Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology

Degree Type

65-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code


Time to Degree

2 years

Start Date


How You'll Learn



The surgical technologist's primary task is to assist the surgeon in the operating room. In this program, 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.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2021 Start

  • Submit application by March 22, 2021
  • Complete checklist items by June 1, 2021

Spring 2022 Start

  • This program cannot be started in spring.

Summer 2021 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer.

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Tuition Costs

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Estimated Costs

  • iPad (128GB): $399
  • Surgical Technology voucher: $300
  • Uniform: $100
  • Viewpoint Screening: $110
  • Immunizations: up to $850

Take advantage of a Direct Digital Access Program for discounted textbooks.

How To Apply

Ready to get started? Complete the steps listed below:


Complete Admissions Steps

Questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact an Admissions Advisor.


Attend New Student Orientation

Complete WCTC's virtual New Student Orientation.


Complete General Studies Courses


Petition to the Program

In order to begin core courses, you will need to successfully:

  • Petition to the Surgical Technology program. The petition window for Surgical Technology is March 15-30, 2021.
  • Complete a background check.

After successfully completing these steps and being awarded a seat through the petitioning process, you can begin your core courses.


After the Program

Upon graduating, become eligible to take the national certification exam through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Program Details

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If you are interested in the medical field, enjoy working on a team and have a steady hand, surgical technology might be for you. Those in this field must have a calm nature, and a strong stomach, as they will see operations in progress. Surgical techs must also be adaptable since situations in the operating room can rapidly change.

  • Surgical Technologist
  • Surgical First Assistant
  • Surgical Equipment Sales Representative

The students enrolled in the Surgical Technology program should be able to meet the established technical standards identified below with or without reasonable accommodation. The technical standards for the Surgical Technology program are representative of those found in the Surgical Technology profession.

Review the Surgical Technology Technical Standards.

$49,500 – $67,000 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

Please note that some clinical sites require compliance with various COVID-19 safety protocols and measures as a condition to placement. Required protocols and measures may include, but are not limited to, receipt of COVID-19 vaccination and proof of same and testing or serial testing for COVID-19. Students may individually address clinical placement requirements with Jenny Clausen, Clinical Placement Specialist.

Reasonable accommodations may be available for students with documented disabilities and/or sincerely held religious beliefs. Students seeking accommodation due to documented disability should contact the Student Accessibility Office. Students seeking accommodation due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact Jonathan Pedraza in the Student Development Office.

What Makes This Program Unique?


Upon program completion, graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).


In 2019 and 2020, WCTC's Surgical Technology program earned a merit award from the NBSTSA for graduates achieving a 100 percent pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination.


Students must complete a minimum of 120 surgical rotation cases prior to graduation, gaining valuable real-world experience.


This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee for Surgical Technology.

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