Surgical Technology





Program Summary

The Surgical Technology certificate program is a two-year program offered at community colleges through the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market. This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to practice as certified surgical technologists.

Students successfully completing the program will be fully qualified for jobs as scrub surgical technologists and circulating surgical technologists. Program graduates will be eligible for employment in hospitals, surgical centers, and clinics and physicians offices. The program is offered off-campus in a central laboratory.

Graduates of the accredited S.T. program must sit for the National Certifying Exam for Surgical Technologists. The computer-delivered examination will be administered at students’ home campus upon completion of the program. The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) is the certifying agency, which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Successful completion of this exam will confer the title of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).


Program Guide

Surgical Technology (ORT 5199)


Admission Requirements

Persons seeking admission to the Surgical Technology Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Have graduated from an approved high school or demonstrate equivalent competency (GED examination)
  • Meet all admission policies and complete all required admission forms of the college
  • Take the Health Occupation Aptitude Examination – Revised
  • Submit a completed Surgical Technology application form to the college by March 1
  • Submit to a criminal background check and drug testing after admission into the program

Students must be certified in CPR Healthcare Provider through the American Heart Association at the start of the program.

Retention in the ST program requires that students must earn a grade of C or better in all STP and general education courses.

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First Year

Fall SemesterCredit Hours
STP 121Intro to Surgical Technology3
HIT 100Medical Terminology I3
*BIO 221Anatomy and Physiology I*4
MAT 122Mathematics for Healthcare Professionals3
Spring SemesterCredit Hours
STP 122Principles and Practices7
STP 127Pharmacology for Health Professions3
*BIO 222Anatomy and Physiology II4
Summer SemesterCredit Hours
STP 123Surgical Procedures I3
STP 125Clinical Rotation I2.5
ENG 111English Composition I3
*Prerequisite Course BIO 115 Human Biology


Second Year

Fall SemesterCredit Hours
STP 225Surgical Procedures II5
STP 226Clinical Rotation II5
BIO 218Introduction to Microbiology4
Spring SemesterCredit Hours
STP 227Surgical Procedures III5
STP 228Clinical Rotation III5
SPC 111 or SPC 210Speech or Interpersonal Communication3


Possible Career Opportunities

  • Certified Surgical Tech/First Assistant
  • Certified Surgical Technician
  • Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)
  • Surgical Scrub Technician
  • Operating Room Surgical Technician (OR St)
  • Surgical Technician Operating Room Technician (OR Tech)
  • Operating Room Technologist (OR Tech)
  • Surgical Scrub Technologist (Surgical Scrub Tech)
  • Surgical Technologist (Surgical Tech)



The SICCM Surgical Technology Program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) by recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology.



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