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Surgical Services

Program Overview

Modern surgical teams rely on a wide range of medical technology to improve patients’ lives. If you are interested in working in a surgical setting with the latest medical equipment, consider a career in surgical technology.

You will gain real-world experience with our Surgical Technology program — developing skills requiring manual dexterity, acquiring knowledge of surgical technology, and learning how to take direction from the surgeon and surgical team. Also, you have the option to complete the 480-hour Hospital Central Service Technology practicum, making you eligible to take the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification examination.

Future work environments may range from hospital operating rooms, surgical centers, or other outpatient settings to the surgical equipment industry and even veterinary services. Upon completion of our courses, you may take the national Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam with confidence.

Make it happen. Start your career in surgical technology today.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why GateWay Community College?

GateWay Community College is known in the community for its healthcare education and training excellence and is the only college in the Maricopa Community College to offer the Surgical Technology programs. 

With additional training in the Surgical Technology field, you may expand your role and advance to Certified Surgical Technologist First Assistant. First Assistants function under the direction of the surgeon, and will help with sponging, suturing, retracting and closing wounds during surgery.

Special Requirement

All students interested in any of our Healthcare programs will be required to attend an Information/Advising session, which will provide in-depth information and enrollment guidance.

Virtual Information Sessions

Surgical Technology

Mondays at 5 p.m.

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Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.

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Watch the video below to learn more about the Surgical Technology Programs.

Program Location

Washington Campus 

Program Tuition Estimates*

Certificate of Completion in Hospital Central Service Technology:  $3,202 – $4,000
Certificate of Completion in Surgical Technology for Operating Room Nurse:  $3,502 - $4,167
Certificate of Completion in Surgical Technology:   $9,359 - $ 12,131
Associate in Applied Science in Surgical Technology:   $10,821 - $14,109

*Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.


Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.

GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Our Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

GateWay's program was recognized as a leader in student preparation and examination success for the 2012-2013 academic year by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Surgical Technology Program ARC/STSA Annual Report 2018 - 2020 Program Outcomes

  • The program will admit 20 students each academic year beginning in the fall.
  • The accredited program retention threshold is 60%.  The program retention for 2018-2020 was 85%.
  • The accredited program participation rate for the CST Exam is 100%. The program participation rate for 2018-2020 was 100%.
  • The CST Exam accreditation threshold for pass rate is 70%.  The 2018-2020 CST pass rate was 76%
  • The graduate placement accredited threshold is 80%.  The 2018-2020 graduate placement was 82%.
  • The employer satisfaction for 2018-2020 was 100%.

Program Accrediting Body Contact Information

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
9355 - 113th St. N. #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Phone: (727) 210-2350

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA)
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: (303) 694-9262
Fax: (303) 741-3655

Why should you choose an accredited school?

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.