Surgical Technology

Certificate of Proficiency (CP)

Leader in the field: Established in 1978, the first and longest-running Surgical Tech program in the region.

Fully accredited one-year program prepares you for an entry-level position.

Hands-on clinical practice: Within 12 weeks you’ll be scrubbing-in on surgical procedures.


Upon graduation students receive a Certificate of Proficiency (diploma) in Surgical Technology and will have completed the national board examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Accreditation: Fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( since 1978.

Lecture, Lab and Practice: As a student you’ll start the program in August, and by October you’ll be scrubbing-in on surgical procedures, passing instruments and assisting the surgeon.

Classroom instruction includes:

  • anatomy
  • physiology
  • medical terminology
  • microbiology
  • pharmacology
  • patient care in surgery
  • sterile technique
  • surgical technique
  • instrumentation
  • surgical procedures

Clinical experience:

  • Takes place at multiple hospitals in the area (See “Additional Information” for a list of hospitals with which we’ve partnered in recent years)
  • Students rotate through at least two hospitals in order to broaden their experience
  • Under the supervision of the instructor and staff preceptors students perform as members of the operating room team

Small class size: each year 25 students who meet the application requirements are accepted on a first come/first serve basis.

More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region and the second largest in Missouri.

To find out if STLCC is right for you, we invite you to visit. You can meet with one of our faculty members, tour the campus, and get answers to any questions you might have. Click Here


  • Hospital and Surgery Center Surgical Technologist
  • Ophthalmic Tech
  • Surgical Material Manager
  • Surgical Equipment Representative
  • Hospitals
  • Surgery Centers
  • Physician Offices
  • Dialysis Units
  • Tissue Procurement Centers
Organizations that have hired STLCC grads:
  • Mid America Transplant Services
  • Alton Memorial Hospital
  • Barnes Hospital
  • Barnes West Hospital
  • Belleville Memorial Hospital
  • SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center
  • Children’s Hospital
  • SSM DePaul Health Center
  • Des Peres Hospital
  • Missouri Baptist Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital – Crystal City
  • St. Anthony Hospital
  • SSM St. Clare Health Center
  • St. Louis University Hospital (SLUH)
  • St. Luke Hospital
  • SSM St. Joseph Health Center – St. Charles
  • SSM St. Joseph Hospital West
  • SSM St. Mary’s Hospital


Job Resources:

  • For information on the job outlook visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more.
  • To learn about the top openings in specific cities across Missouri visit the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
  • STLCC Career and Employment Services (CES): On each campus CES offices provide services and resources to assist students and alumni in finding full-time, on-campus or off campus, internship or co-op, permanent, seasonal or temporary employment. CES also assists employers who are looking for qualified applicants. Click Here
Gainful Employment Data

  • St. Louis Community College provides a comprehensive financial aid program funded by federal, state and private agencies. READ MORE
  • STLCC provides a Net Price Calculator to help students estimate costs. READ MORE
  • For information on STLCC Scholarships READ MORE.
  • FAFSA Apply online

For this program you’ll need to purchase health insurance and incur other necessary expenses, such as:

  • Proof of current CPR – Certification for Health Professionals
  • A completed heath history and proof of a physical examination
  • A negative TB skin test
  • A background check, and drug screen
  • Meet technical standards related to observation, communication, motor skills, behavioral and social attributes

The cost to fulfill these requirements is the student’s responsibility. Please meet with a member of the Surgical Technology faculty for an updated list of estimated costs.

Diane Gerardot, Professor
Phone: 314-644-9340
Stacey Boedeker, Assistant Professor
Phone: 314-644-9629


Surgical Technology (CP) 42 Credits

The following courses must be completed prior to
applying for the program.
MTH:030 Elementary Algebra
BIO:203 General Microbiology
BIO:207 Anatomy and Physiology I
Program Total: 42 credits
BIO:208 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG:101 College Composition I 3
PSY:200 General Psychology (or)
SOC:101 Introduction to Sociology 3
ST:104 Pharmacology for Surgical Technologists 2
ST:105 Fundamentals of Surgical Technology 4
ST:108 Introduction to Surgical Technology 6
ST:109 Principles of Operating Room Communication 2
ST:110 Surgical Procedures I 4
ST:111 Surgical Technology Clinical I 8
ST:210 Surgical Procedures II 2
ST:211 Surgical Technology Clinical II 4

Admission Process

  • All applicants for the Surgical Technology program must first be admitted to St. Louis Community College.
  • Applications for this program are accepted on a continuing basis throughout the year.
  • Because of the quality of this program, the number of qualified applicants often exceeds the number of openings. Students are then put on a wait list on a first come/first serve basis.
  • Applicants enter the program in the fall semester and must first attend a mandatory orientation session held in June.  The specific date, time and location of the orientation are included in the admissions letter.
  • Following the orientation, students immediately begin the background check, drug screen, physical and immunization process.

