation, you gain surgical technology experience in two key areas of surgery:

  • General surgery. The perioperative teams in general surgery provide care to patients requiring procedures of the neck, breast, stomach, small bowel, liver, pancreas and spleen. In the general surgery area, gallbladder surgery, appendectomies and many bowel resections are performed using laparoscopic technology. Other laparoscopic procedures include inguinal hernia repair, cholecystectomy, splenectomy, adrenalectomy and lymph node biopsy prior to liver resection.
  • Outpatient surgery. The outpatient clinic rotation includes common surgeries with low-risk patients who do not require hospitalization. Examples of procedures you assist with on this rotation include simple plastic surgery, low-level orthopedic procedures (for example, bunion removal), cataract surgery and gastrointestinal (GI) procedures.

Grading or evaluation

As you move through the Surgical Technology Internship, you are evaluated in each clinical area by the supervising therapists, the program director and the clinical supervisor. Clinical performance is evaluated using a competency-based evaluation system and performance appraisals.

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools:

  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo Clinic's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

Jan. 27, 2017