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Surgical Technology

Program Requirements: 

Become part of the lifesaving team with a Surgical Technology associate degree from Gateway Technical College. Program graduates join surgical teams in hospitals, surgical centers and clinics. Under the direction of nurses and surgeons, surgical technologists assist in surgical operations by preparing the operating room before surgery; observing the patient’s vital signs and assisting the surgical team with putting on gowns and gloves.

Gateway students benefit from theory, principles and procedures during lectures and hands-on application during their lab and clinical instruction, which prepares the student for entry-level employment upon graduation.

Program curriculum is directly tied to the Association of Surgical Technology’s core curriculum requirements based on industry standards and professional expectations. The program is accredited with Commissions on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Only students that graduate from an accredited program are allowed to take the national certification exam.

What does a surgical technologist do?

Surgical technologists are also referred to as surgery technicians, surgical techs, surg techs, and scrub techs/technologists. Surgical techs are qualified to prepare the surgical environment and function as a member of either the sterile or non-sterile team during surgical procedures. During surgery, technologists pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and surgeon assistants while simultaneously monitoring and maintaining a high level of sterility throughout the procedure.


Entry-level surgical careers include surgical technologist in a hospital operating room or outpatient facility, central supply staff, sterile supply staff, veterinarian surgical assistant and obstetric assistant.


Students interested in further surgical technologist career information can read about the role of a surgical technician and how it continues to be a growing career.

Learning by doing

At clinical sites, students work with staff and surgeons performing the role of a surgical technologist with a real patient under the direction of an instructor for three of their four clinical rotations. During the fourth rotation students have achieved a level of competency that readies them for an independent clinical study where the instructor monitors growth from the campus as the student works with a preceptor at the clinical site. During the fourth clinical rotation, students are also eligible for internships with partnered hospital facilities. Gateway also has a new state-of-the-art surgical lab including operating area, pre-op room, sterile storage room and a laparoscopic operating room. Take a virtual tour of the lab facilities. The new surgical lab provides students with the opportunity to work in an environment that accurately mirrors today’s surgical suites. The new lab provides state-of-the-art laparoscopic technology equipment that has become the predominant form of surgery performed; including instrumentation, video monitor equipment and hands-on applications with all materials. Students are also encouraged to join the Surgical Technology club that participates in various activities that give back to the community, as well as professional conferences and workshops.

Job and salary outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of surgical technologists is expected to increase 19 percent through 2020. The demand is due to the advances in medical technology, which have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries. The median annual salary of surgical technologists was $43,350 in 2014.

Certification and Licensing

The Surgical Technology program at Gateway arranges for prospective graduates to take the certification exam on campus and assists students in the application process. The national exam is run by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Only graduates of a CAAHEP accredited program may take the exam and Gateway’s program is an accredited program. Certification is not required to practice in the field but potential employers may require certification for employment.


Additional Requirements

After acceptance AND prior to petitioning

  • Order Medical Document Manager ONLY (health forms/records and CPR). Upon completing your order, the required health forms and CPR requirement will be on your To-Do List. Prior to petitioning you will only be required to upload a copy of your valid CPR card. After being awarded a seat, you will be required to complete the remainder of the items in your To-Do List as soon as possible so that you can receive clearance to participate in clinicals. Please download, print, and upload the completed forms to your CertifiedProfile.
  • Order your Drug Test. Please read the “Additional Information” section found on the review page which is the beginning part of the order process. This will provide you with the necessary information to complete your drug test.

Background and Health Information requirement questions?
Please contact the Admissions Office at



Tedd Lupella

Kristina Vines

Cory Busch

Program Administration

Mike O'Donnell, Dean