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Surgical Technology

What is a Surgical Technologist (ST)?
The ST is a vital member of the surgical team functioning under direct supervision of a surgeon and registered nurse in the operating room. The duties of the ST include: assisting the surgeon by selecting and preparing instruments and surgery; assisting with the operating room equipment; monitors medications and fluids for surgery; providing a safe environment for successful patient outcomes. The clinical practice throughout the program will be coordinated by the instructor at MassBay and take place in various hospitals in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Employment opportunities include labor/delivey/endoscopy departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physicians' offices,and central supply processing units.
The Association of Surgical Technologists has produced the video below titled "Making a Difference: A Career in Surgical Technology".
Click on the arrow below on the video to view a glimpse into the exciting, fast-paced - and critically important -- world of Surgical Technology.


What is MassBay's Surgical Technology Certificate Program?
For both day and evening students, it is a full-time, three consecutive semester program.  The program consists of instruction in the basic sciences, medical terminology, surgical functions in the operating room, operating room equipment, sterile supply processing, and aseptic technique. The clinical practice throughout the program will be coordinated by the instructor at the college and take place in various hospitals and ambulatory surgical settings throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  All new applicants should plan to attend a health program information session at MassBay.

What Makes Surgical Technology a good career choice?

  • Short-term Training: MassBay’s program is only 12-months long, including both lecture and lab/clinical practice.
  • Solid Job Growth Prospects: In Massachusetts, this job is expected to grow 15% from 2008-2018.
  • Good Pay: Typical entry-level wage is approximately $19-21/hr.
  • Room for Advancement: A Surgical Technologist ST can move up to a CST, CFA, Nursing, Sales Representative or Educator.
  • Typical job benefits include medical and other insurance, 401(k) retirement savings plan, and some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

The Surgical Technology program is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Program graduates are eligible to sit for the A.S.T. Certifying Examination, which is approved by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Assisting (NBSTSA).


CLINICAL COMPONENT REVISION (January 2013 and after)
This core curriculum revision for MassBay Community College’s Surgical Technology program will allow students entering the program to meet the core curriculum requirements for ARC/STSA, the accrediting agency.

MassBay’s program will no longer offer 140 surgical cases; our new requirement is 120 surgical cases. Students will be required to scrub in on 30 cases in general surgery, of which 20 must be in the first scrub role.  Students must also complete 90 cases in various other surgical specialties, of which 60 must be in the first scrub role and evenly distributed between 5 surgical specialties.

MassBay’s program faculty will continue to verify that all above requirements meet our accreditation criteria by weekly site visits, the student’s clinical log, and bi-weekly reports.  This is now a mandatory requirement.  Students will have skills practice sessions in the simulation laboratory prior to clinical placement.  When a student is in an observational role, it will be documented but will not count towards the 120 surgical case requirement.
Surgical Technology program faculty will verify that all of the above requirements meet the program’s accreditation mandatory criteria.

If you have any questions, please attend an upcoming health program information session. Check out our Info Session schedule and sign up today under "All Other Health Science Programs”. Or, contact - Dana Thomas at - or call 508.270.4234 – Framingham Campus - Room 120, Office P