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Be part of a surgical team

Surgical Technology

Specialized training for a specialized surgical tech career.

The Surgical Technology program prepares students to work as valuable members of a surgical team, which most commonly includes surgeons, anesthesiologists, and circulating nurses. Surgical Technologists assist in surgical procedures under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel. They perform a variety of critical hands-on tasks, including:

  • Preparing operating rooms by setting up surgical instruments and equipment
  • Preparing patients for surgery by washing, shaving, and disinfecting incision sites
  • Passing instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons during surgical procedures
  • Maintaining a proper sterile field throughout the surgical process
  • Monitoring and assessing operating room conditions

Student Testimonial

“I remember touring the campus – looking into a classroom and seeing students in the program in scrubs with their mask on. It called to me. Right then and there, I knew that was what I wanted to do. I had no hesitation.”

-Jennifer Ruesta, Surgical Technology Alumna

For more information regarding a degree in Surgical Technology or another program of study at Berkeley College, click here.

Benefit from a surgical tech degree:

  • A strong foundation in both the theory and techniques of surgical technology
  • Hands-on learning in on-site surgical laboratories that simulate the surgical environment
  • Valuable, practical experience gained through the completion of clinical practicums at off-campus healthcare facilities, under the supervision of instructors and professional practitioners
  • Liberal arts and sciences courses that provide students with a foundation of skills and knowledge necessary to reason clearly and communicate effectively

Certification

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). Students who complete a CAAHEP-accredited Surgical Technology program are eligible to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam, a national credentialing exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Seventy-six percent of Berkeley College’s Surgical Technology students who graduated between August 1, 2017, and July 31, 2018, passed the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam on their first attempt. This pass rate is in line with the national average of 75.9 percent, according to statistics from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Program Locations:

Surgical Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) is offered in: Woodland Park and Online*

*The online option is only available to individuals who hold a current Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) credential issued by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Want to learn more about Berkeley's Surgical Technology program?

You’ll find additional information in our Catalog, including the different degrees offered, descriptions of the courses you’ll take, the department faculty, and much more. You can always live chat or contact us with questions.