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Certificate or Associate of Science
in Surgical Technology

Our Program  Licensure/Certification Rates  How to Apply   Background Preparation    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.

Educational Opportunities: Certificate Degree, Associate Degree, BSHS, BHCA

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.

You have the opportunity to advance into the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration or Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree programs at Mercy College and may be able to begin taking courses while completing your associate of science degree.

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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)





How to Apply

We accept 20 students into the ST program each fall semester. Once you have completed that curriculum, you may be admitted into the Associate of Science Completion degree program and take one or more courses per semester--choose the pace that's right for you.

Applications to the ST certificate program must be received by the Office of Admissions by June 15. Your admission into this program is on a competitive basis, so early application is encouraged. Following general College admission, students may enroll in Liberal Arts and Science (LAS) courses in the Division of Liberal Arts and Sciences prior to admission into the ST program.

Background Preparation

You need to successfully complete one year high school (or college equivalent) algebra I, biology,and English coursework before admission. Students are encouraged to take LAS courses at Mercy College to meet any unmet program requirements above.

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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.


The surgical technology program faculty include a full-time certified surgical technologist program chair and a full-time certified surgical technology instructor.

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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