Surgical Technology

Simulation of doctors, nurses and surgical technicians working on a medical procedure.


Do you like hands-on work? What about hands-in? The Surgical Technology Program at Elgin Community College teaches you how to how to take an active role in the operating room. Surgical technologists prepare the operating room for surgical cases, and remain next to the patient during the entire surgery while passing instruments to the surgeon, holding retractors, 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 is hands-on training at the highest level.

You can be confident in your surgical technology education from ECC, because our 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).

Program Highlights

Prepare for Immediate Employment

Associate of Applied Science

Vocational Certificate

Basic Certificate

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