Surgical Technology


Program Overview

The Surgical Technology program offers an Associate Degree in Applied Science. The program’s primary goal is to prepare entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The curriculum includes science courses, which provide the basis for in-depth consideration of both theory and clinical application of principles utilized in Surgical Technology. Basic courses in the theoretical aspects of Surgical Technology encompass lecture, skills labs, clinical, and online instruction.

Surgical Technology Student

Throughout the program, students are provided with hands-on experience in a lab setting and in cooperation with various hospitals, under the direction of the Program Director, program faculty, and clinical preceptors.
Surgical Technology students share responsibility with the faculty, physician residents, nurses, ancillary staff, surgeons and others in the welfare of the patient. To this extent, professionalism, personal appearance, and teamwork are vital in providing the best possible health care to patients; hard skills (technical) and soft skills (behavioral) will be emphasized throughout this program relative to the final expected outcomes for the patients and the role of the valued health care employee.
If at any time a student does not receive the minimum grade of 2.33 (C+) in any Surgical Technology or core sciences course, the student may not progress in the program until the course is successfully repeated. Students receiving a final course score  less than 2.33 may re-enroll in that course in one year if space is available. Students choosing to
re-enroll after one year must start the program over. Monies will not be refunded for Surgical Technology courses, co-requisite courses, books, attire, lab kits, fees, other costs, etc.

Degrees & Certificates

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program Mission, Goals and Learning Outcomes

Visit Program Mission to view the program mission, goals and learning outcomes.

Visit Surgical Technology Program Handbook to view the 2018-2019 handbook.

Visit Standards to see WNCC Surgical Technology Technical Standards.

Program Cost & Curriculum 

Visit 2018-2019 Program Cost to learn more about the program's tuition and fees.

Visit Curriculum to see the program's courses.


The Surgical Technology program at Western Nebraska Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
24500 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763




Career Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians, assist in surgical operations. They prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors during surgeries. Surgical Technologists typically need a postsecondary certificate or an associate's degree. Certification can be beneneficial in finding a job. In 2014, the median pay for Surgical Technologists was $43,350 per year. Growth in jobs in this field for the decade 2014-2024 was projected to be 15%, much faster than average. To view more information about the surgical technologist field, visit United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Contact Info

Marcene Elwell, BSN, RN, CNOR, CST
Surgical Tech Instructor/Program Director

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