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Surgical Technology

Dreaming of working in an operating room? If so, join one of the fastest-growing professions in the country with a degree in Surgical Technology, where you’ll acquire the skills to become an integral member of a surgical team.

Update for Fall 2023

The CFCC health science/nursing faculty and Student Services units rolled out new testing guidelines for health science and nursing applicants. Starting for fall 2023, the TEAS test (by ATI; versions 6 and 7 only) will be used in place of the PSB and must be completed successfully before filing an Intent to Apply.

For more details, please visit the Health Science Enrollment Center , FAQ page , or CFCC Testing Services .

The Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team. Students will apply theoretical knowledge to the care of patients undergoing surgery and develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery, and assist the surgeon during operations. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Certification Exam administered by the National Board of Certification in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), which is required by CAAHEP accredited programs.

Selective Admission Process


The program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting . The ARC/STSA® is the only CAAHEP-recognized Committee on Accreditation for education programs in surgical technology and surgical assisting.

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120

Quick information

Application Period
January 27, 2023 – May 22, 2023
Information Sessions
Information sessions are being held in Union Station, room 404.

Wed Jan. 11, 2023 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thu Feb. 9, 2023 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wed March 15, 2023 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mon April 3, 2023 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Surgical Technology program students have maintained a 100% pass rate on the National Certification Exam since the inception of the program in 2007.

Surgical Technology, A.A.S. Course Information

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Mission Statement

The mission of the surgical technologist program is to prepare individuals to function in the operating room setting. This Degree program will set high standards for students to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to become an integral member of a surgical team.


Surgical Technology has been consistently in the top ten of the 20 fastest-growing occupations in health-care related professions for most of the last two decades. Employment for a surgical technologist is expected to grow 25 percent between 2008 and 2018. The employment rate for CFCC graduates who actively sought employment is 100%.

Job Outlook

Surgical Technology is a continuing growing profession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects by the year 2018, there will be 114,700 surgical technologists, a 25 percent increase, or 23,200 (over the 10-year period, which represents an increase of approximately 2.5 percent per year or 2,300 additional new jobs annually).


The median national average for salaries for a surgical technologist is $41,790 per year or $20.09 per hour. Advancement and experience will provide the opportunity for higher salary levels.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook handbook