Surgical technologists are members of the operating room teams, which include the surgeon(s), anesthesiologist and circulating nurse. They primarily fulfill the first scrub role and help to prepare the operating room by setting up sterile surgical instruments, equipment and supplies, such as drapes, gowns, gloves, suction tubing, and receiving solutions and medications from the circulator. Surgical technologists assemble the sterile equipment, check to ensure it is all working properly and make adjustments as necessary.
They assist the surgeon with putting on his/her gown and gloves and assist in placing the sterile drapes on the patient to create the sterile field. During the surgical procedure, the surgical technologist is responsible for anticipating the needs of the surgeon by passing instruments and providing needed supplies such as sponges, performing counts of the instruments and the sharps, receiving tissue specimens to be passed off to the circulator and ensuring there are no breaks in sterile technique.
Students in the Surgical Technology Program learn to be allied health professionals who work in the surgical suite delivering patient care. They ensure the operating room environment is safe, the equipment functions properly, and the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical Technologists are the surgical team’s experts in aseptic technique.
Training at MTECH will focus on:
- Surgical Technology Basics
- Microbiology and Infection Control
- Surgical Techniques
The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of ARC/STSA.
Certificates and Licensures
- MTECH Program Certificate in Surgical Technology
- Healthcare Provider BLS and First Aid Certificate
- Students will be prepared to take the National Board of Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants (ARCSTSA) Certified Surgical Technologist Exam
Registration Eligibility: Adults only. High school students are not eligible to register for this program.
Registration Availability: This program requires an application process and approval prior to registration. You must submit your application for the Fall section between May 15 and June 15. For the Spring section you must submit your application between October 15 and November 15. Late applications will not be processed. The Application and details can be found below.
Program Length: 1314 Hours or approximately 12 months.
Times: Days. See schedule details below.
Locations: MTECH Lehi Main Campus
Articulation Agreements: Up to 30 credit hours towards AAS Technology Management from UVU or towards AAS General Technology with Emphasis from USU.
Financial Aid Eligible: This program is eligible for Financial Aid and Veterans Assistance. +Learn More
Entrance Assessment: Students must take the MTECH Entrance Assessment. The Entrance Assessment is free and takes about an hour to complete. No appointment is necessary. To learn more visit mtec.edu/testing.
New Student Orientation: Students must complete the brief MTECH New Student Orientation prior to first day of class. To learn more visit mtec.edu/nso.
Students must be at least 18 years old and a high school graduate with documentation of graduation.
Applications and forms must be submitted during the the application window:
Fall is May 15th to June 15th.
Spring is October 15th to November 15th.
|Session||Location||Room||Start Date||End Date||Start Time||End Time||Days|
|Fall 2020||Lehi||226||8/18/2020||TBD||7:30 am||2:00 pm||M-Th|
|7:30 am||10:30 am||F|
|Spring 2021||Lehi||226||1/19/2021||TBD||7:30 am||2:00 pm||M-Th|
|7:30 am||10:30 am||F|
** Note: End date is subject to change; Externship to follow; Anticipated Start Date at Provo Campus is October 2022.
Tuition and Fees
|Application Fee||$30.00||To be submitted with the application and paid to Student Services|
|Program Fees||$1,197.00||Includes Gold Student Exam Bundle (AST Membership, Study Guide & CST Exam Fee)|
|total:||$4,076.40||All tuition and fees are due at the time of registration.|
Materials and Supplies
|Surgical Technology Textbook Bundle||$180.00||
ISBN: 987-1-3375-0158-3 (5th Edition)
|Embroidered Surgical Technology
|$60.00||Available in MTECH Bookstore; cost is for two sets.|