The Surgical Technology program focuses on the scrub role during general and specialty surgical procedures. The surgical technologist provides patient care before, during, and after surgery. Responsibilities include preparing operative equipment and supplies, providing instrumentation during operative procedures, and other intra-operative patient care activities. Surgical technologists also share circulating tasks (responsibilities that may require patient interaction) with nurses.

Students develop skills through integrated theory and practice in the classroom and simulated laboratory practice, and through clinical experiences in hospital and/or ambulatory surgery operating rooms.


The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in collaboration with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110, Littleton, CO, 80120-8031. Websites: www.caahep.org | www.arcstsa.org.

Credentialing: Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and are prepared to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) certification examination for designation as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Program Outcomes: The pass rate for the Certified Surgical Technology exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for May 2023 graduates was 89%.


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Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Demonstrate competencies in entry-level surgical skills
  • Serve in the scrub or assistant circulator role on the surgical team
  • Serve in the private scrub role for surgeons
  • Serve as central service manager

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Surgical Technologist

Graduate Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, surgical technology employment opportunities are expected to increase by 30% through 2022 (much faster than average).

$41,790 annually

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • Tri Health, Inc
  • The Christ Hospital
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Mercy Health Partners of Southwest Ohio
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare
  • UC Health
  • The Fort Hamilton Hospital

Co-op Salary Projections

Program contains unpaid clinical experience


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Learn about the Health & Public Safety Selective Admission (Progression) process and the TEAS test

Review the Progression Process Overview (PDF below) and then ask the Program Chair or Advisor for the Progression Packet

Effective 2023-2024 academic year

Surgical Technology (ST)

Program prerequisites:  Students seeking admission to the Surgical Technology program must complete specific requirements. After completing Semester 1 of Year 1, students should apply for selective enrollment into the Surgical Technology program. Year 2 courses will begin in Fall Semester. Students should meet with their academic advisor to discuss eligibility and deadlines for selective enrollment.

First Year
Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
BIO 151 Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( B) 3 2 4
MAT 105 Quantitative Reasoning ( G) 2 2 3
ST 100 Introduction to Surgical Technology ( T) 1 0 1
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B) 1 0 1
After completing Year 1, Semester 1 courses, apply for Selective Enrollment into the ST program.
Second Year
Semester 1
BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 3 2 4
BIO 220 Microbiology ( G) 2 3 3
ST 101 Surgical Foundations and Procedures 1 ( T) 6 0 6
ST 111 Surgical Principles and Practice 1 ( B) 1 3 2
Semester 2
MCH 101 Medical Terminology 1 ( B) 2 0 2
ST 102 Surgical Foundations and Procedures 2 ( T) 6 0 6
ST 112 Surgical Principles and Practice 2 ( B) 1 3 2
ST 181 Surgical Technology Clinical Skills Application 1 ( T) 1 3 2
Semester 3
COMM 105 Interpersonal Communication ( G) 3 0 3
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
ST 201 Advanced Surgical Procedures 1 ( T) 4 0 4
ST 182 Surgical Technology Clinical Skills Application 2 ( T) 0 6 2
Third Year
Semester 1
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication ( G) 3 0 3
ST 202 Advanced Surgical Procedures 2 ( T) 4 0 4
ST 281 Surgical Technology Clinical Directed Practice 1 ( T) 1 24 5
Semester 2
ST 282 Surgical Technology Clinical Directed Practice 2 ( T) 1 24 5
Total Credits: 48 72 65


First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100 College Success Strategies: Overview 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies: Overview and Application 2
FYE 110 College Success Strategies: Practice and Application 3
FYE 120 College Success Strategies: Campus Integration 4
The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.

G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum
Some courses are offered in alternative versions identified with a letter after the course number -- for example, ENG 101 and ENG 101A.

• This curriculum displays only course numbers without the added letter.
• The alternative version, when available, meets the requirements of the course version without the added letter.

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