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Surgical Technology

Support doctors and other medical professionals as an operating room technician. You’ll learn to prepare for and assist during surgeries as part of a healthcare team. 

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What is 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.

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 pass rate for the class of 2018 was 100%.
  • Outcome Assessment Exam pass rate for the class of 2019 was 85%.
  • Outcome Assessment Exam pass rate for the class of 2020 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

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?


Additional Information

Surgical Technology: 60 - 65 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Surgical Technology Bridge Program: 18 Total credit hours
Surgical Technologist: 45 - 59 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Surgical First Assisting: 61 - 64 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

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)

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.