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Important Qualities To Have

Detail oriented. Surgical technologists must pay close attention to their work at all times. For example, they need to provide the correct sterile equipment for surgeons during an operation.


Dexterity. Surgical technologists should be comfortable working with their hands. They must be able to provide needed equipment quickly.


Integrity. Because they are trusted to provide sterile supplies and quality patient care during surgical procedures, surgical technologists must have integrity.


Physical stamina. Surgical technologists should be comfortable standing for extended periods.


Stress-management skills. Working in an operating room can be stressful. Surgical technologists should be able to work well under pressure while providing a high level of care.

Surgical Technologist

Applications for 2018-2019 Surg Tech cohort now being accepted - click HERE for information packet and application.

Surgical technologists assist in surgical operations.  They prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors during surgeries.

Our twelve-month nationally accredited program prepares students to function within the sterile environment of the operating room assisting surgeons during surgical procedures.  The surgical technology field requires physical stamina, manual dexterity, the ability to maintain good working relationships with patience and tact, and the ability to work well in high-stress situations.


This intensive study program includes the study of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, microbiology, pharmacology, principles of asepsis I and II, surgical procedures I and II, and clinical experience in area hospitals.  Employment opportunities include acute care hospitals and outpatient surgery centers.  Further opportunities will become available following extensive experience.


Application information below is for 2018/2019 cohort.

Applications are available starting Monday, May 7, 2018

Application deadline: July 20, 2018

For more information please call the Counseling Office at 805.579.6200, ext. 1615.


A non-refundable application fee of $100 is required (no checks accepted) and must be paid at time of application submission.  Selection into the program is based upon a point system, with points earned in the following areas:


1.  entrance exam (reading comprehension, math and language skills

2.  three short essay questions

3.  interview with various faculty and staff


Per programmatic accreditation, the maximum enrollment capacity for each academic year is limited to 18 students.


Prerequisites: 18 years or older, high school diploma, GED (English version), or college degree.  Foreign transcripts must be translated by a third party.  (Note:  completion of prerequisites is not necessary to begin application process)


2018/2019 Schedule

Course Fee:  $9,800 (includes uniforms, textbooks, required course materials, BLS-CPR training and certification, clinicals, externship, and all classroom supplies)




M, T, W, Th, F 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Room 501  Staff





M, T, W, T, F 6:30 am - 3:00 pm Clinical Sites Staff


A background check may be required for externships, clinicals and licensing, certification or registration with the appropriate governing board.    

Salary Information

Surgical Technologists

California 2016

    Low Median High
    25th percentile 50th percentile 75th percentile
  Annual Wages $49,517 $59,114 $71,735
  Hourly Wages $23.81 $28.42 $34.49

Job Duties

Surgical technologists typically do the following:

  • Prepare operating rooms for surgery
  • Sterilize equipment and make sure that there are adequate supplies for surgery
  • Ready patients for surgery, such as by washing and disinfecting incision sites
  • Help surgeons during surgery by passing them instruments and other sterile supplies
  • Count supplies, such as sponges and instruments
  • Maintain a sterile environment

Surgical technologists work as members of a healthcare team alongside physicians, surgeons, registered nurses, and other healthcare workers.

Before an operation, surgical technologists prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment.  They also prepare patients for surgery by washing and disinfecting incision sites, positioning the patients on the operating table, covering them with sterile drapes, and taking them to and from the operating room.  Surgical technologists prepare sterile solutions and medications used in surgery and check that all surgical equipment is working properly.  They help the surgical team put on sterile gowns and gloves.

During an operation, surgical technologists pass instruments and supplies to surgeons and first assistants.  They also hold retractors, hold internal organs in place during the procedure, or set up robotic surgical equipment.  Technologists also may handle specimens taken for laboratory analysis.

Once the operation is complete, surgical technologists may apply bandages and other dressings to the incision site.  They may also help transfer patients to recovery rooms and restock operating rooms after a procedure.

Work Environment

About 70 percent of surgical technologists work in hospitals.  Some work in outpatient care centers or in offices of physicians who perform outpatient surgery.  Surgical technologists wear scrubs (special sterile clothing) while they are in the operating room. Their work may be physically demanding, requiring them to be on their feet for long periods.  Surgical technologists also may need to help move patients or lift heavy trays of medical supplies.  At times, they may be exposed to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights, odors, and materials.

Work Schedule

Most surgical technologists work full time. Surgical technologists employed in hospitals may work or be on call during nights, weekends, and holidays.  They may also be required to work shifts lasting longer than 8 hours.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

Employment Development Department/Labor Market Information Division, State of California, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2016