Program Overview

Surgical Technology - Diploma

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*This program is financial aid eligible.
The Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team.

Students will apply theoretical knowledge to the care of patients undergoing surgery and develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations.

Employment opportunities include labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physicians' offices, and central supply processing units.

Students of Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited programs 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 week period prior to or after graduation.

View certification and graduate placement statistics.

How to Apply: The green button below should be used to apply to the College following the Health Technologies Enrollment Steps. You can apply to the College at any time. Once prerequisites are completed, then apply to the Surgical Technology program using the Program Admissions Application. The application deadline is March 31, 2020.  Review the Admissions Checklist and Essential Skills form.

If you have questions about admissions requirements after reviewing the above information, you may contact Tammy Nelson at

Non-Certified Surgical Technologists

  • Are you an on-the-job trained surgical technologist?
  • Did you graduate from a non-CAAHEP accredited program in Surgical Technology?
  • Do you need to obtain your national certification in Surgical Technology

The Accelerated Alternate Delivery (AAD) program was developed to assist non-certified, currently practicing surgical technologists obtain the educational background required to sit for the certification examination with the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Learn more about this program option and review the  Admissions Checklist.

Next Application Deadline is Mar 31

Estimated Tuition & Fees



Main Campus, Online

Credit Hours


Program Stats

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Average Salary

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Average Class Size


Estimated Completion Time

12-13 months
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Certification Pass Rate


Current and Upcoming Course Offerings

Course Number Title Credit Hours
BIO-168 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO-169 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
SUR-134 Surgical Procedures II 5
SUR-135 SUR Clinical Practice II 4