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Surgical Technology Overview

Program description

The Surgical Technology program prepares students to function in cooperation with the surgeon and nurses in the operating room performing duties that are vital for the safety and care of surgical patients. Students must have knowledge and skills in surgical aseptic techniques for preparation and use of materials during a surgical procedure. Students also must be able to relate to patients and other people in the field. Using reasonable judgment when working in emergency surgical situations is required.

At the completion of the program, students will be able to accept responsibility expected of the surgical technologist as a beginning staff employee in the operating room. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to write the National Certifying Examination for Surgical Technologists for qualification as a certified surgical technologist (CST).

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 West Dry Creek Circle, Ste. 100
Littleton, CO 80120
Toll-free: 1-800-707-0057
Fax: 303-325-2536
Surgical Technology (photo)

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge and skills of biological sciences in preparing and implementing operating room procedures
  2. Identify and apply the concepts of medical ethics in relationship to the patient, physician and health facility
  3. Recognize and apply the knowledge of legal implications of their actions as it relates to themselves, the physician and the medical facility
  4. Identify and utilize surgical instruments, equipment, sutures, dressings, and medications in the operating room according to minimal established competencies
  5. Comprehend surgical terminology utilized within the operating room environment
  6. Apply the concepts of social sciences in relating to patients, and other members of the health team
  7. Identify the professional interrelatedness and interdependency of all segments of the health care delivery system

Career opportunities

  • Outpatient/inpatient surgery centers
  • Maternity floor
  • Central service
  • Instrument processing
  • Vendor representative
  • Physician's office (private scrub)

Persons with Disabilities
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, accommodations for students with disabilities will be considered at the student's request. The student will be required to register with the Disability Support Services office and provide documentation of disability. Once the student is qualified by the DSS Manager as having a disability, requested accommodations will be considered. Accommodations for the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting will be considered according to reasonableness. Accommodations that compromise patient care, or that fundamentally alter the nature of the program or activity, are not considered to be reasonable. A student denied accommodation may request an individualized determination to assure that the denial is not a result of disability discrimination by contacting the Manager of Disability Support Services and Testing at 533-7498. Contact the SCC Disability Support Services office to obtain a copy of the procedures for appeal of an accommodation denial. Other than accommodation issues, procedures for student grievances including academic dismissal are outlined in the following SCC website:

For additional information, please contact Disability Support Services.


Consult the official program outline
for more information about this program.
link to outline
New Admission Prerequisites/Requirements as of May 2007:
  • High school diploma or GED certificate
  • MATH 92 or 96
  • BIOL& 160
  • CIS 110
  • Appropriate scores in one of the following: ASSET or Compass
For more information....Additional Information
If you have general questions regarding the Surgical Technology program, its entry requirements, or the admissions process, please contact the SCC Admissions Office via email ( or phone (509-533-8020 or 1-800-248-5644, ext. 8020), and one of our friendly, knowledgeable staff members will assist you.
If you have more specific questions regarding this program, please contact Tina Jones, CST/RST, who is an instructor in the program, or Becky Scheid, CST/RST, BA, who is the program director. Their contact information is as follows: or
Phone:(509) 533-7303 or 533-8126; 1-800-248-5644 ext. 7303 or 8126
You can also submit an online information request or get our address to write for more information.
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