Surgical Technology Program at Ashland Community and Technical College
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Surgical Technology

 This program provides clinical experience built upon classroom instruction in the basic sciences, patient care, aseptic techniques and surgical procedures. Graduates from this program are eligible to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures.  This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic techniques and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

Career Path

Graduates are employed in the Tri-State area in hospitals and clinics.  Advancement depends on personal goals of the individual.  There next advancement would be Certified First Assistant.

Certification Pass Rates and Employment Opportunities

  • Outcome Assessment Exam pass rate for the class of 2013-2014 was 100%.
  • Outcome Assessment Exam pass rate for the class of 2014-2015 was 100%.

The range of wages for Surgical Technologists is as follows:

  • Annual National Wage Range: $27,910 - $54,300 
  • Hourly Regional Wage Range: $15.23 - $23.00

Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the Surgical Technology Program is bases upon selective admission process.

Program Length

Program completion requires 19 months of instruction.

  • 9 months of prerequisites classes
  • 10 months of Surgical Technology classes 

Classes normally meet between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Clinical settings, which include many of the area hospitals, may require a different schedule.

Credentials Offered



Graduates are also eligible to take the national exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 100, Littleton, CO 80120, Phone: 800-707-0057.

Surgical Technology program accreditation

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

More Information

Jacqueline Cavins, RN, BS
Surgical Technology Program Coordinator
Office: 420-A  Phone: 606-326-2006

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