Surgical Technology

Program Mission Statement

It is our mission to serve our community's needs by educating and preparing our students to function within the scope of practice of a Surgical Technologist and to produce competent, entry-level Surgical Technologists that are prepared to sit for the NBSTSA (National Board of Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting) examination.

Vision Statement

We inspire to produce utmost quality Surgical Technologists with long-lasting educational skills that can help them excel and exceed all expectations in their career field. We strive to have the highest balance of academic education and hands-on approach that an entry level Surgical Technician can possess, while also implementing future graduates with the ability to compete and advance in this career field with hard work ethics and proper patient care etiquette.

Articulation Agreement

The Surgical Technology program is articulated with Mountwest Community and Technical College in order for students to obtain their Associate of Applied Science as the terminal award upon completion of the program.

Program Objectives

A Surgical Technologist is a professional who works under the direction of a licensed surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. The primary focus of all surgical team members is to provide a seamless, safe and efficient surgical experience with a positive patient outcome. A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic techniques and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physicians performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Surgical technologists prepare the operating room by selecting and opening sterile supplies. Preoperative duties also include assembling, adjusting, and checking non-sterile equipment to ensure that it is in proper working order. Common duties include operating sterilizers, lights, suction machines, electrosurgical units, and diagnostic equipment. In order that surgery may proceed smoothly, surgical technologists anticipate the needs of surgeons, passing instruments and providing sterile items in an efficient manner. They share with the circulator the responsibility of accounting for sponges, needles, and instruments before, during, and after surgery. They are responsible for preparing and applying sterile dressings following the procedure and may assist in the application of non-sterile dressings, including plaster or synthetic casting materials. After surgery, they prepare the operating room for the next patient. Our program is designed to meet the standards required to take the Certified Surgical Technologist exam (CST), written and administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). As a student in the Surgical Technology program, you will:

  • *Become knowledgeable on current operating room procedures.
  • *Learn how to work under high-pressure situations.
  • *Gain first-hand experience in a healthcare setting.
  • *Complete a surgical rotation case requirements.

A Certificate is granted from Collins Career Center upon satisfactory completion of the program. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 100, Littleton CO, 80120 Phone #800-707-0057 web site:

Collins Career Technical Center Surgical Technology applicants are accepted on a first come first serve basis. You must comply with all health screening guidelines and application process. Applications must be hand delivered with proof of identification to one of our locations. The Program accepts 24 students only. An alternate list is generated for prospective students over the allotted enrollment. Applicants of the Surgical Technology Program should be aware of the following desired characteristics as identified by the Association of Surgical Technologists,

  1. The ability to perform under pressure in stressful and emergency situations is a quality essential to surgical technologists.
  2. A stable temperament, a strong sense of responsibility, considerable patience, and concern for order are required.
  3. Manual dexterity and physical stamina are vital.
  4. Must be able to work quickly, but accurately, and be able to integrate a number of activities according to priority.
  5. Must be keenly sensitive to the needs of patients as well as the needs of other members of the surgical team.
  6. Individuals who practice this profession have a strong desire to help others and make a valuable contribution to society.

Student Work Policy:

All student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not receive any monetary remuneration during his/her clinical educational experience nor will the student be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution in the capacity of a Surgical Technologist.

Surgical Rotation Case Requirements:

  • *The student must complete 120 surgical cases
  • *Students are required to complete 30 cases in general surgery, 20 of the cases must be in the First Scrub Role.
  • *Students are required to complete 90 cases in various surgical specialties; 60 of the cases must be in the First Scrub Role and evenly distributed between a minimum of 5 surgical specialties. The maximum number of cases per specialty is 15.
  • *The student is required to verify surgical rotation documentation the progression in First and Second Scrub Roles.
  • *Diagnostic endoscopy cases and vaginal delivery cases are not mandatory, but up to 10 diagnostic endoscopic and 5 vaginal delivery cases can be recorded towards the maximum number of Second Scrub Role cases.
  • *Observation cases must be documented, but do not count towards the 120 required cases.
  • *Roles are defined in Programmatic handbook.

    Length of Course:

    The Surgical Technology program at Collins Career Technical Center(CCTC) is a two (2) semester, one (1) year program. Prospective students will need to complete prerequisite courses at Mountwest Community and Technical College before applying to the Surgical Technology program. Students will attend 11 consecutive months at CCTC beginning in August of each year with completion of the program the following June. Students will receive a Certificate in Surgical Technology from CCTC and an Associates in Applied Science from Mountwest Community and Technical College upon successful completion of the program. Students will sit for the NBSTSA National Board exam to become Certified Surgical Technologists.

    The Program begins in August and completes the following June. Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Job Opportunities:

    Graduates are employed in area hospitals, clinics and physician offices. Advancement depends on individual personal goals.


