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Surgical Technology Program

Associate of Applied Science│2 Years│Full-Time Only 68│Credits│Fond du Lac Campus│Eligible for Financial Aid

Stay local or take your career nationwide as a surgical technologist. Moraine Park’s Surgical Tech 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?

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.

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.


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)
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  • This program requires all students to train at off-site agencies – external to the College. As such, students must remain compliant with both the criminal background and healthcare requirements. Falling out of compliance may prevent students from progressing in or result in administrative removal from the program.
  • Health requirements are subject to change based on external agency requirements.
  • A full list of health requirements for this program is available from your academic advisor or by contacting the Student Health Record Representative at drhoads1@morainepark.edu.