Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology | Midwestern Career College

Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology

Study format: Face-to-face
Duration: 80 Weeks
Externship: 270 hr
Location: Chicago, Naperville

Midwestern Career College’s Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to obtain entry-level positions as surgical technologists and sterile processing technicians. The program consists of classroom and hands-on training in the school lab and clinical experience in an MCC-affiliated clinical site.

Available Funding

Federal student financial aid is available to those who qualify. Eligible students may apply for funding from the Veterans Administration (VA) or the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA).

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

Program Objectives

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

  • Demonstrate a knowledge base in surgical technology to function as an entry-level surgical technologist;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of preoperative, intraoperative, and post-operative surgical case
    management in the role of a surgical technologist;
  • Communicate and interact as effective members of the surgical team;
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically;
  • Demonstrate professional ethical and legal principles of surgical technology practice.


Our program includes a 270-clock-hour externship at an MCC-affiliated clinical site and is required for program completion.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12% job growth is projected from 2016–2026.

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 Indeed, Career Builder and


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