Surgical Technology students in gowns and masks

Surgical Technology

What is Surgical Technology? 

Surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians, assist in surgical operations. They work as members of a healthcare team alongside physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, and other healthcare workers. Surgical technologists prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors during surgeries.

What are my career choices?

The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

  • Surgical Technology (65 credit hours)  

For overview of program, see the Program Brochure.
For course description for advising, see the Class sequence sheet
For specific course requirements, see the KCTCS Course Catalog.
For program cost, see the estimate worksheet.

Certification Pass Rates 
ARC/STSA Pass Rate Threshold= 70%

  • 2012-2013 - 90%
  • 2013-2014 - 87%
  • 2014-2015 - 78%
  • 2015-2016 - 94%

Admission Requirements

This program has specific requirements that must be completed before acceptance into the program.  You must view the Online Orientation which overviews the program, afterwards fill out the Verification Form and return it to the address listed.  Once those pre-requisites are fulfilled, you may send in your Application for Admission. Length of Program

You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

For more information

Debra Crews
(270) 901-1079
Program Director

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.