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Surgical Technologist

One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 315121

Overview

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

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


Admission

To Apply

After Acceptance

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

                       Fall 2018 and Spring 2019               Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

Questions?

Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 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.

Pre-Surgical Technologist Courses

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








First Semester




Second Semester



Outcomes

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.

Careers

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.

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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    36
    Tuition
    $4831.20
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $787.50
    Other Costs
    $238.00
    Total Program Costs:
    $5856.70
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 17 18 18
    Number of Surveys Sent 17 18 18
    Number of Surveys Returned 15 16 18
    Percent of Surveys Returned 88.20% 88.90% 100.00%
    Available for Employment 15 16 18
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
    Not in Labor Market 0 0 0
    Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 15 16 18
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 14 14 16
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 93.30% 87.50% 88.90%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 2 2
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 6.70% 12.50% 11.10%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 0 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.3 3.4 3.7
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 15 16 18
    Very Satisfied 7 9 12
    Percent Very Satisfied 46.70% 56.30% 66.70%
    Satisfied 7 6 6
    Percent Satisfied 46.70% 37.50% 33.30%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 1 1 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 6.70% 6.30% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 15 16 18
    Preparation for Getting a Job 3 10 9
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 20.00% 62.50% 50.00%
    Career Change 10 6 6
    Percent Career Change 66.70% 37.50% 33.30%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 1 0 0
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 6.70% 0.00% 0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 0 0 2
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 0.00% 11.10%
    Personal Interest 0 0 1
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 5.60%
    Other 1 0 0
    Percent Other 6.70% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 15 16 18
    Before Enrollment 2 0 1
    Percent Before Enrollment 13.30% 0.00% 5.60%
    While Attending the College 1 3 2
    Percent While Attending the College 6.70% 18.80% 11.10%
    After Training at the College 12 13 15
    Percent After Training at the College 80.00% 81.30% 83.30%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 15 16 18
    In College District 6 8 8
    Percent In College District 40.00% 50.00% 44.40%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 9 7 9
    Percent of In Wisconsin 60.00% 43.80% 50.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 1
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 5.60%
    Employer Location Unknown 0 1 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 6.30% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 13 12 15
    Average Monthly Wage $3,459 $3,485 $3,469
    Average Hourly Wage $20.11 $20.26 $20.17
    Average Work Hours per Week 40.6 40.8 40.1
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 1 1
    Average Hourly Wage $17.57 $19.55 $21.00
    Average Work Hours per Week 30 32 32
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 26 36
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 4 16
    Total Jobs 30 52
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    American Family Children's Hospital Surgical Technologist
    Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center Surgical Technologist Sheboygan
    Fort Health & Rehabilitation Surgical Technologist Fort Atkinson
    Reedsburg Area Medical Center Certified Surgical Technologist Reedsburg
    Reedsburg Area Medical Center Surgical Technologist Reedsburg
    St Mary's / Dean Ventures Operating Room Technician 2
    St Mary's / Dean Ventures Surgical Technologist
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Surgical Technologist 7
    Watertown Memorial Hospital Certified Surgical Technologist Watertown

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    *** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

    **** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at techconnect@madisoncollege.edu