Prior to application we recommend that you meet with an STLCC academic advisor. The advisor can help you plan your courses, clarify program requirements, and review your academic history as it relates to this program.  Click Here LINK:

STLCC’s Surgical Technology program is a selective admissions program with academic prerequisites as well as requirements regarding clinical eligibility. Meet with an STLCC advisor or faculty member for more detail:

  • Applicants must complete the following academic requirements before applying for the Surgical Technology program:
    • Introduction to Biology I or two semesters of high school biology with labs
    • Elementary Algebra, or Elementary Algebra & Basic Math, or score above MTH:030 (Elementary Algebra) on the assessment test, or one year of high school algebra
    • Microbiology
    • Anatomy and Physiology I
    • Math and science prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better
    • Math and science prerequisites must be completed within five calendar years of admission to the program, although the five year limit for the science requirement may be waived in some situations. Contact program director.
    • Reading proficiency
    • GPA of 2.25 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Clinical Eligibility: Prior to working with patients on a clinical unit, you must:
  • Submit proof of current CPR – Certification for Health Professionals
  • Submit a completed heath history and physical examination
  • Submit a negative TB skin test
  • Undergo a background check, and drug screen through a college-approved background screening company prior to the beginning of the fall semester of admission.  Students not passing the criminal background check and/or drug screen may be prohibited from participating in clinical education.  This will prevent the student from being able to complete all program requirements
  • Meet technical standards related to observation, communication, motor skills, behavioral and social attributes

The cost to fulfill these requirements is the student’s responsibility.

Related Programs
Paramedic Technology AAS
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Below are the pass rates for St. Louis Community College graduates on the National Examination for the Certified Surgical Technologist offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Class of 2016 – 90% pass rate
Class of 2015 – 94% pass rate
Class of 2014 – 84% pass rate


Surgical Technologists are in demand in St. Louis and St. Louis Community College graduates are actively recruited by local employers.  The statistics below indicate the percentage of graduates who accepted positions as Certified Surgical Technologists or in a related field within one year of graduation.

Class of 2015 – 100% employed
Class of 2014 – 84% employed
Class of 2013 – 94% employed

STLCC’s Surgical Technology Advisory Board brings together top industry professionals. Members serve for two-year renewable terms, and STLCC’s faculty works hand-in-hand with this elite group to evaluate and update our curriculum, stay up-to-date on the latest innovations, and promote networking.

Surgical Technology Clinical Sites:

  • Alton Memorial Hospital
  • Barnes Hospital
  • Barnes West Hospital
  • Belleville Memorial Hospital
  • SSM Cardinal Glennon Hospital
  • Children’s  Hospital
  • DePaul Hospital
  • Des Peres Hospital
  • Missouri Baptist Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital – Crystal City
  • Anthony Hospital
  • Clare Hospital
  • Louis University Hospital (SLUH)
  • Luke Hospital
  • Joseph Health Center – St. Charles
  • Joseph West Hospital
  • Mary Hospital

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a wait list for the program?

Qualified students are accepted on a first come/first serve basis. Contact program faculty for up-to-date information regarding the current wait list.

When does the program begin?

STLCC starts a new class every August.

Length of program?

One year (upon admission to program), including the summer.

How many students are accepted each year?

Twenty five students.

What should I do while waiting to start the program?

Take any general education classes that are required as part of the Surgical Technology program. See the Recommended Academic Plan (RAP sheet) under “Program Curriculum” for more information.

What do Surgical Technologist do?

Surgical Technologists have the primary responsibility for maintaining the sterile field, understanding the procedure being performed, anticipating the needs of the surgeon, maintaining quality patient care during the operative procedure, and being constantly vigilant that all members of the team adhere to aseptic technique. They handle the instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure.



Association of Surgical Technologists 

National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs


Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology


The Surgical Technology program is offered at our Forest Park campus. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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