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Surgical Technology Certificate

Surgical technologists are healthcare professionals who work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical personnel in an operating room to deliver optimal patient care. Surgical technologists are essential members of the surgical team engaging in preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative job duties that include preparing the operating room,  setting up surgical equipment,  instruments, and supplies.  During a surgical procedure, these professionals are responsible for assessing instruments, fluids and supplies, anticipating the surgeon's needs and monitoring and assessing room conditions. Surgical Technologists are responsible for maintaining the sterile field and ensuring that all members of the surgical team adhere to aseptic technique. 

The CCRI Surgical Technology program is a 43 credit, twelve month full time certificate program which combines classroom instruction, simulation lab experiences and supervised clinical practice in a hospital environment.   Students will complete a minimum of 500 practicum hours, and will scrub in on a minimum of 120 surgical procedures.

*All didactic and laboratory major requirements for this program are offered at the Flanagan Campus only. 

Admission Guidelines

For more information, please contact:

Maddie Josephs, Chair, Allied and Rehabilitative Health Department

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion from the Surgical Technology Certificate Program, graduates will:

  • Be skilled in current practice as entry-level surgical technologists
  • Apply theory and practice principles of Surgical Technology in the care of the perioperative patient
  • Function effectively as an integral member of the surgical team by performing perioperative technical skills and demonstrating patient care
  • Utilize effective communication skills and interactions with patients, members of the surgical team and other health care practitioners

According to The Bureau of Labor and Statistics, overall employment of surgical assistants and technologists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031.