Surgical Technology

Associate of Applied Science

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It takes a collaborative effort to ensure that things run smoothly in the operating room, where conditions can be stressful and demanding. If you can stay calm in these types of situations, you may consider the critical role of a surgical technician. You would be the member of the surgical team who makes sure that equipment is working properly, that the environment is sterile and safe, and that the patient is comfortable. Surgeries can be invasive, diagnostic, or therapeutic, and you’ll gain experience in all these areas. Your responsibilities will include pre- and post-op care as well.

It takes focus, dedication, and the ability to multi-task to work in an operating room. All candidates will have a job shadowing experience prior to the start of the program and will observe a surgery in progress.

Some courses are available online, with distance learning options available at our regional locations. Study will include lab courses from the beginning, with clinical rotations scheduled as the student progresses.

Graduates take a national certification exam before beginning employment.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Surgical Technology

This program will cost about $10,200* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Career Opportunities

Surgical Technologist
Surgical Technician
Certified Surgical Technologist

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • Apply healthcare and technological science to the perioperative environment.
  • Maintain principles of sterile technique in the surgical environment.
  • Provide a safe, efficient, and supportive environment for the patient.
  • Prepare the patient, operating room and surgical team for the preoperative phase.
  • Perform intraoperative case management in the scrub role.
  • Perform postoperative case management.
  • Function as an ethical, legal, and professional member of the healthcare team as determined by governing bodies.

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

Program Specific Requirements


ACT: 19


ACT: 20


ACT: 19
Additional Requirements:

To enroll in the Surgical Technology program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program’s Essential Functions and complete a background check.  You can find links to these documents below.  In addition, you must complete the prerequisites for General Anatomy and Physiology with a grade of “C” or better.  Please see the details below.


Western Technical College's Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in collaboration with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

CAAHEP Contact Information:
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354

ARC/STSA Contact Information:
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: 303-694-9262
Fax: 303-741-3655

Additional Information

Our Health and Public Safety programs are required to report additional information to prospective students, including certification exams, licensure, program completion rates, etc. You can find this information in the documents below:

Program Contact

Steve Thompson
Program Chair, Surgical Technology

Transfer Agreements

University of WI - Oshkosh

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