School and Ranking Information
Students seeking a surgical technology program within the city limits of Knoxville, TN, will find only two schools that offer studies in this subject. Based on school distinction, student population and the number of surgical technology credentials awarded, the following college is considered a top school in Knoxville for surgical technology programs:
- Winner: Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville is the only public school in the city to offer surgical technology studies. Its surgical technology diploma program can be completed in 12 months.
School Info Chart
|Category||Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $3,189*|
|Surgical Technology Levels Offered||Diploma|
|Surgical Technology Diplomas Awarded in 2012-2013||20*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010-11 Entering Class||73%*|
|Noteworthy||Surgical technology program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP); Won the most gold medals at SkillsUSA Tennessee State Leadership and Skills Conference among 27 Tennessee colleges and universities participating in the event (2014)**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator; **Tennessee College of Applied Technology
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Knoxville
- 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Surgical technology program combines classroom lectures with labs and practical clinical experience
- Labs feature state-of-the-art technology
- Graduates may seek voluntary certification as Certified Surgical Technologists (CST)
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville (TCAT) is a 2-year, public school that specializes in career-oriented training programs. Founded in 1966, it offers traditional on-campus programs and distance learning programs to approximately 760 students per year. TCAT divides its programs into four categories - full-time, part-time, online and special industry programs. The surgical technology program is a full-time diploma program designed to prepare graduates to work within a functioning operating room.
Students in the surgical technology diploma program take courses in physiology, anatomy, pharmacology, anesthesia, surgical and medical terminology, microbiology and patient care procedures. Students learn to prepare and break down an operating room, work under the commands of licensed surgeons, prepare and maintain surgical instruments and provide assistance during surgeries. They also learn about surgical procedures and may participate in pediatric surgeries, as well as work in labor and delivery wards. Students must earn CPR certification and get a physical before starting the program.