Surgical Technologist

Surgical technologists are also known as operating room technicians who are involved in providing surgical care. They are the members of the surgical team in any medical institution. Surgical technologists have knowledge of sterile and aseptic techniques. The students who enroll in this program are given basic information about surgical instruments, sterile techniques, and management during surgery.


Surgical Technologist

The Surgical Technologist Training Program is designed to prepare students to function as members of the surgical team in hospitals and clinics with registered nurses and surgeons in the operating room. The program curriculum consists of medical terminology; human anatomy and physiology; fundamentals of pharmacology; microbiology and immunology. Students are taught ethics as well as good communication skills to enhance teamwork in operating rooms. Students are familiarized with basic knowledge of surgical instruments, aseptic techniques, draping techniques and surgical site management.
Following are the tasks a surgical technologist must perform with every surgery:

Preoperative (Sterile Hands): The surgical technologist is the first person to enter the OR before surgery. During this preoperative phase the surgical technologist adheres closely to the following routine:

  • Carefully wears his/her operating room attire, including scrubs
  • Begins to prepare and sterilize the operating room and maintain OR’s sterile environment
  • Gathers all of the equipment and surgical tools that the surgery requires
  • Sterilizes, counts and carefully arranges surgical tools

Intraoperative (The Third Hand): During the intraoperative phase of the surgery, surgical technologists are still responsible for maintaining the sterility of the OR, but they also effectively become a “third hand” to the surgeon and surgeon’s assistant during the procedure and perform the following tasks:

  • Help prepare medications & administer them to the patient
  • Assist in retracting tissues from the patient
  • Passes the surgical tools to the surgeon and surgical assistant during the operation

Postoperative (Tying Things Up): As the operation concludes, surgical techs are responsible for the following:

  • Counting all of the tools and instruments used during surgery to ensure that nothing is left behind in a patient
  • Suture the incision and apply disinfected dressings to the area
  • Dispose of items such as needles and gauze. Also continue to maintain the OR’s sterile environment until the patient is sent to the recovery ward

Program Objectives

  • Grasp concepts of human anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology & infectious process
  • Understand the principles of safe patient care in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative settings
  • Recognize the interdependent role of the Surgical Technologist with the other team members and ancillary services providers
  • Develop and apply fundamental surgical assisting skills through practice and evaluation in the clinical setting
  • Accurately apply the principles of asepsis across the spectrum of common surgical experiences
  • Employ the Standard Precautions and other recognized safe practice guidelines in every surgical setting
  • Recognize the variety of patients’ needs and the impact of his or her personal, physical, emotional and cultural experiences on the rendering of patient care
  • Demonstrate professional responsibility in performance, attitude and personal conduct

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Program Completion:

A diploma will be awarded to those students who will successfully complete all required courses as per college’s Satisfactory Academic Requirements and fulfill their financial obligation towards the college.

Graduates will be eligible to challenge national certification exam to become a “Certified Tech in Surgery” through NCCT.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants may enroll on any school day. At the time of enrollment the applicant will be informed of the next start date. Applicants are accepted on the basis of personal interview, testing, and suitability for the required training program. A high school diploma, General Education Diploma, or High School Proficiency are not required for entrance into a program; however, obtaining one is strongly encouraged. Title IV recipients must have a high school diploma or GED. An applicant must be beyond the age of compulsory school attendance in California.

  • Applicants must complete an application for admission
  • Applicants should schedule an appointment for an application interview
  • Applicants must complete a nationally recognized basic skills assessment or have a High School diploma
  • Applicants must complete and sign an enrollment agreement

Additional Requirements:

Applicants who do not have at least 30 college credits will have to take and pass the Entrance Exam provided by Stellar Career College to qualify for admission into MRI, Radiology, DMS, NICVS, or Surgical programs. The Entrance Exam can be taken online.


Stellar Career College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), 2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302, Arlington, VA 22201, telephone 703-247-4212. ACCSC is a US Department of Education approved accrediting Agency.

IBHE Approval:

Stellar Career College, Chicago, Illinois location is approved by the “Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education”. For more information on IBHE approval, you may contact the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Private Business and Vocational Schools at 1 N. Old State Capital Plaza Suite 333 Springfield, IL 62701-1404 phone number (217) 782-2551 or

Program Highlights:

Course Duration
14 months
Clock Hours

Program Format:

The College will offer this program in on-ground format as well as in hybrid format in which students can take up to 45% of the courses using online delivery method.

Program Curriculum:

BIO101 Basic Medical Terminology

BIO 102 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

BIO103 Fundamentals of Pharmacology & Microbiology

BIO 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

SUR 111 Surgical Technology I

SUR 112 Surgical Instrumentation I

SUR 113 Surgical Technology II

SUR 114 Surgical Instrumentation II

SUR 115 Surgical Technology III

SUR 116 Surgical Instrumentation III

SUR 121 Externship I

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