Surgical Technologist Certification

Embark on a rewarding career in the medical field by acquiring the expertise and abilities required for the Certified Surgical Technologist (TS-C) examination.


18 Weeks








ST‐3000: Surgical Technologist provides students with a wide assortment of immersive and virtual hands-on learning experiences that allow for demonstration of key clinical skills. Surgical procedures are demonstrated using virtual tools or live recorded video and are simulated, allowing the student to immerse themselves into a virtual experience that is engaging, safe, and repeatable.

The role of a Surgical Technologist is to prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, prepare patients, and assist doctors during surgeries. They have the unique opportunity to interact with patients prior to (pre), during (intra), and after (post) surgical procedures. The role of the Surgical Technologist is incredibly important because they ensure a sterile and organized environment.

This program prepares students to become Tech in surgery Certified (TS-C) by the NCCT. Program objectives include explaining the role of the surgical Technologist as a member of the surgical team, distinguish preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative duties, discuss workplace safety, infection control, hand washing, and use of personal protective equipment, and demonstrate instrument identification and passing skills while assisting with surgical procedures.

Hours Per Week

16 hours of study per week, on average

Job Growth​

Employment for surgical technologists is expected to growth by 6.3%, over the next ten years*

Average Starting Salary


*Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Program Information

Programs may include courses such as:

  • Professionalism in Allied Health
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy, Physiology, & Medical Terminology
  • Surgical Technology
Hardware Computer Requirements
  • Computer/Processor:
    • 2 GHz or above
    • Intel Pentium 4 or above
    • AMD Athlon 3800+ or above
    • 512MB RAM or above
    • Keyboard and Mouse
    • CD-ROM Drive
    • Network Card 100BaseT or higher
    • Sound Card/Speaker/Headset
    • Configured default printer
  • Operating System:
    • PC: Windows XP SP3 or newer
    • Mac: OS X 10.5 or newer
    • Internet browsers IE v6 and above, Mozilla Firefox v3.0 and above

Software Computer Requirements
  • Internet browsers IE v6 and above, Mozilla Firefox v3.0 and above
  • We recommend using either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for your internet browser if you have any issues with internet Explorer
  • Super VGA (1024 x 768) or higher-resolution video adapter with 128MB VRAM and monitor. The latest versions Macromedia Flash player and Shockwave player plug-ins for Internet browser (Firefox doesn’t use plug-ins installed for IE)
  • Shockwave You may be asked to install Shockwave on your machine to facilitate your online training. Follow the steps to install Shockwave making sure to uncheck the box that states “Install Yahoo Tool bar”.
  • Active X If at some point you may be asked to install Active X, please do so.
  • Adobe Reader If you cannot open and read your transcript you will need to go to and download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

High Speed Broadband Internet Connection is Required
    Recommended Internet speeds:
    • Download speed of at least 25 mbps
    • Upload speed of at least 3 mbps
    • Ping response of less than 100ms

Coming in July 2023.  Students can enroll and study at their own pace.

Students enrolled in a structured Online workforce development program are required to engage in an academically related activity every week. If a student is absent for 10 consecutive calendar days, the students’ enrollment in the program will be terminated. A student whose enrollment is terminated for violation of the attendance policy may not re-enroll until the next cohort starts that offers the same course the student was scheduled. This provision does not circumvent the approved refund policy.

Certification Information

Upon completion of your training, you’ll be qualified to earn your certification as a Tech in Surgery – Certified (TS-C) by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). After passing the exam and earning your certification, the certification must be renewed each year through continuing education. Clinical requirements include Case Documentation within 2 years of exam pass date, including minimum 125 surgical cases.


Tech in Surgery – Certified

The Tech in Surgery – Certified by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) showcases your knowledge of science and medical topics as well as surgical technical skills and safety regulations.

PLEASE NOTE: Case documentation requires a minimum of 125 surgical cases including a minimum of 50 scrubs in general surgery; a minimum of 20 scrubs in orthopedic surgery and a minimum of 55 scrubs in at least 2 (two) of the following areas: Gynecology, Genitourinary, Cardiovascular, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics, Thoracic, Peripheral Vascular, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Plastic/Reconstructive, Others (if other). Within 2 years, the certified technician is required to complete case documentation and report to NCCT National Center for Competency Testing (

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