Surgical Technology

Occupational Description
Surgical technologists (ST's) are integral members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical personnel. Before, during and after surgery, they deliver patient care and perform tasks that help ensure a safe surgical environment, contributing to and supporting the operating team's efficiency.

Job Description
The role of a surgical technologist includes setting up the operating room, preparing surgical instruments and assisting in their use, and preparing patients for surgery. The technologist has primary responsibility for maintaining the sterile field, ensuring that all members of the operating team adhere to aseptic technique, and preparing and applying sterile dressings following procedures.

ST's are employed in hospital operating rooms, delivery rooms, cast rooms, emergency departments and clinics. The employment outlook for this occupational area is very good.

Course Description
Coursework includes both classroom and clinical instruction. Multiple clinical sites are used to expose students to a variety of surgical settings. Successful completion of the program results in the award of a certificate and, with additional general education coursework, an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. Successful completion of the program also permits the graduate to sit for the national certifying examination.

Accreditation Status
The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Outcomes Assessment Exam Results

The Surgical Technology program graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) exam. 

Class of 2017 (as of August 29, 2018)

Retention rate: 26 enrolled, 2 dropped= 92 %
CST Participation in Certification Exam: 24/24= 100%
CST Pass Rate in Certification Exam (first time): 21/24= 87%
Graduate Placement (in field, continuing education)= 21/24=87%
Employer surveys:
Return rate: 15/20 = 75%
Satisfaction rate: 15/15 = 100%

Graduate surveys:
Return rate: 24/24 = 100%
Satisfaction rate: 24/24 = 100%

Class of 2016

Retention rate: 30 enrolled, 4 dropped = 86%
CST Participation in Certification Exam: 26/26=100%
CST Pass Rate in Certification Exam (first time): 25/26=96%
Graduate Placement (in field, continuing education) = 24/26=92%
Employer Survey Return rate=12/23=52%
Employer Survey Satisfaction rate=12/12=100%
Graduate Survey Return rate=14/26=53%
Graduate Survey Satisfaction rate= 14/14=100%

Class of 2015

Retention rate: 25 enrolled, 5 dropped; 20/25= 80%
CST Participation in Certification Exam: 20/20=100%
CST Pass Rate in Certification Exam (first time): 19/20=95%
Graduate Placement (in field, continuing education) = 15/20=75%
Employer Survey Return rate=10/14=71%
Employer Survey Satisfaction rate=10/10=100%
Graduate Survey Return rate=20/20=100%
Graduate Survey Satisfaction rate= 20/20=100%


Gainful Employment Information

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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.

2015-2016 Outstanding Faculty Award Winner


Kathy Cabai

Kathy Cabai, professor and coordinator of the Surgical Technology program at College of DuPage, has been named the Overall Outstanding Faculty Member for 2015-2016.


  • Spotlight: Student Spotlight: Lauren Melnick

    Lauren MelnickSurgical Technology

    “I have phenomenal instructors who know the field in and out and support our class in every way possible. This program is demanding and intense, but it’s worth it knowing we have the support, knowledge and encouragement from our instructors. This is not a career that someone should be in just for a paycheck. At the end of the day, each and every patient has a story and they depend on the operating room staff to care for them. If you have a commitment and love for this profession, it will take you far.”

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  • Spotlight: Victor Barron

    Victor BarronSurgical Technology

    The curriculum offered at COD is set up to provide success as long as you are willing to put the work into it. College of DuPage is an excellent college and will help you achieve your goals. Thanks to the career that I chose at COD, I have accomplished dreams that I thought I would never reach. I go to work to do the job that I love and I have also been able to go to mission trips to help others. What a blessing!”

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  • Spotlight: Tracy Swan

    Tracy SwanSurgical Technology

    “The Surgical Technology program also has a dedicated program director who has an extensive background in the medical field, which gives us a valuable advantage over other surgical technology programs. These factors influenced my decision to be a part of this program."

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  • Spotlight: Keri Dorushka

    Keri DorushkaSurgical Technology

    "Surgical tech is not a well-known profession and not many people even know we exist. My main role as a health care professional is to remember that I am part of a team that must work together to achieve one goal: to give the patient the highest level of care."

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  • Spotlight: Mike Siconolfi

    Mike SiconolfiSurgical Technology

    "The training and classwork at COD prepared me for the role. There was a lot of hands-on learning in state-of-the-art labs and first-class health care facilities."

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