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Surgical Technologist - Technical Diploma

As a surgical technologist you are a valuable member of the surgical team. You will prepare and maintain a sterile field before and during surgery, pass instruments and supplies to the surgeon, provide safe patient care, and prepare instruments for operative procedures. You may work in a hospital, outpatient surgery, private practice or clinical setting. As a Surgical Technologist program graduate, you may also have a career as a central supply technician, claims approver, private scrub technician and medical sales person. Graduates of this technical diploma are required to take the Surgical Technology National Certification Exam.

Program Code: 315121
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Area of Study: Health Sciences

Program Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition: $6,459, Books: $920, Supplies: $525

Total Approximate Costs

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

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Delivery Methods

8 Week Advantage: This is an 8 Week Advantage program.

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Apply at
  • Submit the following:
  • High school transcript (or GED/HSED transcript).
  • College transcript.
  • If your cumulative GPA is below 2.6, complete or submit a placement evaluation.
  • Complete these prerequisite courses and requirements (unless already completed):
  • American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR course.
  • Caregiver background check, CPR certification, vaccine records.
  • Functional Abilities Inventory.
  • Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at or 920-498-5444.

Program Availability

A waitlist often forms for this program. Learn more by contacting one of our Admissions Advisors.

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What will I learn?


Students following the study plan below will complete the Surgical Technologist technical diploma in the number of semesters shown. First semester courses can be taken prior to being admitted into the Surgical Technologist program.

Total Credits 38
  • Curriculum Note: Students must earn a "C" or higher in Medical Terminology, Human Body in Health & Disease, and all 31-512-XXX courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a “C” in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.
  • Prior to second semester coursework, students must complete 10-501-101, Medical Terminology; 31-509-302, Human Body in Health & Disease; and 31-512-326, ST: Infection Control.
  • Prior to third semester coursework, students must complete 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communication with a 'C' or better.
  • The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a "C" or better.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply healthcare and technological science principles to the perioperative environment.
  • Maintain principles of sterile technique in the surgical environment.
  • Provide a safe, efficient, and supportive environment for the patient.
  • Prepare the patient, operating room, and surgical team for the preoperative phase.
  • Perform intraoperative case management in the scrub role.
  • Perform postoperative case management.
  • Function as an ethical, legal, and professional member of the healthcare team as determined by governing bodies.

What careers are in my future?


Graduate Employment

with 94% in field


Median Starting Salary

Source: NWTC 2019 Grad Outcome Survey

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in a hospital, out patient surgery, private practice, or clinical setting as a:

  • Surgical Technologist
  • Central Supply Technician
  • Claims Approver
  • Private Scrub Technologist

What else do I need to know about the program?


The Surgical Technologist Program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in collaboration with the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 (303) 694-9262 FAX (303) 741-3655

Industry Credentials

Graduates of the Surgical Technologist program are required to take the Surgical Technology National Certification Exam.

Clinical Experience

Students will be required to purchase scrub suits, provide their own transportation to assigned sites, and cover any other expenses related to clinical experiences. Students may be expected to travel distances and participate in early morning clinicals. Students must be able to reach, bend, and stand for long periods of time (2 to 4 hours), as well as lift, push, and pull (50 pounds). | Students will be required to submit immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program. | Students will be required to show proof of an annual flu vaccine.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through AND complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID) form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry. The information provided in the BID form must be truthful and match any findings on the criminal record check. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit

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Student Outcomes

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