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Award Levels

Credit Hours Required

Time to Completion

Associate of Applied Science


2 Years



The Surgical Technology program trains students at the Ottawa campus to become entry level surgical technologists. Surgical technologists are integral members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesia care providers, registered nurses and other surgical personnel delivering patient care before, during and after surgery. This program prepares the student for national certification testing.

Surgical technologists handle instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure.  They have an understanding of the procedure being performed, anticipate the needs of the surgeon and perioperative team members, and have the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure while monitoring and preserving the sterile field.

The proficient surgical technologist demonstrates a caring attitude towards the patient, other surgical team members, and the patient-care environment.  It is necessary to understand normal anatomy and physiology, the pathological condition affecting the patient, the planned operative procedure, and consider any variations that may be necessary to accommodate a specific patient.


Surgical technologists fulfill a vital role in the O.R., but are not to be confused with registered nurses.  A proficient surgical technologist is critical to the operative team, and the success of the patient's surgical outcome.

Employment in surgical technology is expected to grow as the volume of surgeries increase, and technological advancements require expert assistance during those surgical procedures. Hospitals continue to be the primary employer of surgical technologists, although other career options include physicians’ office assistant, obstetrical unit technician, and outpatient care centers, including ambulatory surgical centers, sterile supply management and/or technician, surgical supply representatives, and surgical technology education. 

Students at NCCC receive in-depth practical knowledge and substantial clinical education related to the O.R.  If Surgical Technology sounds like a career for you, please contact us about enrolling in our survey course, SURG 100 Introduction to Surgical Technology. (Must be at least 18 years old; program application is not necessary.)





Interested in this program?


Contact an Advisor!

Jennifer Cain



Jennifer Ferguson


You can learn more by watching Part 1 and Part 2 of Making a Difference: A Career in Surgical Technology. 

Surgical Technology Student Achievement Data


CST Exam Pass Rates

Note: Data provided by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting and is calculated based on the first attempts only.


Students Passed Exam/Graduated

% Passed

2024 7/7 100%
2023 6/7 86%
2022 5/6 83%



Employment Rates


Graduates Employed

Employer Satisfaction
2024 100% TBA
2023 86% 100%
2022 100% 83%


Program Path

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Semester I
Credit Hours

Prerequisites: Placement test scores will be used to determine the need for any addittional courses in Developmental Reading/English, Math, and/or Biology.

SURG 100

Introduction to Surgical Technology


BIOl 257

Human Anatomy and Physiology


BIOL 258

Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab


ALHE 105

Medical Terminology


CURR 100

First Year Seminar (only if <15 credits completed)


ENGL 101

English Composition I





Apply for Surgical Technology Program Admittance during Semester I.

Semester II

*SURG 102

Principles and Practices of Surgical Technology


*SURG 101

Introduction to Surgical Technology Lab


BIOL 271



BIOL 272

Microbiology Lab


PSYC 155

General Psychology


CSIS 105

Computer Literacy






^ALHE 141

Basic Life Support/Professional Rescuer


SOSC 100

Introduction to Sociology


COMM 213

Interpersonal Communication





Semester III

*SURG 103

Principles and Practices of ST Lab


*SURG 202

Surgical Procedures I


* SURG 106

Surgical Clinical I


ALHE 122

Introduction to Pharmacology





Semester IV    

*SURG 204

Surgical Procedures II


*SURG 206

Surgical Clinical II


*SURG 208

ST Certification Review





                      Associate of Applied Science Degree Program Credits     


*Prerequisite(s) required. Please note that core surgical courses must be taken in the order presented, and concurrently when applicable.
^American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers may be acquired elsewhere.

 Courses marked with this symbol are approved by the Kansas Board of Regents for guaranteed transfer among all Kansas public postsecondary institutions. Additional courses may be eligible for transfer. Please visit the NCCC Registrar to learn more.  Visit Kansas Board of Regents Transfer and Articulation website for additional information.

Program Outcomes
The Graduate will:
1.    Correlate the knowledge of surgical procedures, anatomy and physiology, microbiology to their role as a surgical technologist and recognize their relationship to safe patient care.
2.    Understand the principles of safe patient care in the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative settings.
3.    Develop and apply fundamental surgical assisting skills through practice and evaluation in the laboratory and clinical settings.
4.    Accurately apply the principles of asepsis across the spectrum of common surgical experiences.
5.    Recognize the variety of patients’ needs and the impact of their personal, physical, emotional, and cultural experiences on the rendering of patient care.
6.    Demonstrate professional responsibility in performance, attitude and personal conduct.
7.    Practice within the confines of the recognized scope of practice within the healthcare community to provide optimal patient care.

Upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), the Surgical Technology program at NCCC is proudly accredited by CAAHEP, which allows graduates to attempt the NBSTSA’s Certified Surgical Technologist Exam.