Surgical Technologist Technical Diploma

Program Code: 315121

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.


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

Industry Credentials

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


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• Attend mandatory program orientation and welcome week.
• Complete an American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR course prior to program entry. Students are required to maintain a current CPR card to comply with affiliating agency requirements.
• Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
• Complete a Functional Abilities Inventory.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
Green Bay
Sturgeon Bay
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.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-501-101 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY ...focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.
31-509-302 HUMAN BODY IN HEALTH & DISEASE ...students learn to recognize human body structure and function in health and disease states. Students explore the causes, signs, and symptoms of diseases of the major body systems as well as the diagnostic procedures, usual treatment, prognosis, and prevention of diseases commonly diagnosed and treated in the medical office setting.(Prerequisite/Corequisite: 10-501-101, Medical Terminology).
31-512-326 ST: INFECTION CONTROL ...covers the structure, general classification, reproduction and transmission of microorganisms. Emphasis will be placed on the practice of sterile technique and its impact on infection control in the health care setting.
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 237; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
31-512-327 ST: INTRODUCTION ...provides the foundational knowledge of disinfection, sterilization, infection control, and asepsis. Legal and ethical issues encountered in the healthcare environment are explored. Simulated laboratory practice enables the learner to develop beginning technical skills. (Prerequisites: 31-509-302, Human Body in Health & Disease; 10-501-101, Medical Terminology; Accepted into the Surgical Technologist Program; Corequisite: 31-512-326, ST: Infection Control)
31-512-328 ST: FUNDAMENTALS 1 ...includes the basic clinical skills needed by the Surgical Technologist in the scrub role. Learners develop skills in identifying basic instrumentation, supplies, drains, catheters, dressings and sponges. Includes practice experience in creating a sterile field, draping, passing instruments and supplies, performing counts and preparing supplies. (Prerequisites: 31-509-302, Human Body in Health & Disease; 10-501-101, Medical Terminology; 31-512-326, ST: Infection Control)
31-512-329 ST: FUNDAMENTALS 2 ...builds upon and reinforces the role of the Surgical Technologist as a member of the operating room team. Discusses care of the patient before, during and after surgery with emphasis on surgical wounds, wound closure material, and vital signs. Includes lecture and lab experiences. (Corequisites: 31-512-327, ST: Introduction; 31-512-328, ST: Fundamentals 1)
31-512-330 ST: CLINICAL 1...apply basic surgical theories, principles, and procedural techniques in the operating room. Students begin to function as team members under the guidance of the instructor and authorized clinical personnel. (Corequisites: 31-512-327, ST: Intro to Surg Tech; 31-512-328, ST: Fundamentals 1)
31-512-340 ST: BRIDGE TO CLINICAL 2 ...further experience in a clinical setting allows the student to continue to improve technical skills while accepting more responsibilities during surgical procedures. (Prerequisite: 31-512-330, ST: Clinical 1)
31-512-331 ST: SURGICAL PROCEDURES ...provides the foundational knowledge of surgical core and specialty procedures. Examines pathophysiology, diagnostic interventions, and surgical interventions for a variety of surgical procedures. Incorporates integration of basic health sciences and technical knowledge to complete a plan of action for a surgical procedure. (Prerequisites: 31-512-329, ST: Fundamentals 2; 31-512-330, ST: Clinical 1)
31-512-332 ST: CLINICAL 2...further experience in a clinical setting allows the student to continue to improve technical skills while accepting more responsibilities during surgical procedures. (Prerequisites: 31-512-329, ST: Fundamentals 2; 31-512-330, ST: Clinical 1; Corequisites: 31-512-331, ST: Surgical Procedures; 31-512-339, ST: Bridge to Clinical 2)
31-512-334 ST: CLINICAL 3...enhances the student's technical experience and employee skills. Serves as a transition between student and employee. Application of advanced skills for the entry-level surgical technologist in the clinical setting. (Corequisites: 31-512-332, ST: Clinical 2; 31-512-331, ST: Surgical Procedures)
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.



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

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.

Industry Credentials

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

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

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.