Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology

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Program of Study

Are you interested in becoming a valued, integral member of a 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 the surgical team will utilize. During the procedure, technologists pass instruments to the surgeon and generally assist where needed.

This 12-month associate degree program delivers the knowledge and skills necessary for graduates to enter the field of surgical technology and take the national certification examination for surgical technology.


Program Highlights

  • Earn an Associate of Applied Science degree
  • Complete in as little as three 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 with the knowledge and skills needed to join a surgical team

Surgical Technology Program Success 2023

Overall program completion: 73%
Job Placement: 100%
1st Time CST Exam Pass Rate: 63%

Learn How to Apply to the Surgical Tech Program


Surgical Technology Accreditation

The surgical tech program is accredited by CAAHEP - Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education.
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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 1000 Fundamentals of Surgical Technology 45.00       Per Term   FLAT    AST membership fee
STE 1001 Surgical Technology Skills Lab  150.00     Per Term   FLAT    Lab supplies and materials
STE 1003 Intro to Surgical Technology Lab 150.00     Per Term   FLAT    Lab supplies and materials 
STE 2069 Surgical Technology Seminar  247.00     Per Term   FLAT    AST Gold Bundle Membership
STE 2069 Surgical Technology Seminary  80.00      Per Term    FLAT    Practice Test Fee
STE 2081 Surgical Internship I 9.48        Per Term     FLAT   Malpractice Insurance 

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?

The surgical technologist can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, surgery departments and ambulatory surgery centers. The field of Surgical Technology is expected to grow by 6 percent over the next 10 years. 

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The national median hourly wage is $27.09 an hour, and may be higher in Colorado.

The median annual wage for surgical technologists is $56,350.

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

Program Outcomes

  • 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 12 months. Students accepted into the program in the Fall semester but withdraw before census date are not included in this data.

Total of 2023 Graduates
Total Students Employed in their Field of Study
Class Of
Program Completion
CST First-time Exam Pass Rate
Job Placement
2017 - 2018
2018 - 2019
2019 - 2020
60% ***
2020 - 2021
2021 - 2022
2022 - 2023

*** COVID impacted student clinical placement and program completion.

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