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surgical technology


    Video: Surgical Technology

    Program Number: 10-512-1
    School Year: 2019-2020
    Associate of Applied Science Degree
    Campus: Fond du Lac
    This program is eligible for financial aid
    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 (www.caahep.org) 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

    • $39,000

    Approximate Costs

    • $136.50 per credit (resident)
    • $204.75 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

    1. Visit the Admissions Page for details
    2. In addition to standard admissions, this program also has:
      1. Health Requirements   
      2. Criminal Background Check   

    Clinical Admissions Requirements

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


    Number Title Crs
    Semester 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
    Semester 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
    Semester 3
    512-131 Surgical Interventions 1 4
    512-132 Surgical Technology Clinical 1 3
    512-133 Surgical Technology Clinical 2 3
    801-1xx Communication Course 3
    809-1xx Behavioral Science Course 3
    Total 16
    Semester 4
    512-135 Surgical Technology Clinical 3 3
    512-136 Surgical Technology Clinical 4 3
    512-142 Surgical Interventions II 4
    809-1xx Social Science Course 3
    Total 13
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 68

    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.