Surgical Technology

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

The Surgical Technology program trains graduates to set up and pass instruments to the surgeon during various surgical procedures. Patients count on every professional in the operating room to help ensure a safe and effective outcome, and a Surgical Technology degree prepares grads for that professionalism.

Graduates will become an integral member of the health care team providing surgical care to patients. Under the supervision of a surgeon, surgical technologists 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.

Skills Acquired

  • Correlate the knowledge base in sciences and current technologies to their role as a Surgical Technologist.
  • Demonstrate and integrate principles of surgical asepsis as part of the perioperative experience.
  • Recognize the patient as a “unique” individual in a culturally diverse client population across the life span.
  • Develop effective communication with the surgeon, staff and patient to assess the needs for a particular surgical procedure.
  • Perform as a competent entry-level surgical technologist in a health care setting with an emphasis on delivering safe and efficient patient care.
  • Promote environmental safety as formulated by OSHA, JCAHO, AST, AORN and other regulatory bodies.
2017 Placement Rate
Central MN Average Hourly Pay

Career Choices

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians Offices
  • Outpatient Care Centers

Where Grads Work

  • St. Cloud Hospital 
  • CentraCare Plaza
  • University of MN
  • Summit Orthopedics 
  • Willmar Surgery Center 
  • North Metro Surgery Center 
  • Sanford Health Center 
  • Douglas County Hospital 
  • Harrison Medical Center 

Accreditations & Credentials

The St. Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTCC) Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763

Info Sessions

Contact Us

Advising Assistance for admitted Pre-Surgical Technology Students at SCTCC:
Pre-Surgical Technology student advisors are located in the Academic Advising Center.
Phone: 320-308-5741
Office: Northway Building, 1-312

Surgical Technology Program Faculty Representative:
Our Surgical Technology Program has a faculty member that will address questions about time in the class, clinicals, and about faculty in the Program.  If you have questions related to these topics, please contact our Faculty Representative:

Laurie Green-Quayle
Phone: 320-308-5921
Office: Health Sciences Building, 127K

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