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Surgical Technology

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What is Surgical Technology?

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.

What are my career choices?

The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Associate in Applied Science Degree and Transfer

  • Surgical Technology: 60-65 credit hours

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

Licensure Pass Rates and Employment Opportunities

  • Outcomes Assessment Exam (OAE) pass rate for the class of 2017-2018 was 100%. 
  • Outcomes Assessment Exam (OAE) pass rate for the class of 2016-2017 was 100%
  • Outcomes Assessment Exam (OAE) pass rate for the class of 2015-2016 was 100%
  • Outcomes Assessment Exam (OAE) pass rate for the class of 2014-2015 was 100%
  • Outcomes Assessment Exam (OAE) pass rate for the class of 2013-2014 was 100%

  • The range of wages for the ST is as follows:
    • Annual National Wage Range - $27,510 to $54,300
    • Hourly National Wage Range - $13.23 to $ 22.56

Additional Information

Surgical Technology: 60 - 65 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Surgical Technology Bridge Program: 18 Total credit hours
Surgical Technologist: 45 - 59 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Surgical First Assisting: 61 - 64 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 25400 U. S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (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 (OCTC) 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 with AED training course must be obtained prior to enrolling in the first Surgical Technology practicum 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

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

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 degree requirements.

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Program Contact

Zara Basham, CST
Surgical Technology
Program Coordinator