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Associate in Surgical Technology

Gateway Technical College
Program overview
Full time
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates


Program description

Associate in Surgical Technology

Prepare for a detail-oriented, fast-paced operating room career in Gateway’s Surgical Technology associate degree program. You’ll graduate prepared to assist surgeons before, during and after medical procedures. With rigorous training, job interviews in your fourth semester, and an 85% pass rate for National Board exams, this program will prepare you for a career as a Surgical Technologist.

Surgical Technology graduates 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 to ensure that the operating room 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.

Admission requirements

  • Students must meet one of the following: minimum high school GPA of 2.6, minimum college GPA of 2.0, or complete valid reading, writing, and math placement assessments.
  • Students must complete a Background Disclosure form and must request and pay for a background check. Applicants for all health science programs are subject to a review of their criminal backgrounds. Positive background checks may negatively impact your ability to pursue a health career at Gateway Technical College. Each case will be individually evaluated based on all available evidence provided to the college.

For more information about admission and graduation requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

  • General Anatomy and Physiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology, Advanced
  • Exploring Surgical Issues
  • Medical Terminology
  • Surgical Tech Fundamentals 1
  • Surgical Technology, Intro to
  • English Composition 1
  • Microbiology
  • Surgical Pharmacology
  • Surgical Skills Application
  • Surgical Tech Fundamentals 2
  • Oral/interpersonal Communication
  • Psychology, Introduction to
  • Surgical Interventions 1
  • Surgical Technology Clinical 1
  • Surgical Technology Clinical 2
  • Sociology, Introduction to
  • Surgical Interventions II
  • Surgical Technology Clinical 3
  • Surgical Technology Clinical 4

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the college website.

Tuition fees

The cost per semester is $2,700.


Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply healthcare and technological science principles to the perioperative environment.
  2. Maintain principles of sterile technique in the surgical environment.
  3. Provide a safe, efficient, and supportive environment for the patient.
  4. Prepare the patient, operating room, and surgical team for the perioperative phase.
  5. Perform intraoperative case management in the scrub role.
  6. Perform postoperative case management.
  7. Function as an ethical, legal, and professional member of the healthcare team as determined by governing bodies.

Career opportunities

  • Surgical Technologist
  • Operating Room Technician
  • Surgical Scrub Technician

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Gateway Technical College

Gateway Technical College began in 1911 as America’s first publicly funded technical college, preparing students to achieve their academic and professional goals. Our hands-on training in over 70 programs of study prepares 21,000 students annually to enter new careers or...

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