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Certificate or Associate of Science in Surgical Technology

Our Program  Licensure/Certification Rates  How to Apply  Clinical Experience  Faculty  Job Outlook  Gainful Employment

Surgical Technology

Become a Surgical Technologist. A surgical technologist (ST) is educated in surgical instrumentation, procedures and practices. As an ST you will assist in surgical operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, and anesthesiologists. You will be a vital member of the operating room team.

Our Program

Our three-semester certificate program includes classroom instruction, lab instruction in operating room techniques and clinical experience in hospital and surgery centers. We enhance your clinical skills as your knowledge and confidence increase under the guidance of a clinical instructor and preceptors in a surgical setting.

Our Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs through the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Once you successfully complete the Associate degree program, you have the opportunity to advance into the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, Health Science or Liberal Arts and Sciences degree programs at Mercy College.

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Licensure and Certification First Time Pass Rates

National Percent (2012)

Mercy 3-year average

Number who passed exam or certification (last 3 years)

Number who took exam or certification (last 3 years)

64%

61%

13

22

How to Apply

College Admission First
The first step in the admissions process is to apply using the Mercy College Application.  Early application is encouraged.  For a list of College Application deadlines, click here.  Students admitted to the College may enroll in Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) courses prior to admission to any academic program.

Program Admission Second
We accept 20 students into the ST program each fall semester. Following College admission, students will receive instructions to complete an Intent to Enroll form/Acadmic Program Application in order to begin the process. Once all requirements have been satisfied, the applicant’s file is considered complete and will be given to the program chair for consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete the professional program application process.

The program chair will begin reviewing completed files by the program admission deadline. Admission to this professional program is limited.

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Clinical Experience

Clinical experiences are opportunities to gain hands-on learning in a surgical setting. During these opportunities you will work with a variety of experienced surgical technologists called preceptors. The clinical instructor and preceptor will work hand in hand to acclimate you to the operating room environment. This will allow you to gain knowledge in the field of surgery to become a successful entry-level surgical technologist.

Faculty

The surgical technology program faculty include a full-time certified surgical technologist program chair and a full-time certified surgical technology instructor. Our full-time liberal arts and sciences faculty members are Ph.D.-prepared and adept at integrating their subject matter into a comprehensive health science curriculum. As a student, you will receive an exceptional level of personalized instruction.

Job Outlook

Once you have completed your degree you are required to sit for the National Certification Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting exam.  This will allow you to practice a Certified Surgical Technologist nationally.  Employment for Surgical Technologist is projected to grow as the volume of surgeries increase. For more detail and statistics about specific roles and job opportunities go to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Gainful Employment

To view the graduation, employment, tuition, and debt information referred to as the "Gainful Employment Disclosures", please click here.

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