Associate of Applied Science Degree
The surgical technologist's primary job function is to assist the surgeon in the operating room. To prepare for a career as a surgical technologist, develop knowledge in human anatomy, microbiology and medical terminology, and learn to identify and handle surgical instruments and equipment. Spend time in a hospital operating room to apply knowledge and skills in actual surgical conditions. Surgical Technology graduates will be able to prepare an operating room for surgery, help with patient care, secure supplies, set up equipment and instruments for the surgical team and handle instruments during procedures.
- Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school health or medical courses.
- Prepare for jobs such as surgical technologist or surgical tech 1.
- Upon program completion, graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). WCTC students recently earned a merit award from the NBSTSA for achieving a 100 percent pass rate on the certified surgical technologist examination (CST).
- Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee for Surgical Technology.
- Select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
- Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
- Salary Range: $33,000-$41,000
- Average Salary: $37,413
- Median Salary: $37,016
- Average Entry-Level Salary: $39,389>
- Average Hourly Wage: $17.58
- Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $38,905
Surgical Rotation Case Requirements
A minimum clinical case requirement of 120 cases must be completed prior to graduation. Students are required to complete thirty General Surgery procedures, of which twenty must be in the First Scrub role. In addition, students are required to complete ninety procedures in various surgical specialties. Sixty of the ninety cases must be in the First Scrub role and evenly distributed between a minimum of five surgical specialties. However, the maximum number of cases that can be counted in any one surgical specialty is fifteen.
The ST student shall perform the following duties during any given surgical procedure with proficiency. The student must meet the five criteria below to count the case in the first scrub role. A student not meeting the five criteria cannot count the case in the first scrub role and the case must be documented in the second scrub role or observation role.
- Verify supplies and equipment needed for the surgical procedure.
- Set up the sterile field with instrument, supplies, equipment, medications and solutions needed for the procedure.
- Perform counts with the circulator prior to the procedure and before the incision is closed.
- Pass instruments and supplies to the sterile team members during the procedure.
- Maintain sterile technique as measured by recognized breaks in technique and demonstrate knowledge of how to correct with appropriate technique.
Required General Education Coursework
Technical Core/Clinical Courses
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class. Click on course title for specific information.)
View course descriptions of all required courses
View course descriptions of all required courses
Credit Transfer Opportunities
WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.
High School Transfer Opportunities
WCTC Credits Awarded
Four Year College Transfer Opportunities
|Bellevue University||Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science||up to 67|
|Carroll University||Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership||Junior Standing|
|Carroll University||Bachelor of Science in Public Health||Junior Standing|
|Carroll University||Bachelor of Science in Psychology||Junior Standing|
|Carroll University||Bachelor of Science in Health Science||Junior Standing|
|Colorado State University-Global Campus||Bachelor Degree||up to 64|
|Concordia University||Baccalaureate Degree||up to 80|
|Franklin University||Bachelor of Science: Allied Healthcare Management||Junior Standing|
|Herzing University||Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management||up to 58|
|Mount Mary University||Bachelor Degree||Junior Standing|
|Ottawa University||Bachelor of Arts or Sciences||up to 80|
|Silver Lake College||Bachelor of Sciences (various)||minimum of 60|
|U of Phoenix||Bachelor of Science (various)||varies|
|Upper Iowa University||Bachelor of Science||up to 78|
|UW-Green Bay||Bachelor of Applied Studies Online||Junior Status|
|UW-Oshkosh||Bachelor of Applied Studies in Leadership & Organizational Studies||63|
|UW-Stout||Bachelor of Science in Management||up to 69|
|UW-Stout||B. S. Career, Technology Education & Training||up to 60|
|UW-Waukesha||Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences||60-Junior Standing|
|Wisconsin Lutheran College||Bachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership||42|
UW-System Credit Transfer
If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.
Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.
Meet your Instructors
- AAS – Surgical Technology, Nassau Community College
- BSN, Adelphi University
- M.Ed., Carroll University
- Registered Nurse
- Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)
- CPR for Healthcare Provider
"I love teaching students what I love to do! I am committed to helping each student achieve his or her goals."
- AAS -- Surgical Technology, WCTC
- Bachelor’s – Health Administration, University of Phoenix
- Certified Surgical Technologist
"Students enjoy learning when you, as the instructor, show them how awesome the program is in your eyes."