Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology


Do you like hands-on work? What about hands-in? The Surgical Technology Program at Elgin Community College teaches you how to take an active role in the operating room.

Surgical Technology - AAS

The role of the Surgical Technologist is to provide quality patient care while preparing the operating room for surgical cases, maintain a sterile environment, and remain next to the patient during the entire surgery while passing instruments to the surgeon, holding retractor’s, suctioning, sponging and anticipating the needs of the surgeon—you may even put your hand directly in a patient’s body during some surgeries. A career in the operating room is never boring, and being a strong team player is a must for a surgical technologist. ECC will prepare you for this exciting career with a combination of classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences in area hospitals. The Surgical Technology Program consists of hands-on training at the highest level.

You can be confident in your surgical technology education from ECC because our staff and instructors are qualified and supportive, and graduates pass the national certification exam at a much higher rate than the national average. In fact, 92 percent of the 2017 class passed the Certified Surgical Technologist exam on the first attempt.


The surgical technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC/STSA).

Sterile Processing and Distribution - BVS

Sterile Processing and Distribution Basic Vocational Certificate is an essential role in every health care team. Technicians who work in sterile processing and distribution clean, sterilize, and assemble surgical instruments, equipment, and supplies for use in operating rooms and other departments within medical and surgical facilities. These technicians work behind the scenes rather than directly with patients, yet they are critical to successful patient outcomes.

If you want to work in a fast-paced environment, are meticulous and organized, and enjoy the challenges of working with high-tech equipment, you’re a great match for a career as a sterile processing and distribution technician.

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Program Highlights

Prepare for Immediate Employment

Associate of Applied Science

Basic Certificate

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