Frequently Asked Questions

Is Surgical Technology for me?

The field is for you if you:

  • Have an assertive personality.
  • Are able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Have good manual dexterity.
  • Can multi-task.
  • Are organized and detail oriented.

What skills will I need for this field?

You will need to have:

  • Knowledge of basic surgical instrumentation/equipment.
  • Knowledge of aseptic techniques.
  • Knowledge of surgical procedures, anatomy, physiology and medical terminology.

What is the work atmosphere like?

Locations may include: operating room of acute care facilities or surgical centers, OB department of acute care, or sterile processing area.

What are my degree options?

  • Certificate:
    Surgical Technology
  • Associate's Degree:
    Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Surgical Technology
  • Professional Certification
    Must receive certificate from an accredited program in order to sit for the certification exam. Becoming certified makes you a Surgical Technologist.

What are my options for Central Sterile Processing?

  1. Obtain a certificate from COD
  2. Eligible to sit for either the IAHCSMM National Certification Exam and/or CBSPD National Certification Exam

What are my career opportunities?

Surgical Technologist advanced training is typically done on the
job. Some formal training programs are available to become
First Assistant and Sterile Processing Manager.

What can I do with these degrees?

If you have completed:

  • Certificate
    Certified Surgical Technologist
  • Associate in Applied Science Degree
    Helps continue his/her education

How can I prepare now?

Recommended courses:

  • Science
    As many sciences as possible with a focus on Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Medical Terminology.

What about my articulated credit?

Check with your high school coordinator to see if you are
eligible for articulated credit at College of DuPage.

How do I get started?

Please attend an Advising Session.


Contact Information

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please

    1. Attend an advising session
    2. Visit a Health Career Program Advisor by calling (630) 942-2259 to make an appointment.
    3. For information or general inquiries, please send an email to (Please use above phone number only to schedule an appointment. Do not send an appointment request to this email).

Feedback/compliments/concerns regarding this Health Science Program. For general inquiries, please use contact information listed above.

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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