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. 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, North Platte 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.
If you’d like more information about the program and program policies, please review the Surgical Technology Program Student Handbook (PDF).
START HERE: Please follow the steps on the Get Started Checklist (PDF) to complete the program application process.
- Student Health Assessment & TB Documentation (PDF)
- Online Program Application
- Digital Resume
- Essential Functions (PDF)
- CPR Training
Learn more about the Surgical Technology profession by completing this Professional Awareness Activity (PDF).
You're a Good Fit
Our Surgical Technology program has trained surgical technologists for over 50 years. As a surgical technologist, you are a vital member of the surgical team. You will be a successful surgical technologist if you:
- are able to execute the responsibilities of the program regarding attendance, assignments and record keeping
- possess the ability to multitask efficiently
- have the endurance to stand an entire shift if needed
- are able to work efficiently
- are detail oriented and able to work on a team
- are able to communicate effectively (both verbal and written)
- understand problem sensitivity (ability to tell when something is wrong or likely to go wrong)
- have a strong commitment to patient safety
- must be able to make decisions based on the use of logic and analytical skills
Surgical technologists are allied health professionals specifically trained to prepare the operating room, hand instruments, assist the surgeon, and manage the instruments after surgery. You can expect an average annual starting salary of $42,952. Career options include:
- Certified Surgical Technologist in a Hospital or Surgery Center
- Certified Surgical Technologist in Labor and Delivery departments
The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accrediting Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
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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.