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Non-Traditional Studies

Surgical Technology

Certificate 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.

QUICK FACTS

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 bls.gov/ooh/.

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

Career Outlook: projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028

Hospitals are the primary employer of surgical technologists, although much faster employment growth is expected in offices of physicians and in outpatient care centers, including ambulatory surgical centers.

Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.

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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