Surgical Technology

Program of Study

Surgical Technology

Direct to Work

About the Program

Are you interested in becoming a valued, integral member of the surgical team?

If your answer is "yes," pursuing a degree as a surgical technologist is the career field for you! As a surgical technologist, you work with the operating room team before, during and after surgery to deliver quality patient care. Surgical technologists prepare the instruments and set up the trays that will be utilized by the surgical team. During the procedure, technologists pass instruments to the surgeon and generally assist where needed.

This is an 18-month associate degree program that delivers the knowledge and skills necessary for graduates to enter the field of surgical technology and to take the national certification examination for surgical technology.

Program Highlights

  • Earn an Associate of Applied Science
  • Complete in as little as five semesters
  • Progress through the classes and internship with other students, together as a group
  • Take the certification exam during the last semester of coursework
  • Become a competent, entry-level surgical technologist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and effective (behavior) learning domains


Surgical Technology Accreditation

The surgical tech program is accredited by CAAHEP - Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education.
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Course & Program Fees

Some programs and/or courses may require additional fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. High-cost course fees are used to support the maintenance and development of the course labs and are embedded within your general tuition.

Course Fees

The fees listed here are estimated and may change at any time. Please contact your advisor with any questions. The following courses have additional fees:

Course Description Fee
STE 100, STE 101, STE 105,
STE 110, STE 115, STE 181
High-cost course fee $7.35 (per credit hour)
STE 100 OSHA Training Fee $10.00 (flat)
STE 100 AST Membership Fee $45.00 (flat)
STE 101 Lab supplied & materials $150.00 (flat)
STE 179 Practice Test Fee $40.00 (flat)
STE 179 AST Certification Exam Fee $190.00 (flat)
STE 181 Clinical Site Rotation Tracking $36.50 (flat)
STE 181, STE 182, STE 183 Malpractice Insurance Non-EMT $8.50 (flat)
STE 181, STE 182, STE 183 Dosimetry Badge $19.00 (flat)

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

There is an expected 15 percent growth in the field of surgical technology over the next 10 years. The surgical technologist can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, surgery departments and ambulatory surgery centers.

Learn more about this career path by visiting CCD's Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The median annual wage for surgical technologists was $46,310 in May 2017.

The information provided here is by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Program Outcomes

Program Goals

  • Surgical Technology students graduate with the knowledge to be successful on the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) and the skills to enter the workforce as an entry-level technologist competent in the preoperative, intra-operative and post-operative duties.
  • The program will prepare "competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains."

The Program completion data below is defined as the number of students who complete the Surgical Technology Program within the stated program length of 18 months. Students accepted into the program in the Fall semester but withdraw before census date are not included in this data.

Class of Program Completion Number of Initial Students / Graduates
2017-2018 79% 13 initial, 9 graduates
2018-2019 79% 13 initial, 9 graduates
2019-2020   15 initial
Meets Benchmark of 75%
Class of CST Pass Rates on First Attempt within 6 months of Graduation 1st Attempt Pass/ Number of Graduates
2017-2018 90 % 9/8
2018-2019   9/
Meets Benchmark 85%
Class of Job Placement Number of Initial Students placed/# Seeking Employment
2017-2018 90% 8 out of the 9 are employed full-time
Meets benchmark of 75%