Upon graduation students will receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Surgical
Technology and will be eligible to complete the national board examination administered
by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).
Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to
2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology
have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of
illnesses and injuries. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook) Individual salaries vary by geographic location, amount of education and experience,
and the type and size of the employer. On average, a surgical technologist will start
with an annual salary of $33,000-$39,000 ($16.00-$19.00 hourly). For more information
about a career in surgical technology please refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
The gainful employment regulation requires nondegree programs at community colleges
to meet minimum thresholds with respect to the debt-to-income rates of their graduates.
You can view the information for this program here as reported to the Department of Education.
Cost of Attendance
For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES.
Program Career and Salary Information
Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours,
program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related
to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at https://scorecard.mo.gov/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree
or credential type of interest.
The following limitations to the data apply - Information provided is based on the
most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion
data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program
of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.
The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of
Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon recommendation of the ARC-STSA
Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
(arcstsa.org). The program has been fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied
Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) since 1978.
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The student can expect to incur some fees/expenses while enrolled in the Surgical
Technology program. These fees are approximate and subject to change.
Approximate tuition currently based on 63 credit hours:
Cost Per Credit Hour:
Approximate Total Cost: Tuition and Miscellaneous fees
St. Louis Community College provides a comprehensive financial aid program. For more
information including a cost calculator, information on STLCC scholarships and FAFSA
please visit the financial aid webpage.
Prior to application, we recommend that you meet with an STLCC academic advisor. The advisor can help you plan your courses, clarify program requirements, and review
your academic history as it relates to this program. Visit the STLCC academic advising page.
- All applicants for the Surgical Technology program must first be admitted to St. Louis
- Applications for this program are accepted on a continuing basis throughout the year.
Visit an academic advisor on the Forest Park campus to apply to the program.
- Due to the popularity of this program, the number of qualified applicants may exceed
the number of openings. Students will then be put on a wait list on a first come/first
- Applicants admitted to the program must attend a mandatory orientation session prior
to the fall semester. The specific date, time and location of the orientation are
included in the admissions letter.
Requirements and prerequisites for the surgical technology program must be satisfied
prior to applying to the program. The program prerequisites are:
- completion of MTH 050 or two semesters of high school algebra with a "C" or better
within the last five years
- completion of BIO 111 or 1 year of high school biology and chemistry with labs with
a "C" or better within the last five years
- an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
Students enrolled in the associate program will have the entire second year to gain
experience at a clinical site passing instruments and assisting the surgeon.
Prior to attending clinical education, students will be required to:
- Submit proof of current BLS or CPR for Healthcare Professionals
- Submit a completed heath history and physical examination
- Submit a negative TB skin test
- Undergo a background check, and drug screen through a college-approved background
screening company prior to the beginning of the fall semester of admission. Students
not passing the criminal background check and/or drug screen may be prohibited from
participating in clinical education. This will prevent the student from being able
to complete all program requirements
- Meet technical standards related to observation, communication, motor skills, behavioral
and social attributes
Students will have the opportunity to attend a clinical site under the supervision
of an instructor and staff preceptors, students will perform as members of the operating
room team. Below is a list of affiliated clinical sites.
Surgical Technologists are in demand in St. Louis and St. Louis Community College
graduates are actively recruited by local employers. The statistics below indicate
the percentage of graduates who accepted positions as Certified Surgical Technologists
or in a related field within one year of graduation.
Class of 2019 – 94% employed
Class of 2018 – 89% employed
Class of 2017 – 94% employed
Class of 2016 – 80% employed
Class of 2015 – 100% employed
Below are the pass rates for St. Louis Community College graduates on the National
Examination for the Certified Surgical Technologist offered by the National Board
of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
Class of 2019 – 94% pass rate
Class of 2018 – 84% pass rate
Class of 2017 – 94% pass rate
Class of 2016 – 90% pass rate
Class of 2015 – 94% pass rate
Emily Albers CST, B.A.
Stacey Boedeker CST, M.Ed.
Minnie Smith Buckingham CST, CSFA
Stan Romeo CST
Katrina Hongs CST, RN
Diane Gerardot CST, M.Ed.