Surgical Technology

Start a career as a critical member of the surgical team

Surgical technologists work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, and registered nurses to deliver direct patient care before, during, and after surgery. They may prepare surgical instruments and equipment, transport and ready patients for surgery, handle specimens for analysis, and clean and restock the operating room. ACC's surgical technology program combines focused classroom instruction with valuable supervised experience in the operating room. Students cover subjects such as anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, surgical pathology, and surgical procedures while preparing for their national certification exam - on which ACC students average a 90% pass rate.

The following degree and certificate options are available:

  • Certificate in Surgical Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology

PLEASE NOTE: If you have not already completed the ACC admissions process, please visit the Future Students page. At the financial aid page you can check your eligibility and submit an application.

This program has specific program requirements and prerequisite courses. Acceptance to ACC does not guarantee admission to this program.

What skills can I gain?

Students develop expertise in proper sterile technique, the passing of instruments and sutures, the use of modern surgical technology and equipment, and patient care in the operating room. Upon completion of the program, the student is qualified and required to take the national certification examination for surgical technologists. During the program, students will observe or participate in over 80 surgical procedures.

Associate degree students build a solid educational foundation with general academic courses such as English composition, speech or psychology, and humanities. The certificate program focuses almost entirely on topics in the surgical field.

How long will it take to get a degree or certificate?

Most students require at least two and a half years of full time study to complete an associate degree. The certificate can be completed in a year and a half of full-time study.

Where can I work with this education?

In addition to hospital operating rooms and ambulatory surgical centers, surgical technologists often work in labor and delivery rooms, cast rooms, and sterile processing areas, as well as in dental offices and research facilities.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Surgical Technologists must stand for long periods and remain alert during operations. At times they may be exposed to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights, odors, and materials.

This program is accredited through the Accreditation Review Committee-Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (6 W. Dry Creek Cir. Suite 110, Littleton, CO 80120, www.arcst.org) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 727.210.2350, www.caahep.org)