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Surgical Technology

Ready to Take the Next Step… Surgical Technology at Sinclair Will Prepare You

Since 1998, the surgical technology department at Sinclair Community College has been offering the opportunity for you to prepare for a career as a member of a surgical team. A surgical technologist works together with a surgeon registered nurse and anesthesiologist to ensure proper surgical case management. Specifically, surgical technologists prepare and pass all sterile instruments during the surgical procedure while maintaining the sterile field and anticipating the needs of the surgeon.

Our program is specifically designed to provide you with the educational skill development and clinical experience to function under medical direction as a competent surgical technologist. The coursework for this program ranges from anatomy to psychology and surgical procedures to microbiology. Our program’s educational combination of both didactic instruction and clinical practice will provide you will the knowledge you need to succeed in this field.

This program might be for you if:

  • You would like to work in medical field as surgical assistant and with knowledge of advanced medical techniques.
  • You are a person who enjoys working as part of a team.
  • You enjoy working with a diverse population, performing a variety of tasks.
  • You want to gain new skills that are in demand across the country.

A surgical technologist helps to meet the needs of patients in the operating rooms in a variety of different environments. Employment may be found in hospital operating rooms, delivery rooms, endoscopy units, emergency departments, laboratories, and many other settings where invasive therapeutic or diagnostic surgical procedures are performed.

Important Information about Health Sciences Programs: The Health Sciences (HS) Programs consist of open enrollment (general education and division specific courses) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each HS program's webpage.

Short-term Technical Certificate

Tissue Banking Technology

The Tissue Banking Technology certificate program prepares individuals to attain the skills necessary to become a certified tissue banking technologist. Tissue banking technologists are integral in the recovery, processing, storage and distribution of human tissue.

Students in this program will gain basic knowledge of human anatomy, medical terminology, sterile techniques, surgical recovery and processing techniques, ethics and regulatory standards. Students will also be eligible to take the national Certified Tissue Banking Specialist (CTBS) exam upon program completion.

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Degree Programs

Surgical Technology - Associate of Applied Science

The Surgical Technology program at Sinclair Community College has been Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) approved since 1998 and offers the opportunity to prepare for a career as a member of a surgical team.

A surgical technologist works together with the surgeon, registered nurse and anesthesiologist as a member of the surgical team. To ensure proper surgical case management, the surgical technologist prepares and passes all sterile instruments during the surgical procedure while maintaining the sterile field and anticipating the needs of the surgeon.

The surgical technologist helps to meet the needs of patients in the operating rooms of hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, physician offices, diagnostic facilities and other agencies where surgery is performed.

The Surgical Technology program is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters on a full-time basis when a student begins the technical portion of the program. The degree program consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required, as well as a grade of C or higher in all program courses.

The program includes both didactic instruction and supervised clinical practice in all areas required by CAAHEP. Supervised clinical practice in area operating rooms include participating in procedures in general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, plastic surgery, urology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, thoracic surgery and cardiovascular and peripheral vascular surgery.

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Program Accreditation Information
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), Sinclair’s surgical technology program provides students with the opportunity to work as a certified surgical technologist. In this program, students will be required to complete the academic classroom requirements, but will also have the opportunity to gain valuable supervised clinical practice. As part of the curriculum, the students will rotate through the clinical affiliates as scheduled in the course sequence. The standard surgical rotation case requirements that students must achieve is 120 cases, following the AST Core Curriculum, 6th edition.


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Transfer Opportunities

Make the most of your education by starting at Sinclair Community College. Our quality programs and low tuition make it a great place to start even if you intend to further your education beyond an associate degree or certificate. You would be surprised at the money you could save by completing your first two years of study at Sinclair—just take a look at our low tuition and see the savings for yourself. You can also learn more by visiting Sinclair’s Transfer Web site »

Articulation & Transfer Agreements

Sinclair works directly with many four-year schools in Ohio and beyond to ensure the college credit you earn will transfer easily to those schools. By developing articulation agreements, formal agreements between colleges detailing the recognition of college credit between the schools, you will know you are meeting the requirements needed at the four-year school of your choice. Learn more about articulation and transfer »

Ohio Transfer Module

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs fulfill the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module at other public colleges and universities. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond their program to complete the entire transfer module.

Upon completion of the Ohio Transfer Module, students will be able to enter most Ohio four-year colleges and universities as a junior with your general education requirements completed. Find out more about the Ohio Transfer Module »

Transferring Individual Classes

In addition to transferring with a degree, college credit for many courses, including many surgical technology program requirements, are accepted at other colleges and universities. Learn more about course equivalency »

General Agreements

While at Sinclair, if you plan to complete any associate degree program, there are agreements in place to help you easily transfer into a variety of bachelor’s degree completion programs.

Your transfer opportunities
may include:

  • Antioch University McGregor
  • Franklin University
  • Kaplan University
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Ohio University
  • Purdue University
  • Strayer University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Wright State University
  • and more…

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Please Note: Sinclair continues to work with other colleges and universities to provide more opportunities through new articulation and transfer agreements. Please consult with an academic advisor for the most up-to-date information.

Related Programs

Sinclair Community College offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs. With so many to choose from, we are sure that you can find a program that suits your needs. If you are interested in the surgical technology program, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Sinclair: