Surgical Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Student Handbook

Curriculum Guide

Admission Requirements


Surgical Technologists, sometimes called operating room technicians, are allied health professionals who work with nurses and surgeons in direct care of patients in the operating room.

Most surgical technologists perform as the sterile scrub team member, whose three phase duties include:

  • Setting up an operating room with furniture, equipment and sterile supplies (preoperative phase)
  • Scrubbing the intraoperative phase which includes maintaining sterility and passing the surgeon all sterile instruments, suture, supplies, solutions and medications (intraoperative phase)
  • Assisting with suturing and providing dressings (postoperative phase)

Surgical technologists learn all of the surgical specialties: general, gynecology, urology, ear, nose, throat, orthopedic, cardiac, vascular, thoracic, plastic and reconstructive, obstetrics, ophthalmic, oral, maxillofacial and neurosurgery.

Learning is achieved through classroom, college laboratory and hospital clinical experiences.


The Lorain County Community College Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

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

The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) (303-694-9262, directly oversees the academic accreditation for the field of surgical technology.

6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO  80120
Phone: 303-694-9262
Fax: 303-741-3655

In the final semester of the program, students take the national certification examination, leading to the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) credential when passed.

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) (800-707-0057, is responsible for this credential and the examination.

Get Started Today

To learn more about the Surgical Technology program, please contact the program director:

Timothy Teets, CST, BS,
Associate Professor and Director
Health Sciences building, room 111 F

Exam Results of LCCC Graduates

Surgical Technology Program
National Certified Surgical Technology (CST) Exam Results 

Year of Graduation # of Students Exam Eligible # of Students Who Took the CST Exam # of Students who PASSED the CST Exam  % of Students Who Passed CST Exam 
2014 9 9 9 100%
2015 11 11 11 100%
2016 9 9 9 100%


Nursing Accreditation Visit

LCCC will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its Licensed Practical nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). You are invited to meet the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 2 p.m. on September 28, 2016 at Lorain County Community College, in HS 139.

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