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Surgical Technology

Support doctors and other medical professionals as a surgical technologist. You’ll learn to prepare for and assist during surgeries as part of a healthcare team.

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What is Surgical Technology?

The Surgical Technologist is an allied health professional and an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. The Surgical Technologist performs under direct supervision of a surgeon to provide the highest standard of care to surgical patients from then operating room to various medical settings.

Surgical Technologists working in the operating room are responsible for ensuring patient’s safety. The Surgical Technologist possesses and applies their expertise in aseptic technique, knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, surgical instrumentation, tools and technologies to facilitate the physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

What are my career options?

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
Year # of Students Pass Rate
2019 7 100%
2020 8 100%
2021 7 71.4%
2022 3 66.7%
2023 4 75%

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

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

The AAS degree is a pathway for graduates to further their education in a multitude of medical professions.


Additional Information

Graduates are also eligible to take the national exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), 3 West Dry Creek Circle Littleton, CO 80120, Phone: 800-707-0057.

The Surgical Technology program runs from January to December. The application deadline is October 1.

Surgical Technology program accreditation

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Length of Program

You can complete the Surgical Technology program in two semesters following completion of prerequisites.

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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