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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.

What is 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.

What are my career choices?

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.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


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:

  • Any and all deficiencies identified from placement testing must be remediated prior to admission.
  • Students interested in entering the August class must have SUR 109 Intro to Surgical Technology (offered over the summer), BIO 135 OR Bio 137 and 139 completed before starting the program in August. Students may interview without having SUR 109, BIO 135 OR Bio 137 and Bio 139 completed, but would need to take SUR 109 and BIO 135 OR 137 and 139 over the summer before starting the Surgical Technology program in August.
  • Professional CPR Training (must be maintained for the duration of the program).
  • The 2020-2021 Application for Program Admission must be submitted before the deadline of May 1 and can be found at this link. Each Candidate will receive an email 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 the GPA, the nterview, and previous experience in the health care field. 

Technical Standards

Surgical Technology involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of surgical technology technical functions. Therefore, all applicants should possess sufficient:

  1. visual acuity, such as is needed in the surgical environment and for the observation necessary for patient assessment and care;
  2. auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices (e.g., cardiac monitors, biomedical equipment, fire alarms, etc.);
  3. gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills, including the manipulation of equipment, positioning and lifting patients required in meeting health needs related to surgical technology;
  4. verbal and non-verbal communication skills (speech, reading, and writing), such as are needed in classroom and clinical settings to interact with patients and professional personnel; and
  5. intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for individuals.

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.


Graduates from this program Must take the national certifying exam for Surgical Technologists offered through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (CST)

The Surgical Technology program is accredited through The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350,

Madisonville Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Madisonville Community College.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs LogoProgram Outcomes

  • 2016-2017 Surgical Technology outcomes:

    Retention: 100%

    CST exam results: 80%

  • 2017-2018 Surgical Technology outcomes:

    Retention: 92%

    CST exam results: 67%

  • 2018-2019 Surgical Technology outcomes:

    Retention: 93%

    CST exam results: 85%

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Surgical First Assistant Program Director


Aaron Morris CST. CSA. KCSA

Clinical Instructor