Surgical Technology

Associate in Science

The Housatonic Community College (HCC) Surgical Technology Program is licensed by the Connecticut Board of Regents and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Once students enrolled in the HCC Surgical Technology Program successfully complete the requirements of the two-year Associate of Science Degree Program, they will be eligible to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) examination. A passing score on this exam will grant the student status as a Certified Surgical Technologist, employable in all 50 states.

The Gateway Community College (GCC) Surgical Technology Program is licensed by the
Connecticut Board of Regents and is applying for accreditation status as a satellite campus of
the Housatonic Community College (HCC) Surgical Technology Program through the
Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
(ARC/STSA) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Surgical Technologists are integral members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, registered nurses, and anesthesia personnel. Surgical technologists are also responsible for assembling and organizing all the specialized instruments, equipment and tools needed for a wide variety of surgical procedures. They are experts in sterile technique, responsible for maintaining the sterile field during surgery.


Surgical Technology Technical Standards Summer/Fall 2019 Surgical Technology Information Session Dates
  HCC Surgical Tech Program     2020-2021 Surgical Technology Information Packet

PROGRAM TOTAL $10,413.00 (tuition and clinical program fee) *Cost does not include student activity fees, textbooks, uniforms or other materials.

Financial Aid may be available to those who qualify. Cost is subjected to change.

Program Mission:

The Surgical Technology program prepares students to be competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.  Graduates will qualify to become certified through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) examination.



  • Apply principles of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology to perioperative patient care.
  • Distinguish the elements, action, and use of medications and anesthetic agents used during the perioperative experience.
  • Demonstrate safe practice in the role of Surgical Technologist.
  • Display competence in technical skills and aseptic technique in the perioperative environment.
  • Practice responsible and accountable behavior within the role and competencies of the Surgical Technologist.
  • Organize the intraoperative environment efficiently as a member of the surgical team.
  • Apply learned knowledge and skills in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains to become nationally certified as a Surgical Technologist.


Job Opportunities

The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of Surgical Technologists is nationally projected to grow 15% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than average.

The final class of Surgical Technologists graduated from Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing in May, 2016. No new graduates will be available until HCC graduates its first class in May 2019. There is already a growing need for Surgical Technologists in area hospitals and surgical clinics.

For more information:
Sherifa S. Douglas, Program Coordinator
(203) 332-5993 |

Mary Beth Banks, MPA
203-285-2388 |

In addition to completing the GCC general admissions application, students who are interested in pursuing a career in surgical technology are required to complete a separate Surgical Technology Application. The GCC Surgical Technology application for Fall 2019 will be available February 4, 2019 – May 6, 2019 on the GCC website.

Students must be eligible to register for ENG*101 English Composition and MAT*109 by the fall semester of the first year in the program.

A minimum of C+ is required for all science and Surgical Technology courses and a C in all other general education courses for the Surgical Technology degree.


Suggested Sequence of Courses:

Prerequisite or parallel courses may be required. Please check individual course descriptions for details.

Freshman Year

  • ENG* E101 - Composition (3 credits)
  • MAT* E104 - Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
  •     or  MAT* E137 - Intermediate Algebra (3 credits)
  •     or  Elective (QUAX) - Quantitative Reasoning (3-4 credits)
  • MED* E125 - Medical Terminology (3 credits)
  • CSA* E105 - Introduction to Software Applications (3 credits)
  • BIO* E119 - Human Biology for Allied Health (4 credits)
  • ENG* E102 - Literature & Composition (3 credits)
  •     or  ENG* E202 - Technical Writing (3 credits)
  • Elective (SOPX) - Social Phenomena II (3 credits) 1
  • SUR* E110 - Operating Room Techniques (4 credits)
  • SUR* E111 - Operating Room Skills Seminar (4 credits)
  • SUR* E109 - Microbiology for Surgical Technologists (2 credits)

Sophomore Year

  • PSY* E111 - General Psychology I (3 credits)
  • SUR* E211 - Clinical Experience I (6 credits)
  • SUR* E213 - Surgical Procedures I (3 credits)
  • SUR* E215 - Surgical Technology Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • Elective (AESX) - Aesthetic Dimensions (3 credits)
  • SUR* E212 - Clinical Experience II (6 credits)
  • SUR* E214 - Surgical Procedures II (3 credits)
  • SUR* E250 - Advanced Seminar for the Surgical Technologist (3 credits)

Total Credits: 62

1  A foreign language is suggested.

*BIO*211 and BIO*212 Anatomy and Physiology I and II can be substituted for BIO*115