Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology

Surgical Tech

Midwestern Career College’s Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology program prepares students for entry-level positions as a surgical technologist in several different specialties, such as general, orthopedic, cardiovascular, thoracic and obstetrics, among others. Students are trained to know the various instruments commonly used in the field and learn how to maintain a sterile field during the procedure. Concepts covered in the courses include temporary and permanent homeostasis, layered wound closure, surgical procedures assistance, instrument and equipment sterilization and handling, surgical supplies management, and patient and team scrubbing.

If you’re looking to progress into a career that puts you into the action, excitement, and high responsibility of the operating room, this is the best degree for you.

Campus:Study format:Start date:
Chicago LaSalle Branch CampusHybrid8/30/2021
Program Length: 2 years (80 weeks/5 terms)

Mission Statement

Midwestern Career College’s Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology program’s mission statement is to provide premier career-focused education in surgical technology to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

What Does a Surgical Technologist Do?

Surgical technologists play a vital role in the operating room by demonstrating competence and skill in the following areas:

  • Preparation of the operating room environment with instruments, equipment, and supplies
  • Proper technique for surgical hand scrubbing, gowning, gloving and assisting team members
  • Set up and sterility of the Mayo and back tables
  • Proper handling of drapes for the surgeon
  • Proper handling of instruments, equipment, supplies and sutures before, during and after surgery
  • Application of common types of surgical and specialty dressing

What else does a surgical technologist do? Find out more about this career in the video below.

CAAHEP Accreditation

Midwestern Career College’s Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Certifications of Surgical Technology Degree

Graduates of our program will be eligible to sit for these national certifications:

Surgical Technology Program Objectives

MCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology instructs students so that they may:

  • Communicate and interact as effective members of the surgical team;
  • Demonstrate the ability to practice independent clinical judgments under the supervision of the surgeon or registered nurse;
  • Demonstrate a knowledge base in surgical technology to function as an entry-level surgical technologist;
  • Pass the certification examination;
  • Assume responsibility for lifelong learning following graduation;
  • Demonstrate professional, ethical and legal principles of surgical technology practice;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of preoperative, intraoperative, and post-operative surgical case management in the role of surgical technologist;
  • Assume a sense of responsibility, self-discipline, pride, teamwork and enthusiasm;
  • Incorporate learned competencies to assemble and operate instruments, equipment and supplies for the delivery of patient care as an entry-level practitioner during basic surgical procedures;
  • Demonstrate the application of the principles of asepsis and surgical conscience in a knowledgeable manner that provides optimal patient care in the operating room.

Surgical Technology Program Goals

The Surgical Technology Program prepares competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.


  • Prepare students to successfully complete the Surgical Technology Certifying Examination;
    Correlate the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and microbiology to the student’s role as surgical technologists;
  • Prepare students to function in the role of an entry level surgical technologists in a professional, caring and ethical manner when providing patient care.


  • Discuss, demonstrate and apply appropriate surgical technology protocols and procedures in various situations within the healthcare setting;
  • Demonstrate safe practical techniques in perioperative routine, patient transportation, positioning and emergency procedures;
  • Demonstrate, and apply principles of surgical asepsis as part of the perioperative setting;
  • Provide the community with professional, and competent employees in the role of entry-level surgical technologists.


  • Promote life-long learning fostering the development of professional and personal growth, critical thinking and leadership;
  • Practice professional, ethical principles, legal standards, value directed actions based on didactic and clinical knowledge as members of the surgical team.

Externship of Surgical Technology Program

Our program includes a 270-clock-hour externship at MCC-affiliated clinical sites, during which students must complete a minimum of 140 clinical cases as outlined in the Surgical Technology Student Handbook. Completion of the clinical hours and cases is required for program graduation.

Surgical Technologist Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 7% job growth is projected from 2019–2029.

Graduates may secure jobs in labor or delivery departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, hospital surgery departments, physicians’ offices and central supply departments. Check out job listings in the Chicagoland area for surgical technologists on IndeedCareer Builder, Monster and ZipRecruiter.

Admissions Contact Info


203 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 1400
Chicago, IL 60601

312-236-9000 ext. 1



Mon – Thu 9:00A.M. – 6:00P.M.

Fri 9:00A.M. – 4:00P.M.



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