What is Surgical Technology?
Surgical technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures ensuring that the operating room environment is safe; surgical equipment functions properly; and the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical technologists also possess expertise in theory and application of sterile and aseptic techniques and combine knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
What are my career options?
A few examples of workplaces in your local area:
- Outpatient surgery centers
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Associate Degree in Applied Science
Associate Degree Surgical Technology | Download the academic plan
***BIO 118 - Microbes and Society, will only be offered during Spring semesters***
Additional Resources / Training
- Download HIPAA Training Information
- Download Bloodborne Pathogens Training Information
- Visit CastleBranch
- Download the Selective Admission Points
Pre-Admission Conference Dates
- New Online conference information to come - Deadline has been extended to May 15.
All conferences will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Allied Health Building, room E108.
Accreditation / Program Success
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) - 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350
Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting(ARC/STSA) - 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110, Littleton, CO 80120, (303) 694-9262
National Board of Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) - 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 100, Littleton, CO 80120, (800) 707-0057
Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) - 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 200, Littleton CO, 80120, (800) 637-7433
Licensure Pass Rate
- Outcome Assessment Exam pass rate for the class of 2014-2015 was 75%.
- Outcome Assessment Exam pass rate for the class of 2015-2016 was 100%.
- Outcome Assessment Exam pass rate for the second class of 2015-2016 was 83%.
- Outcome Assessment Exam pass rate for the class of 2016-2017 was 83%.
- Outcome Assessment Exam pass rate for the class of 2017-18 was 100%.
- Outcome Assessment Exam pass rate for the class of 2018-19 was 88%.
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.
Field Licensure Requirements
In addition to completing the program, students must pass the national certification exam to become registered. State licensure is required in some states. CPR certification at healthcare provider level, proof of immunizations, background checks, and drug screens are required after a student is admitted and prior to starting the first semester of the program.