Surgical Technology

Be An Instrument of Excellence, Become A Surgical Technologist.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the surgical technologist program is to prepare individuals to function in the operating room setting. This Degree program will set high standards for students to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to become an integral member of a surgical team.


Surgical Technology has been consistently in the top ten of the 20 fastest growing occupations in health-care related professions for most of the last two decades.  Employment for surgical technologist is expected to grow 25 percent between 2008 and 2018.  The employment rate for CFCC graduates who actively sought employment is 100%.

Job Outlook

Surgical Technology is a continuing growing profession.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects by the year 2018, there will be 114,700 surgical technologist, a 25 percent increase, or 23,200 (over the 10-year period, which represents an increase of approximately 2.5 percent per year or 2,300 additional new jobs annually).


The median national average for salaries for surgical technologist is $41,790 per year or $20.09 per hour. Advancement and experience will provide the opportunity for higher salary levels.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook handbook

Other Program Highlights:

The Cape Fear Community College Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Our students are required to take the national certification exam administered by the National Board on Certification in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) within a four (4) week period prior to or after graduation.  Since the inception of the program in 2007 here at Cape Fear Community College, our students have received 100% pass rate on their certification exam.

Download Program Information and Application Deadlines.

Contact Information

Donna Breedlove
Nursing/Surgical Technology Secretary
(910)362-7655  fax:  (910)362-7698
Union Station Building U-343

Chancey Funderburk, CST, AAS, AS
Surgical Technology Program Director
Union Station Building U-429

2016 Information Session Dates

All Information Sessions in Room U-404

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 14, 2016
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


CFCC Awarded for High Pass Rate

2015 marked the NBSTSA’s fifth anniversary of awarding merit certificates. 10 schools, Cape Fear Community College, have been awarded a merit certificate for achieving a 100% pass rate every year since 2011. These schools were awarded a “Certificate of Excellence” recognizing their accomplishment.