Surgical Technology

This program prepares students to work as surgical technologists in the operating room, labor and delivery, ambulatory surgical care centers, cardiac catheterization laboratories, physician’s offices or central supply units. Surgical technologists work under medical supervision to facilitate safe and effective performance of invasive surgical procedures aimed at optimizing patient safety. Graduates may sit for the Surgical Technologist national certification exam administered through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

This program begins only in the Fall Semester and takes one year to complete. It is essentially a 40-hour per week day-time program which includes both classes and clinical labs. Clinicals will be held in hospital operating rooms with students working with a preceptor. Students must have their own transportation to travel to a hospital site within a 45-mile radius. Upon completion of the program, students will take the certification examination administered through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

With an increasing demand for surgical technologists, opportunities are plentiful. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, surgical technology is one of the fastest growing professions; demand is expected to increase 43 percent in the next five to ten years. Many hospitals offer sign-on bonuses; on-call responsibility also carries a monetary perk.

Please note:This program has special admissions requirements. Contact the Office of Enrollment Services to obtain a copy of the Surgical Technology Application Procedures Booklet or download a copy online.

The pass rate on the Surgical Technology certification exam for 2015 was 88%.

Where could you work?

  • Operating rooms
  • Emergency rooms
  • Ambulatory surgical care centers
  • Labor and delivery
  • Cardiac catheterization laboratories
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Central supply units
  • Sales

The Surgical Technology program has an application deadline of March 1. Students must be 18 years of age, complete placement testing, and submit transcripts and proof of high school diploma or GED by the application deadline. Contact the Enrollment Services Office for an application packet at (708) 709-3517 or visit Room 1160.

Accreditation Information

This program meets nationally established standards for Surgical Technology. It has been approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park St.
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 210-2350

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 Dry Creek Circle
Littleton, CO  80120
Phone: (303) 694-9262

Degrees and Certificates

View the curriculum for each program in the current Academic Catalog. You can also access the entire catalog online. An archive of previous catalogs and addenda is also available.

Please visit Career Programs and Transfer Degrees, where you will find information describing the requirements needed to complete a degree or certificate.


A listing of course descriptions is available in the current Academic Catalog. For a listing of when courses are offered, consult the current course schedule or WebAdvisor.


Julie Wedster
Assistant Professor/Coordinator, Surgical Technology
Office L-165