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Surgical Technology

PINWhat is a surgical technologist?

Surgical technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures ensuring that the operating room environment is safe; surgical equipment functions properly; and the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical technologists also possess expertise in theory and application of sterile and aseptic techniques and combine knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

CalculatorWhere could I work? What will it pay?

A few examples of workplaces in your local area:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient surgery centers

The range of wages for Surgical Technologists is as follows:

  • Annual National Wage Range is $27,510 - $54,300
  • Hourly Regional Wage Range is $13.23 - $22.56

ClockHow long will this program take?

It will take a minimum of 4 semesters to get an associate degree in Surgical Technology.

For length of time to get a diploma or certificate AND for a complete list of required courses:
click on "What credentials are available?" to access specific academic plans.

BookWhat credentials are available? (Associate Degree, Diploma, or Certificate)

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Associate Degree — Surgical Technology | Download the academic plan

An associate degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years.


There are no diplomas available for this program.

Diploma programs are usually short-term and less comprehensive than associate's degree programs. WKCTC offers diploma programs as educational opportunities for students who aren't pursuing full-time degrees. Diploma programs usually consist of several courses in a specific subject area or skill and can lead you toward entry-level employment in a professional field.

G.E.D.I. (Gainful Employment Disclosure Information) refers to an employment situation where the employee receives consistent work and payment from the employer.


There are no certificates available for this program.

A certificate is earned by a student after taking a series of courses in a particular subject. Students often earn certificates to get a step ahead in the professional field of their interest, and certificates may be offered in similar programs leading to degrees.

ChartHow do I apply for this program?

1. Attend a pre-admission conference.

All Surgical Technology pre-admission conferences will be held in the WKCTC Allied Health Building in Room E108 at 3:00 p.m.

For Fall 2017 Admission:

    • Tuesday, January 24, 2017
    • Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    • Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2. Apply for admission to West Kentucky Community & Technical College if not currently enrolled.

3. Submit an official transcript of all previous college work.

4. Submit ACT or COMPASS scores.

Admission is based upon a point system. The admissions point scale is designed to objectively evaluate applicants. Applicants with the highest total points will be admitted to the program.

Download the Selective Admission Points 

TelephoneWho can help me? What else do I need to know?

Program Coordinator
Debbie Swain

CPR certification at healthcare provider level, proof of immunizations, background checks, and drug screens are required.

AcceptAccreditation / Program Success

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs  (CAAHEP) - 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL  33763, (727) 210-2350

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting  (ARC/STSA) - 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110, Littleton, CO  80120, (303) 594-9262

National Board of Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) - 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 100, Littleton, CO  80120, (800) 707-0057

Licensure Pass Rate

  • Outcome Assessment Exam pass rate for the class of 2013-2014 was 75%.
  • Outcome Assessment Exam pass rate for the class of 2014-2015 was 100%.
  • Outcome Assessment Exam pass rate for the class of 2015-2016 was 100%.