Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology | Midwestern Career College

Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology

Study format: Face-to-face
Start date: September 4, 2018
Duration: 80 Weeks
Externship: 250 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 sterile processing technicians and surgical technologists. The program consists of classroom and hands-on training in the school lab.

Program Objectives

  • Prepare the operating room environment accordingly: instruments, equipment, and supplies
  • Demonstrate proper technique for surgical hand scrubbing, gowning, gloving and assisting team member
  • Set up Mayo table and back table accordingly
  • Know the purpose and legal responsibility of counts and identify items needed to be counted
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of basic surgical instrumentation for a specific surgical procedure
  • Know the three principles of aseptic technique:
    • A sterile field is created for each surgical procedure;
    • Sterile team members must be appropriately attired prior to entering the sterile field;
    • Movement in and around the sterile field must not compromise the sterile field
  • Demonstrate proper handling of drapes to the surgeon
  • Demonstrate the proper handling of instruments, supplies, and sutures to the surgeon in a timely manner
  • Demonstrate the importance of handling of specific types of specimens
  • Identify precautions to prevent patient burns resulting from electrical equipment
  • Demonstrate drawing up of medication both on and off the sterile field
  • Demonstrate the application of common types of surgical and specialty dressing
  • Maintain the sterility of the back table and Mayo table until the patient leaves the room
  • Dispose of all sharps after surgery in compliance with standard precautions and procedures
  • Demonstrate care and handling of used instruments, equipment, and supplies after surgery


Our program includes a 250-clock-hour externship at one of our affiliated surgery centers.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 15% job growth is projected over the next decade. You can complete this program in as few as 80 weeks.

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: