Surgical Technology

Upcoming Information Sessions

Are you interested in entering the growing healthcare field? Come learn about the Surgical Technology program at WSU Tech.

Two Opportunities:
March 6th 5:30pm – 7:00pm
238 N. Mead (Harvester Room)

March 8th 9:00am – 10:30am
238 N. Mead (Harvester Room)

**Please note that these sessions are being held across the street from our Old Town Campus. This building is directly across from the campus and is on the East side of Mead street.**

Current students planning on attending: Log into your MYWSUTECH and enroll in one of the two sessions. You may also see an academic advisor if you need help enrolling.

New student: Call 316.677.9400 if you plan on attending or email

Attending an information session is a REQUIREMENT for acceptance into the Surgical Technology program.

Find out more information about the surgical technology program at

Surgical Technology Program Features

The Surgical Technology program prepares students to function in the operating room environment by combining classroom and simulated laboratory instruction with actual surgical clinical experiences. Successful completion of the program allows graduates to take the national certification examination to become a certified surgical technologist (CST). Students may request consideration for advanced placement by submitting an official transcript of coursework. This program does not offer credit for experiential learning. Choose from an Associate of Applied Science, typically a 2-year program or a Technical Certificate, which is usually completed in a year or less. Click the links below for course information, costs, average earning, placement rates and additional program information. As a condition of participation in SGT119 Clinical I, SGT129 Clinical II, SGT130 Clinical III, students do not receive any compensation from WSU Tech or the clinical affiliate.  Students assist physicians during surgical procedures, but at no time are they substituted for a health care facility staff members.

The board of directors for CAAHEP and ARC/STSA moved to approve that all Surgical Technology graduates must complete the program with an Associate Degree on or after August 1, 2021. WSU Tech will implement this action with the start of the January of 2020 cohort to be in full compliance by the required deadline.

Students that became Certified Surgical Technologist through the NBSTSA (National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical  Assisting)

Certification Pass Rates:

2015-2016 – 93%

Graduate employment rate 2015-2016:

100% full time placement

2016-2017 – 92%

Graduate employment rate 2016-2017:

100% full time placement

2017-2018 – 100%

Graduate employment rate 2017-2018:

100% full time placement


WSU Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 • Chicago, IL 60604 • 800.621.7440

Students interested in this program are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting ARC/STSA6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: 303-694-9262
Fax: 303-741-3655

Program Integrity – Gainful Employment

In accordance with 34 CFR 668.6(b), that requires institutions to disclose certain information about the programs to prospective students, please see: Gainful Employment.

The goal of the WSU Tech’s Surgical Technology program is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Upon successful program completion, the Surgical Technology graduate will:

Cognitive: Students must complete course work in anatomy and physiology, and apply the knowledge obtained as the basis for understanding theoretical surgical technology concepts and medical terminology taught in subsequent courses.

Psychomotor: During Principles and Practices Lab-SGT140, Surgical Procedures I SGT115, and Surgical Procedures II SGT125, incorporate the fundamentals learned during didactic instruction as students practice the motor skills associated with operating room competencies.

Affective: Students learn to apply critical thinking skills using knowledge learned during basic biological didactic courses as the basis for decision making during the performance of operating room procedures.

Cognitive: Students are introduced to the concepts of professionalism, ethics, and values during the 1st semester in Introduction to Surgical Technology SGT101. This course introduces the role and functions of proper documentation, post and preoperative  case management, professional and self-management, professionalism, and work place management, scope of practice, patient care standards, death and dying issues, legal and ethics dilemma, risk management and safety, basic computer skills and electricity concepts.

Psychomotor: Students practice and are assessed for their application of professional attributes in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical rotations

Affective: The concepts of professionalism are taught throughout the program to guide student behavior in the profession of surgical technology. Interactive assignments where students discuss the challenge of each other facilitate students’ understanding of their own frame of reference, enabling students to understand how their cultural and ethical mindset impacts their interactions with patients and the surgical team.

Cognitive: Students will define surgical conscience and discover its relationship to the use of universal precautions, principals of asepsis and sterilization techniques in the surgical setting.

Psychomotor: Students will consistently perform clinical skills in the surgical setting utilizing universal precautions, principals of asepsis and sterilization techniques.

Affective: Students surgical conscience will guide decision making to provide a safe environment for patients and members of the surgical team4.

Cognitive: Students will classify drugs used in the surgical setting

Psychomotor: Students will safely distribute medications to the surgeon and apply dressings at the end of the surgical procedure.

Affective: Students’ awareness will prompt verification of medications and apply dressings needed at the end of the surgical procedure

Cognitive: Students will identify types of wound healing

Psychomotor: Students will apply dressings at the end of surgical procedures

Affective: Students’ awareness will prompt verification of physician’s orders and apply dressings needed at the end of the surgical procedure.

Cognitive: Students are introduced to the concepts of surgical conscience, accountability and legal implications of personal actions in SGT101 and the concepts are reinforced in every course throughout the program.

Psychomotor: Students practice and are assessed for their application of surgical conscience and accountability in the classroom, skills lab, and clinical rotations.  Legal concepts, such as charting and compliance with confidentiality, are assessed in skills laboratory simulations and during clinical rotations.

Affective: The concepts of surgical conscience, accountability, and legal implications are taught in the beginning of the program in SGT101 Introduction to Surgical Technology, to guide the student thru the program.

Cognitive: Surgical Technology courses at WSU Tech are designed to provide students with the theoretical basis to prepare for and assist with surgical interventions.  Knowledge gained is sequential, progressing from theoretical material to the application of complex skills.

Psychomotor: During Principles and Practice Lab SGT 140, Surgical Procedures I SGT107, and Surgical Procedures II SGT___, students apply the theoretical surgical technology concepts in the performance of surgical technology competencies.

Affective: Knowledge gained in Surgical Technology courses prepare students for the emotional challenges that may be encountered before, during and after surgical interventions.

Cognitive: Surgical Technology laboratory and clinical courses are designed to provide students with practical skills to prepare for and assist with surgical interventions.  Knowledge gained in sequential, progressing from the simple to the complex, enabling students to evolve from simple comprehension of theoretical material to application of complex skills.

Psychomotor: During laboratory courses and clinical rotations, retain theoretical progressively apply skills in the performance of surgical interventions.

Affective: Knowledge gained in SGT laboratory and clinical courses prepare students for entry-level practice as a surgical technician.

Cognitive: Students will review theory courses

Psychomotor: Students will practice assisting with surgical procedures

Affective: Students will value the knowledge and skills acquired to obtain a position as a Surgical Technologist.