    The program is nationally accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Their address is: CAAHEP, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 210-2350

Clinical Sites

  • Cabell Huntington Hospital - Huntington, WV
  • Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital - Charleston, WV
  • Charleston Area Medical Center Memorial Hospital - Charleston, WV
  • Charleston Area Medical Center Teays Valley Hospital - Charleston, WV
  • Charleston Area Medical Center Women & Children’s Hospital - Charleston, WV
  • King’s Daughters Medical Center - Ashland, KY
  • St. Claire Medical Center - Morehead, KY
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center - Huntington, WV
  • Three Rivers Medical Center - Louisa, KY
  • Tri-State Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - Ashland, KY

Clinical Obligations

The Surgical Technology Program at Collins Career Technical Center encompasses two (2) full semesters and one (1) Summer Intersession at the sponsoring institution’s Chesapeake campus. The clinical education component of the program is completed over two (2) semesters (Fall [Aug - Dec] & Spring [Jan - May] semester for one year). Students are expected to attend all clinical assignments and should arrive on time to the clinical site and be prepared to start their clinical training on time. Students are expected to attend during regularly scheduled classes or clinical time. Students will follow the sponsoring institution’s academic calendar regarding vacations. The sponsoring institution normally schedules breaks for the following: a spring break the week of Easter, a fall break for the Thanksgiving Holiday, and a two week winter break for the Christmas/New Year Holidays. However, the breaks are subject to change. The student is not required to attend clinicals during scheduled breaks. The sponsoring institution observes the following holidays during the semesters: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Election Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years (subject to change). Students will be expected to follow the guidelines of the clinical rotation policy. Students will not be asked to travel more than a 3 hour radius from the sponsoring institution. Each student will rotate to multiple clinical sites each semester, but may return to the same facility in a later semester. Rotation plans are based on experiences provided by the clinical affiliate and the examination needs of the student. Rotation assignments/clinical schedules are completed for the upcoming semester of clinical experience 1-2 weeks before clinical rotations begin. Changes to the rotation plan are up to the discretion of the clinical coordinator. Students are required to have an annual background check, drug screening, and demonstrate documentation of current vaccinations required for clinical rotations as stated in the sponsoring institution’s admission policy.

Program Cost Breakdown

* ​Note: a $100 non­refundable tuition deposit must be paid to reserve a seat in the program upon acceptance
** Costs are subject to change

Please read Admission Procedures
The pre-entrance Exam is required for the program - see Work Keys link for more information

If you are concerned about being able to make required scores and you would like to "brush up" on some of your skills prior to the pre-entrance exam, the Collins Career Technical Center's ABLE program is available for tutoring services Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-4:30pm.

Individuals with a passing score on all parts of the pre-entrance examination will be mailed an application packet for admission.

The following list of classes are required for completion of the Surgical Technology program at Collins Career Technical Center.

Description Course ID Hours
General Education **prerequisites
  • Medical Terminology
AH 151 3 Credit Hours
  • Infection Control For Health Professionals
AH 207 3 Credit Hours
  • Introduction to Clinical Microbiology
BIOL 210 3 Credit Hours
  • Microbiology Lab
BIOL 210L 1 Credit Hours
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 257 3 Credit Hours
  • Applied Human Anatomy
BIOL 260 4 Credit Hours
  • Oral Communications
COM 112 3 Credit Hours
  • Written Communications
ENG 111 3 Credit Hours
  • Applied Math
MAT 120E 4 Credit Hours
  • General Pschology
PSYC 200 3 Credit Hours
  • CPR/First Aid
EME 101 1 Credit Hours
  • Prerequisite Total Hours
31 Hours
Semester One
  • Introduction to Surgical Technology
ST 100 154 Hours
  • Introduction to Surgical Technology Lab
ST 100L 82 Hours
  • Pharmacology for Surgical Technology
ST 102 80 Hours
  • Surgical Procedures I
ST 103 72 Hours
  • Semester One Total Hours
388 Hours
Semester Two
  • Surgical Procedures II
ST 200 120 Hours
  • Surgical Technology Clinical Practicum
ST 201 456 Hours
  • Advanced Theory Review
ST 202 136 Hours
  • Semester Two Total Hours
712 Hours
Surgical Technology Program Total Hours   1100 hours
*** New program director hired during 2019 year.
Credentialing Examination Pass Rate


Program Outcome Thresholds

Students Testing

Students Pass

Students Fail

Pass Rate
  • 2017
70% 16 10 6 62.5%
  • 2018
70% 19 1 18 5%
  • 2019
70% 15 10 5 66.70%
  • 2020
70% 15 12 3 80%
  • 2021
70% 19 15 4 79%
Program Completion Rate


Program Outcome Threshholds

Starting Students

Graduating Students

Non Graduating Students

Completion Rate
  • 2017
60% 27 23 4 85%
  • 2018
60% 21 19 2 90%
  • 2019
60% 20 15 5 75%
  • 2020
60% 18 15 3 83%
  • 2021
60% 22 19 3 86%
Job Placement Rate


Program Outcome Thresholds

Students Employed

Status Unknown

Students Unrelated Employment

Job Placement Rate
  • 2017
80% 11 6 6 48%
  • 2018
80% 13 2 4 68%
  • 2019
80% 13 0 2 87%
  • 2020
80% 12 0 3 80%
  • 2021
80% 17 0 2 89%

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