Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology video

Program Number: 10-512-1
School Year: 2015-2016
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus*: Fond du Lac

Program Description

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings.

The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

The clinical case requirement for program completion includes a minimum of 120 cases.

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). ARC/STSA is sponsored by the Association of Surgical Technologists, the American College of Surgeons and the American Hospital Association, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

  • $36,397

Approximate Costs

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply health care and technological science principles to the peri-operative 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 health care team as determined by governing bodies.

Career Opportunities

  • Surgical Technologist Scrub Role
  • Central Supply Technologist
  • Surgical Technologist/Private Scrub
  • Second Assisting Technologist (with additional education Surgical First Assistant)
  • Laser/Endoscopic Technologist
  • Tissue/Organ Procurement
  • GI Technologist
  • OB Technologist

Program Applications

Applications for admission to the Surgical Technology program will continue to be accepted until further notice. Please check our Application Deadlines for periodic updates.

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
  • Health Requirements need to be met and a Criminal Background Check is required.   
  • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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Clinical Admissions Requirements

  • 806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
  • 806-179 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)


Number Title Crs
Term 1
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
501-101 Medical Terminology 3
512-125 Introduction to Surgical Technology 4
512-126 Surgical Technology Fundamentals 1 4
512-127 Exploring Surgical Issues 2
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 16
Term 2
512-128 Surgical Technology Fundamentals 2 4
512-129 Surgical Pharmacology 2
512-130 Surgical Skills Application 2
801-136 English Composition 1 3
806-197 Microbiology 4
Total 15
Term 3
512-131 Surgical Interventions 1 4
512-132 Surgical Technology Clinical 1 3
512-133 Surgical Technology Clinical 2 3
801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
 - OR - 
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3
Total 16
Term 4
512-135 Surgical Technology Clinical 3 3
512-136 Surgical Technology Clinical 4 3
512-142 Surgical Interventions II 4
809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application 3
Total 13
Required Elective Credits 3
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 71

Exit Assessment

Clinical experiences, evaluations, and attendance at and completion of the scheduled CST exam are exit assessment graduation requirements for the program.

In 2014 100% of graduates passed the Outcomes Assessment Exam

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

Additional Program Requirements

Students accepted into the Surgical Technology program are required to meet the following CAAHEP and ARC/STSA Accreditation program criteria for graduation: Satisfactory completion of program courses Surgical Interventions II and Surgical Technology Clinical 4, completion of 120 Surgery Experience cases as established according to CAAHEP and ARC/STSA Clinical Student Scrub Roles, Clinical Experience Surgery Case Requirements, and final completion of the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam.

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

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