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?
- 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?
- Obtain a certificate from COD
- 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:
Certified Surgical Technologist
- Associate in Applied Science Degree
Helps continue his/her education
How can I prepare now?
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.
Kathy Cabai, RN, CNOR, M.S.Ed., Ed.D., Program Director
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 2202A, (630) 942-8328
Health and Sciences Division
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1220, (630) 942-8331