Surgical Technology (ST)


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.

Program Code



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: |
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 2018 graduates was 88%


Employment Options

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 Technologists

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$41,790 annually

Employment Outlook

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

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • 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

Unpaid Clinical


Effective 2018-2019 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 1LecLabCredits
BIO 151Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( B) 324
MAT 105Quantitative Reasoning ( G) 223
ST 100Introduction to Surgical Technology ( T) 101
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
After completing Year 1, Semester 1 courses, apply for Selective Enrollment into the ST program.  
Second Year
Semester 1  
BIO 152Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 324
BIO 220Microbiology ( G) 233
ST 101Surgical Foundations and Procedures 1 ( T) 606
ST 111Surgical Principles and Practice 1 ( B) 132
Semester 2  
PST 135Disaster Preparedness for Healthcare Workers ( B) 202
ST 102Surgical Foundations and Procedures 2 ( T) 606
ST 112Surgical Principles and Practice 2 ( B) 132
ST 181Surgical Technology Clinical Skills Application 1 ( T) 132
Semester 3  
COMM 105Interpersonal Communication ( G) 303
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
ST 201Advanced Surgical Procedures 1 ( T) 404
ST 182Surgical Technology Clinical Skills Application 2 ( T) 062
Third Year
Semester 1  
ENG 105English Composition 2: Business Communication ( G) 303
ST 202Advanced Surgical Procedures 2 ( T) 404
ST 281Surgical Technology Clinical Directed Practice 1 ( T) 1245
Semester 2  
ST 282Surgical Technology Clinical Directed Practice 2 ( T) 1245
Total Credits:  487265


First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100College Survival Skills1
FYE 105College Success Strategies2
FYE 110Community College Experience3


Learn about the Health Program Selective Admission (Progression) process.

Learn about the TEAS Test 

Important Documents


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


Program Chair
LaVon Moore, BES, AAS, CST
(513) 569-1673
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