Surgical Technology students putting on gloves
Now enrolling twice per year.

Assist During Operations as a Surgical Technologist

This clinical, hands-on program, offered on the Harrison County Campus beginning each summer, is an intensive program that prepares students to enter operating rooms as a surgical technologist. Following successful completion of prerequisites, this one year program  leads to an Associates of Applied Science Degree. As a surgical technologist, you’ll assist physicians, anesthesiologists, and registered nurses during operations. Surgical Technologists are well-paying positions, and the industry is growing.

Program Overview

Students in the Surgical Technology Program attend regular classes; experience hands-on labs in our two-room Operating Room Suite; and train in area hospitals, operating rooms, and outpatient surgical centers. We provide students the skills and knowledge to function as members of a surgical team.

Graduates will be eligible to take the national certifying examination to become certified surgical technologists. This program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 9355 113th Street N., #7709, Seminole, FL 33775, Telephone number 727-210-2350, under the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, 19751 Main Street #339, Parker, CO 80138, Telephone number 303-741-3655.

Program Outcomes


The goals of the Surgical Technology program include:

  1. To prepare entry-level Surgical Technologists who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.
  2. Provide the student with skills and knowledge to graduate and function as members of the surgical team.
  3. Prepare graduates to successfully pass the AST certification exam and become nationally certified.
Review NC-SARA: Accepted College Licensure or Certifications by Educational Program & State to learn what states outside of Mississippi accept this program licensure.

What Students Learn

  • Preparation of operating rooms and equipment
  • To assist doctors by providing appropriate supplies and equipment
  • Application of sterilization techniques
  • Related surgical anatomy and pathology
  • Wound classifications and healing
  • Standard precautions
  • Procedures from surgical sub-specialties and related areas

Career Opportunities

Surgical Techs or operating room technicians can advance to become a surgeon’s First Assistant, manage surgical teams, and work in hospital administration. They can also build upon their existing Associates Degree to earn a higher medical degree. Surgical Technologists are well-paying jobs, and employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 12% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.


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