Surgical Technology

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the surgical team. Their primary role is to work with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical technologists in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during and after surgery. 

Specifically, surgical technologists apply and maintain the principles of sterile technique and safety in the operating room; prepare, handle, sterilize and care for surgical instruments, supplies, equipment and medications; set up instrumentation, equipment and supplies for various surgical cases; apply critical thinking skills to anticipate procedural steps and corresponding instrumentation; and pass surgical instrumentation and supplies to the surgeon.

About the Program

The goal of the Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program is to prepare competent, entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains. Graduates of the program will be able to apply fundamental theoretical knowledge in the practice of surgical technology; acquire and evaluate emerging surgical knowledge; effectively and safely manipulate surgical equipment, instruments and supplies; consistently maintain sterile techniques; demonstrate the ability to maintain a stable emotional state, even under stressful conditions, which enables the effective use of reason and good judgment in patient care situations; and demonstrate the formation of a strong sterile conscience. 

Learn About the Program

All Pass or Satisfactory grades earned in Spring 2020 (using a Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade scale) will still be considered for admission to the program. Each course affected will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and will still be subject to Laramie County Community College's Transfer Grade policies. If you have questions, please contact the Program Director or Advisor for the program.

The program has limited enrollment and admits one class each fall. The prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress prior to application for program admission. Prospective students should contact the Surgical Technology Program director for admission deadlines. Applicants must be in excellent physical health and be able to perform the rigorous physical tasks required of the profession. In addition, candidates must have a stable emotional temperament to be able to function safely and use good judgment under stressful conditions. Drug screening and criminal background checks may be required by clinical affiliates for those accepted into the program. 

Once the student has been accepted, the intensive 11-month surgery core program combines classroom lectures and discussions, laboratory demonstrations with hands-on practice, and supervised clinical experiences in actual patient care settings to provide students with a variety of learning opportunities. Clinical rotations will include experiences outside of Laramie County, and students must be willing and able to travel to attend scheduled clinical assignments. Due to the distance, overnight stays may be necessary.  


This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, which allows graduates to take the national certifying examination sponsored by the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

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Drug Screening and Criminal Background Checks

Clinical sites require a drug screening and/or a criminal background check prior to allowing students into the clinical setting. (Any associated fees will be the responsibility of the student.) Clinical sites may also require random drug testing and/or drug testing for reasonable cause. Testing positive on the drug screening or evidence of tampering with a specimen will disqualify a student from participation in clinical assignment.

In addition to drug screening, for the safety of patients and healthcare workers, child abuse clearance and criminal background checks are required by some agencies prior to a clinical assignment. Certain criminal activity, as evidenced by a criminal background check, may also disqualify a student from clinical participation.

Students are advised that the inability to gain clinical education experiences can result in the inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. These circumstances may prevent acceptance into and/or continuance in the program. For more information, please see the complete Health Sciences and Wellness Division Policy (pdf) for allied health students.

Program Graduation Competencies

Cognitive Learning Domain

  1. Graduates will apply fundamental theoretical knowledge in the practice of surgical technology.
  2. Graduates will acquire and evaluate emerging surgical knowledge.

Psychomotor Learning Domain

  1. Graduates will effectively and safely manipulate surgical equipment, instruments, and supplies.
  2. Graduates will consistently maintain sterile technique.

Affective Learning Domain

  1. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to maintain a stable emotional state, even under stressful conditions, which enables the effective use of reason and good judgment in patient care situations.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate the formation of a strong sterile conscience.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate professional behaviors expected of surgical technologists.

Program Effectiveness Data

Effectiveness Measure Annual Rate 
(Class of 2019)
Five Year Rate 
Credentialing Examination Pass Rate (First attempt) 8/10 = 80 percent 18/23 = 78 percent
Job Placement Rate
(Graduates actively seeking employment within 12 months)


10/10 = 100 percent

22/24 = 92 percent
Program Completion Rate 10/10 = 100 percent 24/25 = 96 percent

Cost of Attendance

For general college expense, view LCCC’s tuition and fees. Students in the Surgical Technology Program have additional course fees of $1,000. This is an estimate and may change at any time. Other miscellaneous costs, unique to the program, are approximately $500.

Examples of how those fees are used include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Certification study guide and testing
  2. Equipment and supplies for Skills Laboratory
  3. Immunizations
  4. Background check and drug screen
  5. Other costs unique to the surgical technology program