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.
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 Education programs. Please review the Caregiver Background Check information on the School of Health Education 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
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All courses for this program are offered only in person.Surgical Technologyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty9oBWN5jJo
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.
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.
- Attend an Advising, Application, Information & More (AAIM) 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.
Once you have been accepted into a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Surgical Technologist Petition Requirements.
Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2020-2021 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.
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 Report Summary Overview
2016 2017 2018 Number of Program Graduates 18 18 20 Number of Surveys Sent 18 18 20 Number of Surveys Returned 16 18 20 Percent of Surveys Returned 88.90% 100.00% 100.00% Available for Employment 16 18 20 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
2016 2017 2018 Graduates Employed 16 18 20 Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% Employed in Related Occupation 14 16 20 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 87.50% 88.90% 100.00% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 2 0 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 12.50% 11.10% 0.00% 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
2016 2017 2018 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 3.7 3.7 Number of Satisfaction Responses 16 18 20 Very Satisfied 9 12 14 Percent Very Satisfied 56.30% 66.70% 70.00% Satisfied 6 6 6 Percent Satisfied 37.50% 33.30% 30.00% Unsatisfied 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfied 1 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 6.30% 0.00% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2016 2017 2018 Number of Primary Reason Responses 16 18 20 Preparation for Getting a Job 10 9 8 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 62.50% 50.00% 40.00% Career Change 6 6 11 Percent Career Change 37.50% 33.30% 55.00% Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 0 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Preparation for Further Education 0 2 1 Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 11.10% 5.00% Personal Interest 0 1 0 Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 5.60% 0.00% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2016 2017 2018 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 16 18 18 Before Enrollment 0 1 0 Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 5.60% 0.00% While Attending the College 3 2 2 Percent While Attending the College 18.80% 11.10% 11.10% After Training at the College 13 15 16 Percent After Training at the College 81.30% 83.30% 88.90% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2016 2017 2018 Number of Employment Location Responses 16 18 20 In College District 8 8 8 Percent In College District 50.00% 44.40% 40.00% In Wisconsin, Not in District 7 9 12 Percent of In Wisconsin 43.80% 50.00% 60.00% Outside of Wisconsin 0 1 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 5.60% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 1 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 6.30% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 12 15 18 Average Monthly Wage $3,485 $3,469 $3,686 Average Hourly Wage $20.26 $20.17 $21.43 Average Work Hours per Week 40.8 40.1 41.6 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 1 1 Average Hourly Wage $19.55 $21.00 $22.25 Average Work Hours per Week 32 32 32
Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018 Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison Number of Full Time Positions Open 11 40 Number of Part Time Positions Open 6 21 Total Jobs 17 61 Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018 Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions American Family Children's Hospital Surgical Technologist 2 Aurora Medical Center Certified Surgical Technologist Oshkosh Divine Savior Healthcare Surgical Technologist Portage Gundersen St Joseph Surgical Technician Hilllsboro Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital Surgical Technologist Oconomowoc 2 Reedsburg Area Medical Center Surgical Technologist Reedsburg Unity Point Health Meriter Hospital OB Surgical Technician Unity Point Health Meriter Hospital Surgical Technologist UW Health at the American Center Surgical Technician 2 UW Health at the American Center Surgical Technologist UW Health Hospital & Clinics Certified Surgical Technologist UW Health Hospital & Clinics Surgical Recovery Coordinator UW Health Hospital & Clinics Surgical Technician UW Health Hospital & Clinics Surgical Technologist 3
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