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Surgical Technology (AAS)

The Surgical Technology program is designed for students to earn an AAS degree upon successful completion of the eleven-month program, once accepted into the core program, consisting of three semester of full-time enrollment. The Surgical Technology program at NCMC has a site visit scheduled for pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of  Allied Health Education Programs. This step is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.  The curriculum is in alignment with the Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology 7th ed., and contains didactic and clinical components. Curriculum is competency-based and is designed to develop health care professionals possessing entry-level skills in surgical technology.

What is a Surgical Technologist?

A surgical technologists, also called operating room technician, assist in surgical operations. They prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors during surgeries. Surgical technologists typically do the following: prepare operating rooms for surgery, sterilize equipment and make sure that there are adequate supplies for surgery, ready patients for surgery, such as washing and disinfecting incision sites, help surgeons during surgery by passing them instruments and other sterile supplies, count supplies, and maintain a sterile environment.


Must complete the pre-requisite courses prior to beginning the Surgical Technology program with a “C” or above.

AH160Basic Medical Terminology3
  • **Requires pre-requisite of Anatomy

General Education Courses

Must complete with “C” or above and may be taken prior to or concurrent with the Surgical Technology program

SP175Speech OR
SP220Interpersonal Communications3
*EN101English I3
AH106Math-Allied Health OR
MT122College Algebra OR
MT125Elementary Statistics3
*HI103American History to 1877 OR
*HI104American History Since 1877 OR
*PL216National Government3
  • Note: General Education courses can be taken concurrent with program but preferred to be completed prior to acceptance.
  • *Testing Required
  • Dual credit/Transfer credit This plan is designed for students with no dual or transfer credit.  If you have taken courses at other colleges, you will need to provide official transcripts to NCMC.
  • Developmental Studies This plan assumes that the student does not need to take Developmental Study courses.  Placement test scores determine whether or not the student will need to complete Developmental Study courses.  You can learn more about Developmental Study courses in the NCMC Academic Catalog.

Surgical Technology Courses

Once accepted into the Surgical Technology Program, you will take the following courses.

First Semester

ST100Introduction to Surgical Technology2
ST103Central Services4
ST105Principles and Practice of Surgical Technology3
ST109Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist2

Second Semester

ST120Fundamentals of Surgical Technology I5
ST121Fundamentals of Surgical Technology II5
ST130Procedures I5

Third Semester

ST131Procedures II5
ST140Clinical Experience6
ST150Surgical Technology Capstone2
  • Note: The core program starts in June and ends in May

Program Contact Information

Kristi Cutsinger, MBA

Program Coordinator of Health Sciences
North Central Missouri College
1301 Main Street
Trenton, MO 64683
[email protected]
(660) 357-6284


Surgical Technology Instructor and Program Director
[email protected]


Surgical Technology Instructor and Clinical Coordinator
[email protected]

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