Surgical Technology

informationEffective Fall 2016, the Associate in Applied Science will be the only credential option for the Surgical Technology Program at OCTC.

informationNew Program Admission Guidelines:
The following courses must be completed within five (5) years of program start date.
a. Human Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 137) or its equivalent.
b. Human Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 139) or its equivalent.
c. Microbiology requirement or its equivalent.
d. Medical Terminology requirement or its equivalent.

Do you want to help save lives? Do you do your best work when the pressure is on? A career in Surgical Technology may be for you! Surgical technologists are integral members of medical teams who work closely with surgeons and other medical professionals in multiple settings, including offices, surgical centers, and hospitals. After completing prerequisite courses that include an in-depth study of anatomy, physiology, and microbiology, students admitted to the program learn through hands-on experiences in the classroom and on-site at clinical facilities. A minimum grade of “C” is required in all program courses.

Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater , FL 33756; (727) 210-2350; and graduates are eligible to take the certifying examination offered by the National Board of Certification for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Mission Statement

The primary program mission is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior), learning domains. This will be accomplished by providing sound educational opportunities, both didactic and clinical, that will enable individuals to perform as Certified Surgical Technologists in competent, entry-level practice.

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

  • Surgical Technology: 60-65 credit hours


For course sequence and graduation requirements, see the academic plan. See the program card.


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756, (727) 210-2350,

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA)

Admission Requirements

  • Attend a Pre-Admission Conference scheduled in April.
  • Apply for admissions to Owensboro Community and Technical College if not currently enrolled in a KCTCS college.
  • Submit all requested documents as outlined in the Pre-Admission Conference by May 1st.
  • Consult OCTC for general admission requirements.
  • Consult KCTCS Senate Rules for system guidelines.
  • Candidates must complete all courses for the Surgical Technology Program with a minimum grade of a “C”. This includes all prerequisite courses.
  • Additional requirements: ST Program Admission Guidelines.

Note: CPR for Healthcare Provider course must be obtained prior to enrolling in the first Surgical Technology course and certification must be kept current throughout the Program.

The Surgical Technology program is a selective admissions program that is professionally accredited. The program prepares you to be part of a team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. The program provides clinical experience that builds on classroom instruction in science, patient care, aseptic techniques and surgical procedures. Students who complete the program are eligible to take the certifying exam offered by the National Board Certification for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Use the contact info on this page to learn more. 

    Length of Program

    Following completion of prerequisites and gaining acceptance into the Surgical Technology program, it is a two semester program with an additional intersession in the summer. The program (diploma and/or degree) begins in the Fall semester.

    Job Opportunities

    Surgical Technology is one of the fastest growing fields in the nation. Our aging population needs surgical services more than ever, and advancing technology allows surgical technicians to assist with more procedures.

    For more information

    Zara Basham, CST
    Program Coordinator 270-686-4650

    This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog . You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all diploma/certificate/degree requirements.

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