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Surgical Technology

Program Overview

Undergoing surgery can be intimidating, which is why it is the job of many to care for patients who are about to endure a surgical procedure. If you have an interest in working in the surgical setting with the latest medical equipment, consider a career in surgical technology.

You’ll gain real-world experience with our Surgical Technology program — developing skills needed for manual dexterity, knowledge of surgical technology, and how to take direction from the surgeon and surrounding surgical team. You’ll also have the option to complete the 480-hour Hospital Central Service Technology practicum, then be eligible for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification examination.

Future work environments may range from hospital operating rooms, surgical centers, and 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.

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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Phone Numbers: (US) +1 812-641-1795 | PIN: 742 712 519#

Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.

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Phone Number: (US) +1 315-754-3375 | PIN: 329 696 579#

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Program Location

Washington Campus 

Program Tuition Estimates*

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 Degree 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.

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.