seward county community college

Surgical Technology


Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are specifically trained to function as an integral member of the surgical team, performing specialized duties before, during and after a surgical procedure.  Surgical technologists prepare the operating room, including the sterile field, setting up surgical equipment, supplies and solutions. During surgery, surgical technologists pass instruments, fluids and supplies to the surgeon and prepare and manage surgical equipment. Surgical technologists simultaneously manage the sterile field and specimens. They perform a count of sponges and supplies to prevent foreign retained objects. Surgical technologists are certified following successful completion of a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs-accredited program or other programmatically-accredited surgical technology program and the national Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.


The Surgical Technology Program is offered in an online lecture format with an on campus lab component and locally available clinical affiliate sites. Students sit for their national certification exam immediately following graduation. CST (Certified Surgical Technologist) (CAAHEP Accredited program)

Mission Statement

To prepare entry-level Surgical Technologists who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

Special Online Requirements

Students must meet the requirements to complete the program with Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology. Students complete the didactic portion via their computer with all exams being proctored at a pre-approved site in their area or at the SCCC campus.

Surgical technology students are required to travel to the SCCC Campus in the fall to complete the lab portion. Lab days are Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. All final exams within the Surgical Technology Online Program will be proctored at the SCCC Colvin Family Center for Allied Health (with Surgical Technology Instructor). Students are required to travel to clinical affiliate sties during spring and summer semester. 

Applications for the program are accepted each year beginning November 1. Interviews will be conducted after completion of the application process. Applications are accepted until May 1st. Applications will be accepted after May 1st but may be placed on a wait list. 

At the SCCC Colvin Family Center for Allied Health Surgical Technology, students have access to a surgical technology skills laboratory to develop the necessary competencies needed to provide patient care. Our building has its own computer lab for students to use, including internet access.

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