Frequently Asked Questions

The field is for you if you:

  • Have an assertive personality.
  • Are able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Have good manual dexterity.
  • Can multi-task.
  • Are organized and detail oriented.

You will need to have:

  • Knowledge of basic surgical instrumentation/equipment.
  • Knowledge of aseptic techniques.
  • Knowledge of surgical procedures, anatomy, physiology and medical terminology.

Locations may include: operating room of acute care facilities or surgical centers, OB department of acute care, or sterile processing area.

Certificate: Surgical Technology

Associate's Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Surgical Technology

Professional Certification: Must receive certificate from an accredited program in order to sit for the certification exam. Becoming certified makes you a Surgical Technologist.

  1. Obtain a certificate from COD
  2. Eligible to sit for either the IAHCSMM National Certification Exam and/or CBSPD National Certification Exam 

Surgical Technologist advanced training is typically done on the job. Some formal training programs are available to become First Assistant and Sterile Processing Manager.

If you have completed:
  • Certificate
    Certified Surgical Technologist
  • Associate in Applied Science Degree
    Helps continue his/her education

 Recommended courses:
  • Science
    As many sciences as possible with a focus on Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Medical Terminology.

Check with your high school coordinator to see if you are eligible for articulated credit at College of DuPage.

 Please attend an Advising Session.

Program Contact Information

Please visit the Program Contacts page for detailed information.