Surgical Technology

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Healthcare
  • Program Code: 10-512-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Surgical Technology Degree


Surgical technologists work under direct supervision to facilitate safe, effective invasive surgical procedures. You will learn the application of sterile and aseptic technique to help ensure that the operating room environment is safe and equipment functions properly. Graduates are eligible to write the certification examination given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting to become a Certified Surgical Technologist.

Entry-level positions are available in operating rooms and ambulatory surgery facilities.

This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Additional program details: Surgical technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique, and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. They work to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, the equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

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Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
* NATSCI-177 NATSCI-177 General Anatomy and Physiology ‡ * 4
(1)  ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
(1) NATSCI-179 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology ‡
(or) NATSCI-201 Anatomy and Physiology 1 ‡
and NATSCI-202 Anatomy and Physiology 2 ‡
(1) NATSCI-197 Microbiology ‡ 4
(1) PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
(1) SOCSCI-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies
(or) Any 200-level SOCSCI course
(2) HEALTH-101 Medical Terminology 3
(2) SURGT-125 Introduction to Surgical Technology ‡ 4
(2) SURGT-126 Surgical Tech Fundamentals 1 ‡ 4
(2)  SURGT-127 Exploring Surgical Issues ‡ 2
(2) SURGT-129 Surgical Pharmacology ‡ 2
(3) ENG-197 Technical Reporting
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
(3) SURGT-128 Surgical Tech Fundamentals 2 ‡ 4
(3) SURGT-130 Surgical Skills Application ‡ 2
(3) SURGT-137 Surgical Tech Clinical Practice 1 ‡ 4
(3) SURGT-140 Surgical Interventions 1A ‡ 2
(4) SURGT-138 Surgical Tech Clinical Practice 2 ‡ 4
(4) SURGT-139 Surgical Tech Clinical Practice 3 ‡ 4
(4) SURGT-141 Surgical Interventions 1B ‡ 2
(4) SURGT-142 Surgical Interventions II ‡ 4



Taken prior to first-semester courses.
( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

To see course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

2020-2021 Program Card

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Important Dates

Fall Start: Petition for program in February

Spring start: Petition for program in September

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Apply healthcare and technological science principles to the perioperative environment
  • Maintain principles of sterile technique in the surgical environment
  • Provide a safe, efficient, and supportive environment for the patient
  • Prepare the patient, operating room and surgical team for the preoperative phase
  • Perform intraoperative case management in the scrub role
  • Perform postoperative case management
  • Function as an ethical, legal, and professional member of the healthcare team as determined by governing bodies


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Career Outlook

Entry-level positions are available in operating rooms and ambulatory surgery facilities. For career information, visit

Possible Careers

Surgical Technologist
Surgical Assistant
Central Service Technician

Admission Requirements

This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process

The following are required for admission:

  • HP-A2 pre qualifying exam
  • C+ or higher in the following courses: 
    • NATSCI-177* or NATSCI-201* and 202* 
    • NATSCI-197*
  • Fall Start: Petition for program in February
  • Spring start: Petition for program in September


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This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 9355 113 th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL. 33775, 727-210-2350

Accreditation is based on recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology.


Healthcare Academic & Career Pathway

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, H Building, Room H116
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 01/20/2021