Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings.
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 or environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.
A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
Is This Program for You?
Students who are successful in this field:
- Possess a strong sense of responsibility, considerable patience and concern for others
- Function well as a team member
- Possess manual dexterity and fine motor coordination
- Perform accurately and efficiently under pressure
- Psychological and physical stamina
- Face-to-Face and Online courses
- Shared courses with the Nursing Program
- Financial aid available to those that qualify
- Summer program start date
- May take some courses immediately upon program acceptance
- Students must achieve a grade of a C or better in each course of the program curriculum to be eligible to progress.
- Current Healthcare Provider CPR certification must be maintained throughout the program. (Courses must include CPR, and a hands-on exam must be taken.)
- Students who complete this program can pursue transfer to bachelor degree programs.
- Curriculum & Costs
Admission and Program Requirements
- Submit Application
- HESI Exam: schedule and pay for HESI by calling 608.822.2313 or by going to https://www.swtc.edu/community/testing-center/hesi. Passing grade for Grammar, Vocabulary, and Reading is 65%.
- HS Diploma or equivalent
- Admissions Meeting: schedule by calling Student Services at 608.822.2354
Students must achieve a grade of C or better in each course of the program curriculum to be eligible to progress.
- Prior to July 1st of your Fall semester each student will need to complete and submit the Health Requirements listed below, to be able to participate in their clinical rotation experience.
- Physical Form
- Background Information Disclosure - complete in MySWTC listed in "My Documents"
- TB skin testing
- Fact Sheet
- Current BLS for Healthcare providers CPR certification
Helpful Academic Background
- Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics
- Customer and Personal Service
- This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
- Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
- Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
- Apply healthcare and technological science principles to the perioperative environment
- Maintain principles of sterile technique in the surgical environment
- Provide a safe, efficient, and supportive environment for the patient
- Prepare the patient, operating room and surgical team for the preoperative phase
- Perform intraoperative case management in the scrub role
- Perform postoperative case management
- Function as an ethical, legal, and professional member of the healthcare team as determined by governing bodies
- Career Opportunities
Opportunities include working in:
- Surgical Technologist Scrub Role
- Central Supply Technologist
- Surgical Technologist/Private Scrub
- Second Assisting Technologist (with additional education Surgical First Assistant)
- Laser/Endoscopic Technologist
- Tissue/Organ Procurement
- GI Technologist
- OB Technologist
- Surg Tech Instructor
- Vet Technician
Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.
- Prior Learning
Credit for Prior Learning
Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!
Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information on Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.
At any time, you may Request Credit for Prior Learning.
Surgical Technology Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:
Course # Course TitleChallenge Exam
10-501-101 Medical Terminology Available online 10-801-136 English Composition 1 CLEP Test - College Composition 10-809-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 10-809-198 Intro to Psychology CLEP Test - Introduction to Psychology