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Academic Year: 2021-2022

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.

Average Starting Salary

$45,724.80FT Median Annual Wage

Graduate Employment

With 94% Employed in Field

Explore Locations

This program is offered at:

Green Bay

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Apply at www.nwtc.edu/apply.
  • 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 start@nwtc.edu or 920-498-5444.

Program Availability

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

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.
Curriculum: 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.
First Semester
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Second Semester
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Third Semester
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Total Credits

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.

Course Descriptions