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    surgical technology


      Video: Surgical Technology

      Program Number: 10-512-1
      School Year: 2018-2019
      Associate of Applied Science Degree
      Campus: Fond du Lac
      Full-Time Enrollment Only

      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 ( upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

      Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
      25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763

      Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

      • $37,749

      Approximate Costs

      • $134.20 per credit (resident)
      • $201.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
      • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
      • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

      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

      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.   
      • Health Requirements need to be met and a Criminal Background Check is required.   

      Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

      Clinical Admissions Requirements

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


      Semester 1
      103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
      501-101Medical Terminology3
      512-125Introduction to Surgical Technology4
      512-126Surgical Technology Fundamentals 14
      512-127Exploring Surgical Issues2
      890-101**College 1012
      Semester 2
      512-128Surgical Technology Fundamentals 24
      512-129Surgical Pharmacology2
      512-130Surgical Skills Application2
      801-136English Composition 13
      Semester 3
      512-131Surgical Interventions 14
      512-132Surgical Technology Clinical 13
      512-133Surgical Technology Clinical 23
      801-1xxCommunication Course3
      809-1xxBehavioral Science Course3
      Semester 4
      512-135Surgical Technology Clinical 33
      512-136Surgical Technology Clinical 43
      512-142Surgical Interventions II4
      809-1xxSocial Science Course3
      Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements68

      Institutional Requirements

      ** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

      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.

      Program Guide

      For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

      Transfer Opportunities

      Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

      Additional Information

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

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

      In 2018 80% of graduates passed the Outcomes Assessment Exam.

      For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.