Associate Degree in Surgical Technology

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About This Program

A Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) is a member of the surgical team in the operating room who works with the surgeon, anesthesiologist and certified registered nurse delivering direct patient care before, during and after surgery. Surgical technologists perform functions and tasks that provide a safe environment for surgical care and contribute to the efficiency of the operating team by supporting operating surgeons, nurses and others involved in operative procedures. Surgical technologists also work in other patient service settings that call for special knowledge about asepsis, the methods of making or keeping an environment antiseptic.

The program is a cooperative effort between SMCC and Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland. The first year of the program is a one-year, self-contained surgical technology program provided by MMC. First-semester classes are held on the SMCC campus, including basic sciences, care and safety of the patient, and principles of operating room technique. Second-semester classes are held at MMC, enabling the student to gain practical experience in the operating room, participating in clinical rotations to several ambulatory surgery sites to maximize the student’s clinical experience. Graduates are prepared and eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Upon completion of the MMC surgical technology program, students can apply to the SMCC associate degree program for a second year of study. The associate degree enhances career opportunities through vertical mobility, practitioner levels refinement and maximized employment prospects.

The MMC School of Surgical Technology is fully accredited by the American Medical Association’s Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation. SMCC is fully accredited as a post-secondary educational institution by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Students interested in the Surgical Technology program need to apply to the Maine Medical Surgical Technology Program by visiting their website here.

Out-of-State Licensure Information

If you are completing this program and will be seeking licensure in another state, please download our Out-of-State Licensure document.

Your Degree Courses

Surgical Technology offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in coordination with Maine Medical Center allowing students to complete their degree by taking general education courses at SMCC either before, during or after completing the MMC Surgical Technology program. The following courses are a sampling of what you might take as a student in this program and are subject to change.

Program Course Sampling

  • Maine Medical Center Surgical Technology Program (approximately 45 credits)
  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Fine Arts/Humanities elective
  • Mathematics elective
  • Science elective with Lab
  • Social Science elective

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

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Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the current SMCC Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Provide safe care to the patient in a surgical setting.
  • Function as an integral part of a surgical team.
  • Demonstrate aseptic technique.
  • Practice as a surgical technologist in multiple clinical settings.
  • Work in related medical settings such as research, infection control and medical sales.
  • Sit for the national certification examination for surgical technologists.

Estimated Degree Completion Time

4.5 full-time semesters

67 credit hours are required to complete this program

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

Program Costs

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SMCC Graduates

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