Surgical Technology

Program Description

If you want to be rewarded daily for making a difference in a patient’s life, a career as a surgical technologist is ideal for you. Our program teaches you the skills necessary to become a successful surgical technologist. When you graduate, you will be able to anticipate the needs of the surgical team and assist the surgeon by holding retractors, cutting sutures, suctioning wounds, adjusting lights, and applying dressings.

You are able to take classes at the Lincoln campus or online. Our online component is designed to accommodate those who live outside the Lincoln area, but within the state of Nebraska. Students who live in the Lincoln area may also apply for the online option. Regardless of how you take your classes (in person or online), you will be required to attend labs either in Lincoln or at a designated lab closest to you (sites in Norfolk, Lexington and Kearney). You will also attend clinicals at a pre-approved clinical site to achieve a specific number of surgical procedures to meet graduation requirements. Online students may be asked to travel to Lincoln throughout the program.


Surgical technologists are allied health professionals specifically trained to prepare the operating room, hand instruments, assist the surgeon, and manage the instruments after surgery. Career options include:

  • Certified Surgical Technologist in a Hospital or Surgery Center
  • Certified Surgical Technologist in Labor and Delivery departments


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Awards Offered: A.A.S. Degree
Locations: Lincoln, Online
Formats: In-Person / Online
Start: Fall / Spring
Schedule: Full-Time / Part-time
Estimated Total Cost
$9,962 Associate of Applied Science

You will be a good fit for the Surgical Technology program if you are fascinated by the human body and medicine, but do not necessarily want to provide direct patient care. Surgical technologists are detail oriented, function well under stress, have strong critical thinking skills, like working with their hands and are responsible team members. 

START HERE: Please follow the steps on the Get Started Checklist (PDF) to complete the program application process.

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CAAHEP logoThe Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accrediting Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

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


State Licensure or Certification Requirements

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Students will sit for the National Certification Examination prior to graduation. Students who pass the exam will receive the official certification certificate from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting upon graduation. This is a national certification and is accepted in all 50 states. Privileges may vary by state, depending on each state’s laws and guidelines.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution

Southeast Community College is a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution (NC-SARA) institution. As such, SCC is unable to offer online or distance courses to students in the following areas at this time: American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

For more information about the post-graduation achievements of SCC Graduates as well as average starting salaries, refer to the annual Graduate Report (PDF).

For information about the methodologies used to gather the post-graduation student achievement data contained in the annual Graduate Report, refer to the Institutional Research page or contact