Surgical Technology

Surgical Services Programs

Our programs provide you with the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary to become a certified expert in one of these related fields. Our programs run through the Summer semesters allowing you to complete your program of study within 2 years, for the most advanced course, or as little as 2 semesters for the shorter College Credit Certificate programs.

Members of the surgical team work in a variety of places, and the options are many. Choose the program that meets your immediate needs.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other information, please visit the Gulf Coast Gainful Employment Page and Click on the Program and/or view Page 3 of each application/information packet.

HSC1004 Healthcare Dual Enrollment Class 

Not sure which program you are interested in?  This  class is available as an exploration of healthcare careers for both high school students and college students; 3-credit class completely online.  See an Advisor for more information.

Endoscopic Technician program

Core courses begin in August each year for a 2-semester program qualifying students to function as an Endoscopic Technician or GI Lab Technician. With additional classes, you can earn your Associate Degree in Health Sciences (AS1-HS); then earn your Bachelor Degree in Applied Science (BAS) at Gulf Coast State College. Information/Application Packet

Professional organizations: Visit the following websites to learn more about the professions of the GI Lab Technician or Endoscopic Technician.

Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) at
Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. (SGNA) at

Central Sterile Processing Dept. Technologist

A 2-semester course that  qualifies the student for a Collegecs Credit Certificate as a Central Sterile Processing Department Technologist (CSPT).  CSPTs work in instrument rooms and process instrumentation, supplies, and equipment.

This course is excellent for those who want to begin a career ladder or need part-time evening course completion. Clinical experience can be arranged to fit your schedule.

Additional General Education and health sciences related courses can be taken online, such as Medical Terminology and an approved Anatomy and Physiology course among others, to earn an Associate Degree in Health Science (AS1-HS).

Professional organizations: Visit the following websites to learn more about the profession of the Central Sterile Processing Dept. Technician.

International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management at
Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) at

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

cstThis 15-month program includes prerequisites that begin in August each year with the core classes beginning the following January.  Graduation is in December. 

With an additional 15 credit hours of General Education courses (5 classes), you can earn an Associate Degree in Health Sciences (AS1-HS).  Once completed, you can continue your education by obtaining a Bachelor Degree in Applied Science (BAS) at Gulf Coast State College.  Click Here for the Information/Application Packet for those interested in the Surgical Technology Program. 

The Certified Surgical Technologists (CST) students who wishes to attain an Associate's Degree can apply for college credit through the articulation agreement based on verification of a successful and current certification (CST), and completion of the external credit packet.  A minimum of 16 college credits, or 25% of the college credits required, must be taken at Gulf Coast State College.  CST to Associate's Degree Information/Application Packet

Professional organizations: Visit the following websites to learn more about the profession of the Surgical Technologist.

Surgical First Assistant Program 

  • There are two entry points:
    1. As a new student  with NO medical experience, you may be accepted into the 2 year program. Students CSFAsuccessfully complete all work , and sit for both examinations, the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) and the Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA). Information/Application Packet
    2. CST to CSFA Program, gain college credit for your certification and experience level  A Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) can become a Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA) in one year or less through our program of online core courses, and successful completion of the NBSTSA requirements for certification.  Students who are already a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) are accepted in August or March each year. Information/Application Packet

      There are two completion points for either a College Credit Certificate (SFA-CCC), or a 2 year Associate Degree option (SFA2-AS). You can choose to complete the College Credit Certificate for SFA, and then proceed to get your Associate Degree in Surgical First Assisting with further education credit hours (SFA2-AS).  You can then go on to complete a Bachelor Degree in Applied Science (BAS) with a concentration in Health Sciences.

      Professional organizations: Visit the following websites to learn more about the profession of the Surgical First Assistant.

    3. Association of Surgical Assistants (ASA) at
    4. National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) at

Registered Nurse Programs


  • Perioperative Nursing for RNs -  If you are a student enrolled in the Nursing program who has completed at least one semester at GCSC, you can take this class over the Summer, or if you are licensed as a RN, you may take this program to gain the knowledge and training to advance into the Operating Room.  Information/Application Packet
  • Registered Nurse First Assistant - RNFA - Advanced Technical Certificate (RNFA-ATC) - Apply to the program and complete the required courses to become a RNFA in the State of Florida. The program is completely online, except for an on-site lab course ( 4-5 days).   Information/Application Packet