Surgical Technology student washing hands

Surgical Technology Program

Surgical technologists are integral members of a surgical team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical personnel. Surgical technologists set up the operating room, prepare instruments, assisting in their use and prepare prepare patients for surgery. 

Surgical Technology program courses teach students how to deliver patient care and perform tasks that ensure a safe surgical environment that help contribute and support an operating team's efficiency. Coursework includes both classroom and clinical instruction to expose students to a variety of surgical settings.

In order to register, students must follow the registration checklist located in the Surgical Technology Registration Packet. Students are highly encouraged to view the Surgical Technology advising session video or attend the Surgical Technology Advising Session within a 12-month period prior to reserving placement in the next available Surgical Technology cohort.

The Surgical Technology Program Policy and Procedures Manuals outline the professional and ethical standards you will need to follow while enrolled in the program.

Registration Information

Prospective students must follow specific registration criteria before being admitted into the program and follow the registration checklist located in the Surgical Technology Registration Packet:

First Step to Register – Attend an Advising Session

Determine Your Path

Surgical technologists are employed in hospital operating rooms, delivery rooms, cast rooms, emergency departments and clinics. 

You want to attend a credible college that stands out from the rest. At COD, you'll discover:

  • Small class sizes that ensure students receive personalized attention.
  • Dedicated instructors with years of professional experience.
  • Affordable programs to help students achieve success without creating overwhelming debt or draining a savings account.
  • Instruction utilizing top-notch facilities and equipment in the Health and Science Center (HSC).

Surgical Technology, Associate in Applied Science

The Surgical Technology Associate in Applied Science degree program introduces students to entry-level surgical technologist tasks.

The primary purpose of the Surgical Technology program is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The graduate will demonstrate competency to meet national certification requirements, provide skills that meet standard in patient care, and function as an essential member of the health care and operating room team with knowledge and skilled competence.

Program Accreditation

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Outcomes Assessment Exam Results

Surgical Technology program graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) exam. 

Class Success Rate by Year


  • Retention rate: 24 initially enrolled, 2 dropped= 91%
  • CST Participation in Certification Exam: 22/22= 100%
  • CST Pass Rate in Certification Exam (first time): 19/22= 86%
  • Graduate Placement (in field, continuing education)= 19/22=86%
  • Employer Survey Return Rate: 16/22 = 72%
  • Employer Survey Satisfaction Rate: 16/16 = 100%
  • Graduate Survey Return rate: 22/22 = 100%
  • Graduate Survey Satisfaction Rate: 22/22 = 100% 


  • Retention rate: 26 enrolled, 2 dropped= 92 %
  • CST Participation in Certification Exam: 24/24= 100%
  • CST Pass Rate in Certification Exam (first time): 21/24= 87%
  • Graduate Placement (in field, continuing education)= 21/24=87%
  • Employer Survey Return Rate: 15/20 = 75%
  • Employer Survey Satisfaction Rate: 15/15 = 100%
  • Graduate Survey Return Rate: 24/24 = 100%
  • Graduate Survey Satisfaction Rate: 24/24 = 100%


  • Retention rate: 30 enrolled, 4 dropped = 86%
  • CST Participation in Certification Exam: 26/26=100%
  • CST Pass Rate in Certification Exam (first time): 25/26=96%
  • Graduate Placement (in field, continuing education) = 24/26=92%
  • Employer Survey Return rate=12/23=52%
  • Employer Survey Satisfaction rate=12/12=100%
  • Graduate Survey Return rate=14/26=53%
  • Graduate Survey Satisfaction rate= 14/14=100%


  • Retention rate: 25 enrolled, 5 dropped; 20/25= 80%
  • CST Participation in Certification Exam: 20/20=100%
  • CST Pass Rate in Certification Exam (first time): 19/20=95%
  • Graduate Placement (in field, continuing education) = 15/20=75%
  • Employer Survey Return rate=10/14=71%
  • Employer Survey Satisfaction rate=10/10=100%
  • Graduate Survey Return rate=20/20=100%
  • Graduate Survey Satisfaction rate= 20/20=100%

COD Stories

Victor Barron

"College of DuPage is an excellent college and will help you achieve your goals. Thanks to the career that I chose at COD, I have accomplished dreams that I thought I would never reach." - Victor Barron

Victor's COD Story

COD Stories

Ali Paquette

"The Surgical Technology program itself is very structured, but it was helpful being able to complete all my other pre-reqs around my schedule to get into the program." - Ali Paquette

Ali's COD Story

COD Stories

Ryan Carr

"If you want to help people in an awesome way, being a surgical technologist is a great career. You help patients in a unique way that is very rewarding, and you are a key to a successful team." - Ryan Carr

Ryan's COD Story

COD Stories

Keri Dorushka

"The Surgical Technology program at COD is very good at giving you the training, since we did class work along with lab work to prepare you for that first day in the operating room.” - Keri Dorushka

Keri's COD Story

Get Started Today

The first step to getting started in the Surgical Technology program is to read the Surgical Technology Registration Packet. The packet contains a registration checklist that you will need to follow in order to register.

Program Costs


Academic and Career Pathways give you a roadmap to achieving your career goals. Follow a pathway based on your degree that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.

Surgical Technology Program graduates will:

  • Correlate the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology to their role as a Surgical Technologist.
  • Demonstrate a safe and professional level of practice and knowledge in their role as a Surgical Technologist.
  • Acquire an understanding of the ethical, legal, moral, and medical values related to the patient and the surgical team during the perioperative experience.
  • Correlate the elements, action, and use of medications and anesthetic agents used during the perioperative experience
  • Implement safe practice techniques in regards to perioperative routines, patient transportation, positioning, and emergency procedures.
  • Integrate principles of surgical asepsis as part of the perioperative experience.
  • Accurately apply knowledge and skills of a professional Surgical Technologist to address the biopsychosocial needs of the surgical patient.
  • Perform proficiently and competently as an entry-level surgical technologist in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains
  • Value the professional attributes of the Surgical Technologist

College of DuPage has several surgical technology transfer agreements in place with four-year colleges and universities to save you time, money and make the transfer process easier.

Many of these agreements with other colleges and universities have specific course requirements and a pre-determined course plan that needs to be followed to be eligible to transfer. Contact a program faculty member or academic advisor to learn more as course requirements vary by institution.


Tour the Surgical Technology Labs

Surgical tech students working on a dummy in the lab

Watch a video to hear what you could learn inside the Surgical Technology labs and classrooms.

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The Career Ready Podcast

Careers in Surgical Technology

In today’s episode Michelle interviews Anna Campbell, Assistant Professor, at College of DuPage. They discuss the career possibilities within surgical technology along with skills needed to succeed in the profession. Tips to get started are also shared in addition to what the program has to offer its students at College of DuPage. Learn More


Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to your frequently asked questions regarding the Surgical Technology program.

The surgical technology field is for you if you have an assertive personality, are able to stand for long periods of time and have good manual dexterity. It is also beneficial if you can multitask, are organized and detail-oriented.


In order to be a surgical technologist, you will need knowledge of basic surgical instrumentation and equipment, knowledge of aseptic techniques and knowledge of surgical procedures, anatomy, physiology and medical terminology.

Surgical technologists work in a variety of locations including an operating room of acute care facilities or surgical centers, obstetrics department of acute care or sterile processing area.