Surgical Technologist



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Technical Diploma

Program Number: 315121

Credits: 36

Area of Study: Health Sciences

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $5,000.40
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

Surgical technologists are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. The Surgical Technologist program at Madison College will prepare you to enter this important health care field.

A surgical technologist works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique. They combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation of tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

Students who are successful in becoming surgical technologists:

  • Possess a strong sense of responsibility, considerable patience and concern for others
  • Function well in a team
  • Possess manual dexterity and fine motor coordination
  • Perform accurately and efficiently under pressure

Please note that after acceptance to this program, you will be required to complete a background check and provide documentation of current required-immunizations and current Healthcare Provider CPR certification.

Program Details

Wisconsin law requires background checks for persons who provide care for others or have access to people who receive care. This law applies to students in many School of Health Sciences programs. Please review the Caregiver Background Check information on the School of Health Sciences Forms and Policies.

Students in the Surgical Technologist program must attend full time.

Classes are offered Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Surgical Technologist classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program. 

Surgical Technology


To Apply

Students need to complete the petition process to get into core-program classes for this program. Before submitting an application, it’s important to review the Petition Process webpage which also includes estimated wait times for each program.

After Acceptance

Once you have been accepted into a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Surgical Technologist Petition Requirements.

                 Fall 2020 and Spring 2021                    Fall 2021 and Spring 2022                                                     


Contact Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


After completing the Surgical Technologist program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be prepared to:

  • Apply healthcare and technological science principles to the perioperative environment.
  • Maintain principles of sterile technique in the surgical environment.
  • Provide a safe, efficient, and supportive environment for the patient.
  • Prepare the patient, operating room and surgical team for the preoperative phase.
  • Perform intraoperative case management in the scrub role.
  • Perform postoperative case management.
  • Function as an ethical, legal and professional member of the healthcare team as determined by governing bodies.

A comprehensive course portfolio will be required for graduation.


Earning your Surgical Technologist diploma at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as a:

  • Surgical Technologist
  • OB Technician
  • Central Supply Technician
  • Private Scrub Technologist
  • Second Assisting
  • First Assisting Technologist
  • GI Technician
  • Laser/Endoscopic Technician
  • Tissue/Organ Procurement
  • Material Manager
  • Claims Approver 
  • Surgical Sales Representative
  • Vet Technician

Some of the occupations listed above may require additional education and/or experience.


  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates182020
    Number of Surveys Sent182020
    Number of Surveys Returned182020
    Percent of Surveys Returned100.00%100.00%100.00%
    Available for Employment182020
    Percent Available for Employment100.00%100.00%100.00%
    Not in Labor Market000
    Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed182020
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%100.00%100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation162020
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation88.90%100.00%100.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation200
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation11.10%0.00%0.00%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Seeking Employment000
    Percent Seeking Employment0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses182020
    Very Satisfied (4)121414
    Percent Very Satisfied66.70%70.00%70.00%
    Satisfied (3)666
    Percent Satisfied33.30%30.00%30.00%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses182020
    Preparation for Getting a Job987
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job50.00%40.00%35.00%
    Career Change61111
    Percent Career Change33.30%55.00%55.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills000
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education212
    Percent Preparation for Further Education11.10%5.00%10.00%
    Personal Interest100
    Percent Personal Interest5.60%0.00%0.00%
    Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses181820
    Before Enrollment100
    Percent Before Enrollment5.60%0.00%0.00%
    While Attending the College220
    Percent While Attending the College11.10%11.10%0.00%
    After Training at the College151620
    Percent After Training at the College83.30%88.90%100.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses182020
    In College District8814
    Percent In College District44.40%40.00%70.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District9125
    Percent of In Wisconsin50.00%60.00%25.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin101
    Percent Outside Wisconsin5.60%0.00%5.00%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count151815
    Average Monthly Wage$3,469 $3,686 $3,805
    Average Hourly Wage$20.17 $21.43 $22.12
    Average Work Hours per Week40.141.639.9
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count115
    Average Hourly Wage$21.00 $22.25 $22.99
    Average Work Hours per Week323230.8
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    American Family Children's Hospital Customer Service Representative
    American Family Children's Hospital Surgical Technologist 2
    Dept of Veterans Affairs Surgical Technologist
    SSM Health Operating Room Technician
    SSM Health Operating Room Technologist
    St Mary's / Dean Ventures Operating Room Technician
    St Mary's / Dean Ventures Surgical Technologist
    St Thomas West Hospital Surgical Technologist Nashville TN
    Stoughton Hospital Surgical Technologist Stoughton
    Unity Point Health-Meriter Obstetric Technician
    Unity Point Health-Meriter Surgical Technologist 3
    UW Health Surgical Technologist 3
    UW Health at The American Center Surgical Technologist
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Certified Surgical Technologist
    UW Hospital Surgical Technologist

    * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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