What is Surgical Technology?
The surgical technologist is trained to perform specific functions in the operating room and is a vital member of the surgical team. Surgical technologists prepare supplies, equipment, and assist in preparing patients for surgery. Their duties include preparing the operating room with instruments, equipment, and all sterile supplies required for an operation. The surgical technologist is responsible for passing instruments during surgery, holding retractors, cutting sutures, and counting all instruments, needles and sponges used during an operation. They may also apply post-operative dressings or assist with the application of casts. Surgical technologists also learn how to sterilize instruments. They handle special drugs, solutions, supplies, and equipment used for specific procedures. In addition, they are responsible for helping clean and maintain a safe operating room environment.
Classroom instruction in theory and basic surgical skills is provided on campus. Under the guidance of program faculty, you can gain valuable experience in the care of clients of all ages in a number of different hospitals.
What are my career choices?
Employment is available in hospital operating rooms, delivery rooms, physician's offices as a surgeon's assistant, or in free standing centers (outpatient or ambulatory surgery). The average wage throughout the United States ranges from $26,000 to $32,200.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
- Surgical Technologist AAS
The joint program, Hopkinsville Community College and Madisonville Community College Surgical Technology Program, is a selective admission program. In addition to HCC's general admission requirements, candidates to the program must complete the following:
- Schedule an appointment with the program coordinator
- Schedule classes and pay tuition during registration
- Any and all deficiencies identified from placement testing must be remediated prior to admission
- Submit a written request (or e-mail) for admission to the program coordinator email@example.com by May 1st . In May, each Candidate will receive a letter with the date, time and location for an interview. The program selection committee will meet in May to select candidates for the August class based on: GPA, Interview, KY residency and previous experience in the health care field. Students interested in entering the August class must have Intro to computers, medical terminology, SUR 109 Intro to Surgical Technology and BIO 135 ( for diploma option) OR BIO 137 and BIO 139 (for AAS option) completed prior to entering the August class. NOTE: Potential candidates may apply in April without having SUR 109 and BIO 135 OR Bio 137 and Bio 139 to the program and be accepted based on completing SUR 109 and BIO 135 OR Bio 137 and Bio 139 prior to the start of the Surgical Technology program in August.
- Professional CPR Training (must be maintained for the duration of the program)
Surgical Technology involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of surgical technology technical functions. Therefore, all applicants should possess sufficient:
- visual acuity, such as is needed in the surgical environment and for the observation necessary for patient assessment and care;
- auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices (e.g., cardiac monitors, biomedical equipment, fire alarms, etc.);
- gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills, including the manipulation of equipment, positioning and lifting patients required in meeting health needs related to surgical technology;
- verbal and non-verbal communication skills (speech, reading, and writing), such as are needed in classroom and clinical settings to interact with patients and professional personnel; and
- intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for individuals.
Length of Program
You can complete the Hopkinsville Community College and Madisonville Community College Surgical Technology Program in two semesters following completion of prerequisites.
You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.
Graduates from the Hopkinsville Community College and Madisonville Community College Surgical Technology Program must take the national certifying exam for Surgical Technologists offered through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (CST)
The joint Surgical Technology program is accredited through The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopkinsville Community College and Madisonville Community College are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Hopkinsville Community College.