Surgical Tech

Surgical Technology

The surgical technologist is trained to perform specific functions in the operating room and is a vital member of the surgical team. Surgical technologists prepare supplies, equipment, and assist in preparing patients for surgery. Their duties include preparing the operating room with instruments, equipment, and all sterile supplies required for an operation. The surgical technologist is responsible for passing instruments during surgery, holding retractors, cutting sutures, and counting all instruments, needles and sponges used during an operation. They may also apply post-operative dressings or assist with the application of casts. Surgical technologists also learn how to sterilize instruments. They handle special drugs, solutions, supplies, and equipment used for specific procedures. In addition, they are responsible for helping clean and maintain a safe operating room environment.

Classroom instruction in theory and basic surgical skills is provided on campus. Under the guidance of program faculty, you can gain valuable experience in the care of clients of all ages in a number of different hospitals.

Available Credentials

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


For a printable copy of program course requirements, click an option above or consult the Madisonville Advising Plan.

Employment Opportunities

 Employment is available in hospital operating rooms, delivery rooms, physician's offices as a surgeon's assistant, or in free standing centers (outpatient or ambulatory surgery). The average wage throughout the United States ranges from $26,000 to $32,200.

Admission Requirements

Surgical Technology is a selective admission program. In addition to MCC’s general admission requirements, candidates to the program must complete the following:

  • Schedule an appointment with the program coordinator

  • Schedule classes and pay tuition during registration 

  • Any and all deficiencies identified from placement testing must be remediated prior to admission 

  • Submit a written request (or e-mail) for admission to the program coordinator  by May 1st . In May, each Candidate will receive a letter with the date, time and location for an interview. The program selection committee will meet  in May to select candidates for the August class based on: GPA, Interview, KY residency and previous experience in the health care field. Students interested in entering the August class must have Intro to computers, medical terminology, SUR 109 Intro to Surgical Technology and BIO 135 ( for diploma option) OR BIO 137 and BIO 139 (for AAS option) completed prior to entering the August class. NOTE: Potential candidates may apply in April without having SUR 109 and BIO 135 OR Bio 137 and Bio 139 to the program and be accepted based on completing SUR 109 and BIO 135 OR  Bio 137 and Bio 139 prior to the start of the Surgical Technology program in August.  
  • Professional CPR Training (must be maintained for the duration of the program)

Length of Program

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

For more information

Jeff Bidwell
(270) 824-1740

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.