Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology

About the Program

The 12-month Surgical Technology Program is designed for individuals interested in caring for the surgical patient.

AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science, Certificate Level 1, Occupational Skills Award

AREA OF STUDY: Health Sciences

Degrees and Certificates

Program Information

A Career in Surgical Technology

A Surgical Technologist, a member of the surgical team in an operating room, assists in delivering patient care before, during and following surgery. Applying the principles of sterile techniques, the Surgical Technology prepares and knows specific uses of equipment, supplies and the numerous instruments required for all types of surgical procedures.

The Surgical Technology Program is for the person who seeks a challenging, diverse and fast-paced health career that offers a vast range of employment opportunities.


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

By the end of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate clinical competencies in surgical technology
  • Apply documented skills in surgical technology
  • Exhibit safe, ethical, and legal behavior as it relates to the patient
  • Demonstrate appropriate aseptic techniques in a clinical setting


Program Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

The surgical technology program at HCC Coleman College for Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or CAAHEP.

CAAHEP is a programmatic postsecondary accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and carries out its accrediting activities in cooperation with 23 review Committees on Accreditation. CAAHEP currently accredits more than 2100 entry level education programs in 30 health science professions. The Committee on Accreditation for surgical technology is the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

CAAHEP Contact Information:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: (727) 210-2350
Fax: (727) 210-2354


Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA)

Accreditation for the surgical technology program at HCC Coleman College for Health Sciences is achieved upon the recommendations by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting or ARC/STSA.
The mission of the ARC/STSA is to provide accreditation services to our communities of interest that validate excellence of education programs in order to advance the professions and ensure quality patient care.

The ARC/STSA® is the only CAAHEP-recognized Committee on Accreditation for education programs in surgical technology and surgical assisting.

The ARC/STSA is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit accreditation services agency providing national recognition for higher education programs in surgical technology and surgical assisting, in collaboration with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), in order to promote quality surgical patient care through quality credible education.

ARC/STSA Contact Information:

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: 303-694-9262
Fax: 303-741-3655


Licensure/Certification Exam Results

2018 Third-Party Licensure/Certification Exam Results
Occupational licensure and/or certification pass rates reported by calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31). Results for the 2016 and 2017 calendar years are provided for comparison.

Program/Aligned AwardAgency StandardHCC Standard2016 Pass Rate (# Passed)2017 Pass Rate (# Passed)2018 Pass Rate (# Passed)2018 Results
Surgical Technology C1 70% 75% 90%(19) 70%(14) 75%(15) Meets Agency & HCC Standards, Improved


Essential Functions

The essential functions outline reasonable expectations of a student to participate and be potentially successful in the Surgical Technology Program and in the profession. The surgical technology student must be able to function in a variety of classroom, lab and/or clinical situations while maintaining the essential competencies of surgical technologists. These requirements apply for the purpose of admission and continuation in the program.

Surgical Technology Essential Functions

  • Gross and Fine Motor Skills: ability to use hand(s) with coordination and the ability to maneuver objects with fingertips as fine as a human hair. Ability to assemble delicate equipment. Ability to grasp and control surgical equipment and instrumentation for prolonged periods of time is necessary. Ability to work quickly and adapt to the changes in the operating room environment.
  • Use of All Extremities: Use of both hands and both legs is necessary to insure patients’ safety when lifting, moving, and transporting patients. The use of both hands is necessary to manipulate and operate surgical instruments in a time frame that does not impede the pace of the operating room environment.
  • Physical Strength and Endurance: The ability to stand for prolonged periods of time, possibly up to 6 or 8 hours. The ability to lift patients from gurney or wheelchair to the operating room table. The ability to maneuver heavy surgical instrumentation pans. Average lifting requirement is 10-50 lbs.
  • Visual Acuity: The ability to read surgeon preference cards, medication labels, computer screens, distinguish colors, and visualize surgical needs finer than a human hair (with or without corrective aids).
  • Auditory: A normal range of hearing (with or without corrective aids) is needed to communicate effectively, as operating room personnel wear surgical masks. The surgical technologist must often respond to auditory requests without visual cues
  • Communication: The ability to speak clearly in the English language to elicit information, communicate changes in patient status, and interact with health team members
  • Adaptability: The ability to accurately and safely perform assigned tasks in an orderly manner under extremely stressful situations. A professional demeanor is necessary to handle emergency situations that may arise. Certainty and emotional stability is needed to maintain a therapeutic relationship with patients, family, and health care members. A surgical technologist may not pose a significant risk to the health and safety of those in the clinical setting.
  • Temperature Requirements: The temperature in an operating room can range from 65-75 degrees. During some cases, the temperature may be increased to maintain a normal temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit for the patient. The surgical technologist must be able to work in these conditions while wearing a surgical gown, Cognitive: Ability to recall information that is taught, said, and demonstrated by the instructor, preceptor, and surgeon. Student will be able to maintain and recall information without cognitive deficit consistently. Working under intense conditions in the Operating Room requires immediate and correct recall both verbally and physically with the use of short term and long term memory.


Program Cost

Surgical Technology Certificate
Estimated Costs* per Semester 2017-2018

Pre Entrance
Criminal Background/Drug Screen/Document Manager - $ 86.00
Physical Exam - $ 100.00
Immunizations - $ 400.00
Medical Insurance - $ 150.00
            SubTotal - $ 736.00

1st Semester
Tuition** - 17 semester hours - $ 1,148.50
Books - $ 500.00
Uniforms (Scrubs, Lab Coat, Surgical Hat, ID badge) - $ 150.00
Parking (4 months) - $ 320.00
Supplies, Misc - $ 100.00
          SubTotal - $ 2,218.50

2nd Semester
Tuition - 12 semester hours - $ 816.00
Books - $ 450.00
Parking - 4 months - $ 320.00
Supplies, Misc - $ 100.00
          SubTotal - $ 1,686.00

3rd Semester
Tuition - 8 hours (national exam included in tuition) - $ 650.00
Books - $ 100.00
Parking - 3 months - $ 240.00
Supplies, misc - $ 100.00
          SubTotal - $ 1,090.00

ESTIMATED Total Program Cost - $ 5,730.50

*Costs are estimated and are subject to change.
**Tuition is based on in-district residency
Due to increases/decreases in books and supplements, please check the book store website at
For updated cost information. Only required books are included in the estimate. Out-of-District tuition is $164.50/hour; Out of State tuition is $307.00/hour. Search for “tuition calculator” at and you can calculate HCC tuition and fees based on residency.



There are 1,845 Surgical Technologists employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 17.6% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 112 jobs a year. 
  • Median Wages - $22.87 hourly, $48,000 annually


Online Program Restrictions

Language Option Restrictions
Some HCC Online programs require students to participate in foreign language courses as part of the program’s required curriculum. At this time, the only language option currently available online is Spanish. If you would like to take courses in a language other than Spanish, you would have to do so on campus.

Elective Course Restrictions
Some HCC Online programs may have a limited number of elective options available, based on which of the designated electives are currently offered online. If an elective course is not available online, it will be denoted in the program’s degree plan.

Required Course Restrictions
Some HCC Online programs may require students to participate in one or more campus-based courses as part of a given program’s required curriculum. If a program requires participation in a campus-based course, the campus-based course will be denoted in the program’s degree plan.

Potential Course Restrictions
Some courses may require students to participate in campus-based laboratory sessions or proctored examinations. Please review your course syllabus to determine if your online course has an on-campus laboratory or examination requirement.



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Surgical Technology