Welcome to the Surgical Technology Homepage
Surgical Technologists are integral members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, registered nurses, and anesthesia personnel. Surgical Technologists are also responsible for assembling and organizing all the specialized instruments and equipment needed for a wide variety of surgical procedures. They are experts in sterile technique, responsible for maintaining the sterile field during surgery.
The Surgical Technology Program prepares students to be competent entry-level Surgical Technologists in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains. Graduates will qualify to become certified through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) examination.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Apply principles of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology to perioperative patient care. Assessment: Successful completion of preparatory courses such as Biology for Allied Health, Medical Terminology, and Microbiology for Surgical Technology.
- Distinguish the elements, action, and use of medications and anesthetic agents used during the perioperative experience.
- Demonstrate safe practice in the role of Surgical Technologist.
- Assessment: Successful completion of the Operating Room Techniques and Operating Room Skills Seminar, as well as the hours spent in the actual operating room setting.
- Display competence in technical skills and aseptic technique in the perioperative environment.
- Practice responsible and accountable behavior within the role and competencies of the Surgical Technologist.
- Organize the intraoperative environment efficiently as a member of the surgical team.
- Apply learned knowledge and skills in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains to become nationally certified as a Surgical Technologist.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) certifying examination for Surgical Technologists. A passing score on this exam will grant the student status as a Certified Surgical Technologist, employable in all 50 states.
Approval and Accreditation
The Surgical Technology Program at Housatonic Community College (HCC) is licensed by the Connecticut Board of Regents and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).
Outcome Assessment Results
- 92% of the students were NBSTSA/CST exam eligible.
- 63% of the students passed the CST Exam on the first attempt.
- 70% of the students were placed in jobs.
Surgical Technology Program Schedule
|Program Length (2 Years)||Start month (Subjected to change)||Class Time (Subjected to change)||Clinical Day and Time (Subjected to change)|
|Semester 1||Aug - Dec||May vary||None|
|Semester 2||Jan - May||M-R 8 am – 3 pm May vary||Apr – May T – R 6:50am – 3:30 pm|
|Semester 3||Aug - Dec||M 8 am – 3 pm||T – R 6:50am – 3:30pm|
|Semester 4||Jan - May||M 8 am – 3 pm||Jan – April
T – R 8am – 3:30pm
The Community College System of the State of Connecticut will not discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, ancestry, present or past history of mental disability, genetic information, marital status, mental retardation, sexual orientation, learning disability, or physical disability, including, but not limited to, blindness, or prior conviction of a crime, unless the provisions of sections 46a-60(b), 46a-80(b), or 46a81(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes are controlling or there is a bona fide occupational qualification excluding persons in one of the above protected groups. With respect to the foregoing, discrimination on the basis of sex shall include sexual harassment as defined in section 46a-60(8) of the Connecticut General Statutes. Although it is recognized that there are bona fide occupational qualifications which provide for exception from employment prohibitions, it is understood these exceptions are to be applied pursuant to section 46a-68-33 of the administrative regulations.
Further, the System will not discriminate against any person on the grounds of political beliefs or veteran status.
The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies at Housatonic Community College as the Title IX and Section 504/ADA Coordinator(s).
- Confidential Consultation
- Confidential Crisis Response
- Prevention Programming
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of their disability. The ADA provides, in part, that "no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity."
Housatonic Community College work to ensure compliance with Title IX, which is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the sex (gender) of employees and students of educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance.
Program of Study
The program of study reflects a full-time curriculum plan. Students enrolled in the Surgical Technology Program are required to complete all courses in the program of study to graduate. A grade of C+ is required for the science general education requirement and core courses in the Surgical Technology program of study, and a grade of C is required for all other general education requirement courses in the program of study. General education courses must be satisfactorily completed before or during the semester in which they are scheduled in the curriculum. Students who fail to complete required general education courses in the published sequence, or do not achieve the grade requirement, may be dismissed from the program.
For more information including suggested sequence of courses, please click here.
