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Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology

Overview

Surgical technologists are important members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical personnel. Before, during and after surgery, they deliver critical patient care and help ensure a safe surgical environment. 

Surgical technology graduates can find careers in hospital operating rooms, delivery rooms, cast rooms, emergency departments, ambulatory care areas and central supply departments. They also work in clinics and surgical centers or as equipment vendors. Medical equipment, surgical equipment and instrument manufacturers recruit experienced surgical technologists as sales representatives.

Why choose COTC?

Flexibility

Students have options in the surgical technology program at COTC:

  • Associate of Applied Science
  • One-Year Certificate

In the program, students will:

  • Gain hands-on experience in a state-of-the-art, on-site laboratory
  • Have diverse, clinical experience
  • Learn from knowledgeable, caring faculty
CST Pass Rates

CST Pass Rates

Surgical Technology Checklist

2022 Surgical Technology Checklist

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Frequently Asked Questions

I applied to COTC. Is that the same as applying to the surgical technology program?

No. The surgical technology program is a competitive, selective healthcare program. Students first apply to COTC (the college) and indicate interest in a health technologies program (or apply to a pre-health track). Then students complete a separate application to apply to the surgical technology program.

How do I learn about the application process for the surgical technology program?

Students interested in the surgical technology program must register and attend an information meeting

Students can also review a surgical technology application checklist

What are the requirements to apply to the surgical technology program?

Prerequisite classes must be taken 

There are classes students must take, have taken or have been awarded transfer credit for before they can apply to the surgical technology program:

  • A full unit of high school Biology or Intro to Biology (BIO-010)
  • High school Chemistry or Intro to Chemistry Principles (CHEM-020)
  • or higher college equivalents
  • or approved COTC transfer credit for Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO-130)

Students who have taken the courses or receive transfer credit for the courses must have gotten a grade C or higher. 

ATI TEAS

Students must complete an ATI TEAS exam before applying to the surgical technology program. Students must create an account to register. 

There is also a fee students must pay to take the ATI TEAS test, so we highly recommend students prepare for the exam and take advantage of test prep materials. Students can re-test if they choose. 

ATI TEAS exam scores are good for 12 months, and the most recent score will be the one considered as part of a student’s surgical technology application.

When are applications for the surgical technology program available/due?

Applications are typically available in late March each year. The deadline to apply to the Surgical Technology program is May 15 each year. May 15, 2021 is a Saturday. Please make arrangements to meet with an Advisor for the application before close of business, 5 p.m., Friday, May 14, 2021.

Are there additional requirements if I’m accepted into the surgical technology program?

Yes. Students must have a CPR—American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Certificate for clinical sites upon being selected into the program.

How quickly can I complete the surgical technology program?

Students, who have an existing degree, can complete the surgical technology certificate in three semesters (one calendar year). Students who do not have an existing degree must complete the Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology degree (and will earn the Surgical Technology Certificate as part of their degree).

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

Each program at COTC has a plan of study that lists the courses students take to complete a certificate or degree. 

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

Students will be required to take classes on campus for the surgical technology program. Some core courses are available online, but students should plan to be on campus to use equipment and engage in hands-on learning. 

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college? 

COTC awards more than $1 million in scholarships to students each year.

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email NWK-studentfinancialservices@mail.cotc.edu.

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started. 

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Accreditation

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The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits certificate and associate degree programs.

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The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting provides recognition for the quality of the education programs in its system to the public.