surgical tech

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals, who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients.

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, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. 

Surgical technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation of instrumentation and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

Program Effectiveness

Retention data: 95%

Certification Exam Results: 81%

Employer Satisfaction: 100%

Graduation Satisfaction: 95%





  • Proof of High School Diploma or GED
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology and Medical Terminology for Health Care Workers*
  • Advisement Appointment with Surgical Technology Director
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • Immunization Records
  • Signed Statement of Understanding
  • Felony Admission Report, Arizona Driver's License and Social Security card
  • Current AHA BLS CPR Certification card**
  • Surgical Case Requirements 

* A&P and Medical Terminology Class must have been completed within the last 3 years. Students can refer to the Maricopa Community College website to find current class schedule for BIO160 and HCC145.

** Students will have an opportunity to obtain a current AHA BLS CPR card during the first semester of the class for an additional out of pocket fee. 

Length of Program

12 months - 1118 clock hours for graduation and 120 surgical case requirements.


First semester
Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Second semester - Externship
Monday through Thursday
6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Second semester - Classroom
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
*Schedule listed a typical first and second semester and subject to change.

Entry-Level Starting Salary Range*

$20.00 to $25.00 per hour
*Pay may vary due to the shift worked, previous work experience and employer salary pay range

Funding Opportunities

Federal student aid for those who qualify, G.I. Bill, and tribal funding for eligible students, scholarships, and interest-free payment plans available

Next Class Starts:
Contact an Advisor for Dates


The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  For more information on CAAHEP, call 727-210-2350 or e-mail  

Career Pathways
Certified Surgical Technologist

Occupational Profile

Consumer Information

Licensure Information


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