- Submit HCC general application
- Submit all required documents to the admission department
- Attend an information session
- Successfully complete fall first term courses (Table 1) with the minimum grade requirement by the end of fall 2020
Table 1 – Fall First Term Courses
|Housatonic Community College Course||Required Grade|
|ENG*101: English Composition||C or greater|
|MAT*104: Quantitative Literacy or higher||C or greater|
|MED*125: Medical Terminology||C or greater|
|CSA*105: Intro to Computer Applications||C or greater|
|BIO*115: Human Biology for Allied Health
BIO*211 and BIO*212 can be substituted for BIO*115
|C+ or greater
C+ or greater in both BIO*211 and BIO*212
Meet the minimum technical standard. The Surgical Technology student must be able to apply the knowledge and skills necessary to function in a broad variety of clinical situations. Technical standards reflect reasonable performance expectations of the Surgical Technology student for the performance of Standard functions. These requirements address capabilities in the areas of motor, sensory, communication, behavior, and critical thinking abilities. The technical standards may be found
- Complete and submit Housatonic Community College online admission application
- The application is available online at https://housatonic.edu/admissions-financial-aid/apply
- Submit application requirements to the Admission Office (Lafayette Hall, Room L111):
Proof of Immunization. MMRV (Measles/ Mumps/ Rubella/ Varicella) immunization.
High School or GED proof of graduation (copy of high school diploma or send an official high school transcript from the high school)
- Contact the Financial Aid Department at https://housatonic.edu/admissions-financial-aid/financial-aid
- Request official transcripts (high school and college)
- Request two official transcripts to be sent to HCC admissions and Sandra Barnes at
- Instructions for transferring students are available at https://housatonic.edu/degrees-and-certificates/transfer-options.
- Submit Surgical Technology Program Application for Acceptance:
- 2020 – 2021 Surgical Technology application will be opened July 31, 2020 – October 31, 2020. The online application for Spring 2021 will become available on July 31, 2020
- Applications and all applicable transcripts must be submitted by the deadline
- Students MUST have completed steps 1 – 3 before applying to the program.
- This application is intended for students who wish to be considered for official acceptance only. Submitting an application to the Surgical Technology program does not guarantee automatic acceptance. A Surgical Technology Review Team will review all application materials and officially select students into the program.
- All applications that are completed by the October 31, 2020 deadline will be reviewed AFTER the application deadline, regardless of the date of submission. Applicants will be notified by mail prior to December 1, 2020 as to their admission status.
- All initial communication with students is to each student’s community college email address. Applicants that have not activated their community college email address should go to http://www.ct.edu/netid.
Checklist for Application Process
|Students are required to submit the following to their Selected Program (HCC) Admissions Office by the October 31, 2020 deadline:|
|Items to be Completed||How to Complete|
|Submit a general college application. If you are not already a student.||https://housatonic.edu/admissions-financial- aid/apply|
|High school transcripts or high school diploma indicating the date of graduation, General Educational Development (GED) diploma or State High School Equivalency diploma.||Contact your high school and request.
Contact the issuing agency for other proof of graduation options.
|Official College/university transcripts from ALL colleges ever attended (including all CT Community Colleges), regardless of the age of the transcripts and applicability to the Surgical Technology Program.||If a CT Community College - request through Banner Self-Service (Select the College, Student Records, Transcripts, Official Transcripts, select eTranscripts).
All other colleges/universities, contact that college/university and send electronically if possible.
Must be FINAL transcripts to be considered complete.
If the transcript is from out of the country, it must be evaluated by an approved agency to be considered complete.
|Proof of immunizations||Consult with the Admissions Office at your Selected Program (HCC) for current immunizations required for general admission to the college.|
|Students are required to submit the following online by the October 31, 2020 deadline:|
|Surgical Technology application||Surgical Technology Program applications for the academic year 2020-2021 will be available at http://www.housatonic.edu/surgtech from July 31, 2020 – October 31, 2020
Applicants must complete all fields on the application in order to be able to submit.
Download Technical Standards Here
Application will be available from July 31 to October 31, 2020.
Tuition and Fees
2019-2020 Schedule of Tuition and Common Fees - Effective FALL 2019 All Tuition and Fees are subject to change
Connecticut residence program tuition - $9,112
Out-of-state residence program tuition - $27,016
All students enrolled in the HCC Surgical Technology program are required to pay the Clinical Program Level 1 fee of $487.00 for the first semester and the Clinical Program Level 2 fee of $359.00 for the semesters that follow. Please see the link for additional college fees: https://www.housatonic.edu/admissions-financial-aid/tuition
Additional program expenses include but not limited to the cost of:
Books and supplies
Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
Criminal background check
Transportation and parking at assigned clinical locations Health requirement
Health and case requirement tracking software
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