Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology Degree

UC Clermont's associate degree in surgical technology will challenge you physically, intellectually and emotionally in ways you cannot yet imagine. This program is about more than classroom learning and memorization with an emphasis on the ability to excel at hands-on skills and work effectively under pressure. It is about training your body and your mind, and about learning the discipline needed to become a highly-skilled member of a professional surgical team. The program partners with hospitals all over the Cincinnati area to combine classroom and clinical experiences to best prepare a student for a life-long career in the operating room. Instructors for the program continue to work in the field to bring the most current trends to the classroom while preparing students for the clinical rotations and a future career.  

Our mission is to teach our students to function as integral members of professional surgical teams that provide the best patient care possible.

We believe...

  • surgical technologists, who provide technical care of patients during surgery, are integral members of health care teams.
  • surgical technologists must treat patients with dignity while remaining aware of patients’ individual physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
  • that, while the needs of patients always come first, surgical technologists must also learn to take care of themselves so that they always bring their best to the job.
  • the learning/teaching process is a mutually reciprocal relationship between teachers and the learners.
  • our students should participate in general college social, cultural and athletic activities to attain the attitudes, skills and understanding necessary to become more responsible citizens.
  • that education for surgical technology does not end with graduation; it is continued throughout a lifetime. We believe it is our responsibility to offer our students the tools, instill the desire and encourage the self-initiative to keep their skills at the highest level possible throughout their careers.

The goal of the Surgical Technology Program is to prepare competent, entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with the ability to function as an integral part of the surgical team providing high quality patient care.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Display the knowledge, principles and application of peri-operative concepts
  • Demonstrate competence in performing tasks as an entry level surgical technologist and employability skills
  • Demonstrate understanding of the expectations as a surgical technologist

Students must adhere to the professional behaviors of caring, accountability, responsibility, and respect for the patient’s rights of privacy, confidentiality, dignity, comfort and quality of care.

At the end of your studies in the surgical technology Program at UC Clermont, you will be qualified to seek gainful employment in the following positions:

  • Surgical technologist in an operating room at a hospital, surgery center, or other healthcare facility
  • Salesperson for a company selling surgically-related products or implants
  • Private scrub technologist for a surgeon or surgeon’s group
  • Sterile processing department in a healthcare facility
  • Educator for surgical technology

Our surgical technology and surgical assisting programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The pass rate for the Certified Surgical Technologist exam administered by the NBSTSA for 2017 was 88%.

All students sit for the certification exam through the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) and National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) or later a Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA).

For more information on certification, visit

Surgical Technology

What is Surgical Technology?

Surgical technologists, also called scrubs or operating-room technicians, assist in surgical operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses or other surgical personnel. Surgical technologists are members of operating-room teams, which most commonly include surgeons, anesthesiologists and circulating nurses.

Before an operation, surgical technologists help prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment, sterile drapes and sterile solutions. They assemble both sterile and non-sterile equipment, as well as adjust and check it to ensure it is working properly. Technologists also get patients ready for surgery by washing, shaving and disinfecting incision sites. They transport patients to the operating room, help position them on the operating table, and cover them with sterile surgical drapes. Technologists also observe patients’ vital signs, check charts and assist the surgical team with putting on sterile gowns and gloves.

During surgery, technologists pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and surgeon assistants. They may hold retractors, cut sutures and help count sponges, needles, supplies and instruments. Surgical technologists help prepare, care for and dispose of specimens taken for laboratory analysis and help apply dressings. Some operate sterilizers, lights, suction machines and other diagnostic equipment.

After an operation, surgical technologists may help transfer patients to the recovery room or intensive-care unit and clean and restock the operating room.

You should have an excellent sense of responsibility, work quickly with attention to detail, deal well with emergencies and be able to prioritize tasks. You also need good manual dexterity and a high tolerance for blood, other bodily fluids and odors. You will need to tolerate standing for long hours without food, drink or bathroom breaks. You also must be conscientious, orderly and emotionally stable to handle the demands of the operating-room environment. You must be willing to study throughout your career in order to keep up with medical advances.

Career Possibilities

Your employment opportunities include the following:

  • certified surgical assistant
  • certified surgical technologist
  • sterile processing manager
  • surgical technology instructor
  • sterile processing instructor

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

UC Clermont College campus is on 92 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. We are relatively small and our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small class size and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

As an allied health student, you will be taking your core courses at UC East. It's just a few miles away, on the east side of Batavia, and is a short drive from our main campus. It has plenty of parking, comfy study areas, and computer labs available for student use.

Upon graduation, you are eligible to apply for the certification exam through the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) and National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

For more information on certification, visit the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting webpage.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

As a first year student, you will need to take the placement test. This test does not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete the placement test before you may register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

Additional admissions requirements include the following:

  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations
  • Letters of reference
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Background check

You must also have successfully taken high school biology and chemistry, within six years with a C or better. If not, you must take Biology for Health Professionals and Technical Programs I, and Introduction to Chemistry and Biochemistry lecture and lab and have an overall GPA of 2.5 before  going on the list to start the surgical technology program.

You must also hold current certification in American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider with AED (automatic electrical defibrillator). Most fire departments offer this training at a nominal charge, or you may call the AHA to see where they offer local training. You may also obtain this certification by successful completion of our course CPR I and First Aid.

Transferring to UC Requirements

To transfer to UC Clermont, you must be in good academic standing at the college or university you last attended. We accept transfer applications all year long and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.

You must also meet all the admissions requirements of a beginning student.

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Other UC students may transfer into UC Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program form available from most UC admissions offices including ours, (513) 732-5319. You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.

You must also meet all the admissions requirements of a beginning student.

International Student Requirements

You must demonstrate English proficiency. You must also meet admissions deadlines and visa requirements, and provide documentation of sufficient funds before we can complete your admission. Please call the International Admissions Office (513) 556-2069 for details, or email with questions.

Learn more about becoming an international student at UC Clermont.

Graduation Requirements

You must complete an application for degree and receive a pre-certification from your academic advisor the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor or Student Success and Retention Services (513) 732-5319 for specific information well in advance of your final semester.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.

You should plan to start surgical technology in the fall semester, because the basic series of foundation courses required for this program starts in the fall and continues sequentially through the spring.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Our surgical technology program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Quick Facts

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years


UC Clermont & UC East


Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: (513) 732-5319
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