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 and Gainful Employment information regarding graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete the program, and other information required by federal Gainful Employment regulations.

Review the Admissions Checklist, Essential Skills form, and Admissions Application. 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 Class Size


Estimated Completion Time

12-13 months

Certification Pass Rate


Upcoming Program Events

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
MED-120 Survey of Medical Terminology 2
SUR-122 Surgical Procedures I 6
SUR-123 Sur Clinical Practice I 7
SUR-137 Professional Success Preparation 1