Surgical Technologist

One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 315121


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 combines 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

Surgical Technologist is on a career pathway that includes this technical diploma. It will prepare you for a good job and advanced training. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.

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. 

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

Surgical Technology


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Students admitted onto the waitlist for the Fall 2016 term or prior should continue to use their Academic Requirements Report and review emails from their academic advisor.

Students admitted into a pre-petition status for the Fall 2017 term or after should complete the Surgical Technologist Petition Requirements.


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2017-2018 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

Pre-Surgical Technologist Courses

Choose from one of the two General Anatomy & Physiology courses or Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2:

First Semester

Second Semester


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.