Surgical Technology

  • Beginning fall 2021, all Health and Human Services students participating in off-site clinical placements must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Moraine Park Technical College establishes our student vaccination/immunization requirements by aligning with the requirements of the most restrictive health agency utilized for clinical placements.
  • All students participating in clinical must provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination prior to being allowed at an off-site clinical location. Dependent upon the agency placed, a student may be able to receive a health/religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Failure to vaccinate may impact the ability to progress in your chosen health program.
  • If you have questions or need a health/religious exemption, please contact Danielle Rhoads. Approval of an MPTC Exception does not ensure that you will receive approval from your assigned clinical/internship site, as their exception standards may differ from those used by MPTC.

This program is full-time enrollment only.

Stay local or take your career nationwide as a surgical technologist. Moraine Park’s Surgical Technology program prepares you to carry out common operating room procedures and handle high-pressure situations as a valuable member of a surgical team. Are you ready to scrub in?

About the Program

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, prepare sterile instruments and supplies, and assist doctors during surgeries. Yet, that simple explanation doesn’t do the career justice.

Consider that you have a front-row seat to a live anatomy lesson every day as you work alongside physicians and assist them in carrying out surgical procedures. You will be trained to stay alert and anticipate a surgeon’s every move. To do this, you will be skilled at understanding the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of what has brought a patient into the operating room.

As you earn your degree, you’ll learn the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique (medical practices and procedures that prevent contamination and help protect patients from dangerous germs or infections), human anatomy, surgical procedures, as well as the preparations before and after the procedures.

Students gain hands-on experience starting in on-campus surgical suite labs and then continuing in an off-site clinical setting for two semesters. A minimum of 120 clinical cases are required to graduate.

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
9355-113th Street N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775

What You’ll Learn

Surgical technology students learn the basic principles and best practices necessary before, during and after procedures. (In the professional field, these are referred to as pre-, intra- and post-operative environments.) This includes, but is not limited to how to maintain a safe and sterile surgical environment, how to provide a safe and supportive environment for the patient, how to assist with preoperative preparation of the patient, how to prepare operating rooms and the sterile field, safe and efficient performance during procedures, and how to work as a surgical team.

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