UC Clermont

Surgical Technology


Why study Surgical Technology?

As critical members of life-saving teams, surgical technologists are part of the sterile team in surgical operations under the supervision of a surgeon. Also called scrubs or operating-room technicians, surgical technologists work alongside surgeons, first assistants, anesthesiologists, and circulating nurses in the operating room. 

Before an operation, prior to scrubbing for surgery, a surgical technologist might help the team to assemble and adjust non-sterile equipment, ensuring it is working properly.  Surgical technologists help prepare the operating room by scrubbing and then gowning and gloving to set up a sterile back table with surgical instruments, equipment, supplies, drapes, and solutions. Once a patient is positioned and prepped, the surgical technologist will help the surgeon and surgical assistant don sterile gowns and gloves and then apply sterile surgical drapes to the patient.

During surgery, surgical technologists pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and surgical assistants. They may hold retractors and cut sutures. They are responsible for the counting of sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments. Surgical technologists help apply dressings at the end of a procedure and care for specimens prior to taking them for laboratory analysis. 

After an operation, surgical technologists may help transfer patients to the recovery room, or intensive care unit, as well as clean and restock the operating room.  Some other might work in the sterile processing department decontaminating instruments and equipment or re-assembling instrument sets and operating sterilizers.

The operating room is a fast-paced environment.  Individuals well suited for this program enjoy challenges, multi-tasking, and even a degree of stress in the work environment.

Visit the UC Clermont Surgical Technology website.

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 an English and mathematics placement test if you have not obtained the minimum ACT/SAT score required for exemption. These tests do not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete placement tests before you register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

Additional admissions requirements to be completed after admission to the program include the following:

  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Background check
  • Drug screening

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 (BIOL1051C), and Introduction to Chemistry and Biochemistry (CHEM1020C) lecture and lab and have an overall GPA of 2.75 before joining the list to start the Surgical Technology program.

Due to the popularity of the program and a limit on the number of clinical sites available to the program, there is a possibility there will be a waiting list.  The pre-Surgical Technology Advisor will have information about the list and, if applicable, a potential wait time.

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

Employment opportunities include the following:

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

Academic advising is an essential part of your educational experience.

We are committed to providing advice and assistance throughout your academic journey. You and your advisor work together to create an academic plan based on your goals.

Questions? Email us at clermont.advising@uc.edu. Call us at 513-732-5205 to schedule an appointment.

The UC Clermont campus is located on 91 wooded acres in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. Our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small class sizes 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.

Prior to graduation, you must apply for the certification exam through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). This exam will be administered prior to graduation on the Clermont campus.

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

The Academic Success Center is committed to helping students become successful, independent learners through partnerships that promote individual interests and abilities. We encourage and support opportunities for self-discovery in an informal environment that promotes academic skill development.

The best students recognize that they can sometimes use a little extra help to achieve their academic goals. Seeking tutoring is a responsible choice, demonstrating that students care about their academics enough to go the extra mile to succeed. Stop by the ASC in Jones 104 and meet our highly trained team of tutors who are ready and willing to assist you.

You must complete an application for degree the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor in the Advising Center for assistance. 

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 corresponding placement test.

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

Other UC students may transfer into UC Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program. 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.

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 international.admissions@uc.edu with questions.

Learn more about becoming an international student at UC Clermont.

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).

Contact Information

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

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