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Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology (Certificate)

The Surgical Technology certificate program is a one-year program offered at the community colleges through the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market. This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to practice as certified surgical technologists.

Students successfully completing the program will be fully qualified for jobs as scrub surgical technologists and circulating surgical technologists. Program graduates will be eligible for employment in hospitals, surgical centers, and clinics and physicians offices. The program is offered off-campus in a central laboratory.

The SICCM Surgical Technology Program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) by recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology. Graduates of an accredited S.T. program are eligible to sit for the National Certifying Exam for Surgical Technologists. The exam is given year round by appointment. It is administered by the Liaison Council on Certification for the Surgical Technologist (LCC-ST) which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA). Successful completion of this exam confers the title of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Admission Requirements:
Persons seeking admission to the Surgical Technology Program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have graduated from an approved high school or demonstrate equivalent competency (GED examination).
  2. Meet all admission policies and complete all required admission forms of the college.
  3. Take the Health Occupation Aptitude Examination - Revised.
  4. Submit a completed Surgical Technology application form to the college by March 1.
  5. Submit to a criminal background check and drug testing after admission into the program

NOTE: Students must have completed BIO 210-Introduction to Anatomy with a grade of "C" or better before beginning the Surgical Technology program.

For More Information Contact:
Admissions and Advising
at 1-800-481-2242 or (618) 634-3200 or e-mail

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