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Surgical Technology

Support doctors and other medical professionals as an operating room technician. You’ll learn to prepare for and assist during surgeries as part of a healthcare team.

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What is Surgical Technology?

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 such as medical offices, out-patient clinics, and the operating room. 

The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures.  This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon 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 techniques 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.

This program provides clinical experience built upon classroom instruction in the basic sciences, patient care, aseptic techniques and surgical procedures. CPR (for Healthcare Professionals) requirements must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in clinicals mid-October and must be kept current throughout the program.

Graduates receiving their degrees meet the requirements to take the national certification exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). All students must take this exam to graduate.

What are my career choices?

The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon 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. Surgical technologist work in medical offices, outpatient clinics and operating rooms. SCC's Surgical Technology program had a 100% job placement rate for 2022 and per the Association of Surgical Technologist (AST) Salary Map, the average KY salary is $23.85 per hour. 

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Advising Plans

First Semester
Class Credit hours
BIO 137 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
AHS 115 - Medical Terminology OR 3
CLA 131 - Medical Terminology from Greek and Latin OR (3)
MIT 103 - Medical Office Terminology 3
ENG 101 - Writing I 3
Total 10
Second Semester
Class Credit hours
BIO 139 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
MAT 110 - Applied Mathematics OR 3
Higher Level Quantitative Reasoning Course (3)
Heritage/Humanities 3
Social/Behavioral Science 3
Digital Literacy or Competency Exam 0-3
CPR (American Heart Association Only)  
Total  13-16
Summer Term
Class Credit hours
BIO 118 - Microbes and Society OR
BIO 225 - Medical Microbiology w/Lab OR (4)
BIO 226 - Principles of Microbiology OR (3) 
Total 3-4
Third Semester
Class Credit hours
SUR 100 - Surgical Technologies Fundamentals/Theory 12
SUR 102 - Surgical Technologies Fundamentals/Lab 3
SUR 125 - Surgical Technology Skills Practicum I 3
Total  18
Fourth Semester
Class Credit hours
SUR 202 - Surgical Technology Advanced Theory 11
SUR 201 - Surgical Technology Skills Practicum II 7
Total  18
 

Total hours for program: 62-67

NOTE: Credential requirements for this program are subject to change. Students should verify course requirements with their advisor.

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.

Pre-Admission Conference

A pre-admissions conference is required prior to applicant’s consideration by the Surgical Technology Admissions Committee. You can now participate in the pre-admission conference online.

After viewing the online pre-admission conference, a student may then print the application and verification form and hand in the completed documents to Tammy Day, Program Coordinator.

If a student applied to the program or attended a pre-admission conference in the past, the student must still view the online pre-admission conference each semester and submit a new application and other necessary information to be considered for acceptance.

Admission Documents

Application (pdf, new window)
Verification Form (pdf, new window)
Point System (pdf, new window)

Additional Criteria

Students must undergo a drug/background check and submit the following documentation prior to clinicals:

  • Current CPR certification from the American Heart Association
  • Eye exam
  • Physical exam
  • Immunization records: MMR or titer, Tdap/Tetanus or titer, Varicella or titer, Hepatitis B or titer, TB skin test, Influenza, COVID-19

Accreditation

The Surgical Technology program at Somerset Community College is accredited through:

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), www.arcstsa.org

19751 E. Mainstreet
Suite #339
Parker, CO 80138
(303) 694-9262

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), www.caahep.org

9355 113th St. N
#7709 Seminole, FL 33775
(727) 210-2350

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), www.sacscoc.org

SACS
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 679-4500

 

Professional Organization, Association of Surgical Technologists, www.ast.org

National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), www.nbstsa.org

3 West Dry Creek Circle
Littleton, CO 80120
(800) 707-0057
 
Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Examination Pass Rate
Rate year Passing students/number of examinees Number passing on 1st attempt Number passing on 2nd attempt Percent Pass Rate
2022 6/7 85%   85%
2021 6/8 75%   75%
2020 5/8 63%   63%
2019 7/13 54% 61% 61%
2018  10/12 83%   83%
2017 7/7 100%   100%

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Program Contact

Tammy Day

Program Coordinator

606.451.6792

tammy.day@kctcs.edu

Program Contact

Cheryl Ping

Surgical Technology

Administrative Assistant

606.451.6841

cheryl.ping@kctcs.edu 

Program Contact

Anita Anderson

Surgical Technology

Clinical Coordinator

606.451.6814

anita.anderson@kctcs.edu