Non-Traditional Studies

Surgical Technology

Associate of Applied Science • 66 Credit Hours

Surgical Technologists 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.

Become a Surgical Technologist.

The Technical Studies Degree is designed to meet three major needs:

  • To provide for cooperatively sponsored educational opportunities leading to the Associate of Applied Science degree and/or one-year certificate for students in quality education and training programs.
  • To increase the abilities of employees to use technology effectively and responsibly.
  • To assist those employed in the workforce to understand that education is a life-long process. Mountwest Community & Technical College delivers educational programs in a variety of occupational fields to businesses and industries having an immediate need for such programs.

What you’ll learn:

The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of the surgeon to ensure that the operating room or environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

Program Learning Outcomes:

● Define and relate the underlying principles of surgical technology including anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, surgical
● instrumentation, surgical equipment, surgical supplies, and operating room skills
● Demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to apply the principles of aseptic technique
● Demonstrate the practical and critical thinking skills required to work as a competent surgical technologist in the three operative phases of surgical case management
● Demonstrate the role of a surgical technologist according to the ethical principles and legal requirements of the surgical technology profession
● Demonstrate the appropriate and professional skills of interpersonal communication with all patients and members of the healthcare team


Surgical Technologists

2021 Median Pay
$48,300 per year

Number of Jobs
109,700 in 2020

Job Outlook
2018-2028 9%

Much faster than average employment.

For the most current salary information, please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Occupational Outlook Handbook” found online at

Admission Requirements

The college adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. Applicants with neither a high school diploma nor GED may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Potential Employers

  • Cabell-Huntington Hospital
  • King’s Daughters’ Medical Center
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center
Want to learn more about this program?
Interested in learning more about the MCTC program? Send us a message and talk to our program coordinator.
Janet Smith
Allied Health Chair, Professor

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