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Surgical Technology - CERT C

This program consists of technical courses and supporting general education courses. Introduction to Surgical Technology, Surgical Procedures I, and Surgical Procedures II, are only offered online. Students are provided theory in the classroom environment, practice in the skills lab and clinical operating-room experiences in hospitals. The Surgical Technology Program requires students scrub 120 cases with 30 cases in General Surgery and the remaining 90 cases evenly distributed between a minimum 5 other surgical specialties. A total of 80 of the 120 cases will be in the first scrub role. The Surgical Technology Program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. After successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national certification examination.


Surgical Technologists are integral members of the surgical team. They work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and others to deliver patient care before, during and after surgery. Surgical technologists function primarily in the sterile capacity, passing instruments and equipment to the surgeon during the surgical procedure. They are employed in operating rooms, delivery rooms, emergency departments, and ambulatory care areas.


Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Accreditation Review Committee on Education for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting< br />6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110
Littleton, CO 80120

Hutchinson Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional institutional accreditors recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Contact Details

Allied Health
1-888-GO-HUTCH ext. 8100

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  • Application Process
    1. Submission of an application for Hutchinson Community College, 1300 N. Plum, Hutchinson, KS 67501.
    2. Submission of application and questionnaire to the Surgical Technologist Program,  Peel Allied Health Center, 1 E. 9th, Hutchinson, KS 67501.
    3. Submission of official high school transcript (or GED scores) and official transcripts for college level coursework must be submitted to the Records Office.
    4. Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
    5. Pre-Requisites for the Surgical Technologist program include: Any Biology or Basic Concepts, Human Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology.  Students transferring in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, Pharmacology and Microbiology must have taken these courses within the past five years.
    6. CPR can be taken within the program but please note it will be taken on a Saturday near the beginning of the Fall semester.
    7. Schedule visit with surgical technology faculty member.
    8. Submit names, addresses and phone numbers of three individuals who are familiar with work habits or school work.

    ACT scores in English, Reading, and Math, or ASSET/Compass scores in Writing and Reading, and Accuplacer scores given by the college must be on file.
    Minimum score requirements:
    Math:  Accuplacer 25/ 12 ACT
    Reading: 39 ASSET/ 75 Compass/17 ACT
    Writing: 41 ASSET/ 53 Compass/ 17 ACT

    • If the applicant has completed college-level English composition and math courses  with grades of “C” or higher, the ASSET/Compass/Accuplacer requirement will be waived.
    • Any applicant needing accommodation to take the ASSET/Compass/Accuplacer must contact: ADA Accommodations Coordinator, Hutchinson Community College, 1300 N. Plum, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

    Meet Allied Health Department and Surgical Technology Program technical standards.

    Applicants will be rank ordered based upon the total points received. Applicants are notified by mail of acceptance into the program.

    Applications, questionnaire, and reference form are available at:

    Hutchinson Community College
    Surgical Technology Program
    1 E. 9th
    Hutchinson, KS 67501
    Contact: Brent Marker, 620-665-4950
    Annette Kershaw 620-694-2456

  • CST Exam Pass Rate

    CST Examination Pass Rate 2019-2020 77.7%

    CST Examination Pass Rate 2018/2019 53.8%

    CST Examination Pass Rate 2017/2018 86.6%

    CST Examination Pass Rate 2016/2017 54.5%

    CST Examination Pass Rate 2015/2016 50%

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