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 - $5,076.00
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 2021 and Spring 2022

Fall 2022 and Spring 2023                                                     


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 and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement 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 Graduates202019
    Number of Surveys Sent202019
    Number of Surveys Returned202017
    Percent of Surveys Returned100.0%100.0%89.5%
    Available for Employment202016
    Percent Available for Employment100.0%100.0%94.1%
    Not in Labor Market001
    Percent Not in Labor Market0.0%0.0%5.9%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed202015
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%100.0%93.8%
    Employed in Related Occupation202013
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.0%100.0%86.7%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation001
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.0%0.0%6.7%
    Employed - No Response001
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%6.7%
    Seeking Employment001
    Percent Seeking Employment0.0%0.0%6.3%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses202017
    Very Satisfied (4)14149
    Percent Very Satisfied70.0%70.0%52.9%
    Satisfied (3)668
    Percent Satisfied30.0%30.0%47.1%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses202017
    Preparation for Getting a Job874
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job40.0%35.0%23.5%
    Career Change111110
    Percent Career Change55.0%55.0%58.8%
    Improvement of Existing Skills000
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Preparation for Further Education122
    Percent Preparation for Further Education5.0%10.0%11.8%
    Personal Interest001
    Percent Personal Interest0.0%0.0%5.9%
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses182014
    Before Enrollment000
    Percent Before Enrollment0.0%0.0%0.0%
    While Attending the College203
    Percent While Attending the College11.1%0.0%21.4%
    After Training at the College162011
    Percent After Training at the College88.9%100.0%78.6%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses202015
    In College District8147
    Percent In College District40.0%70.0%46.7%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District1258
    Percent of In Wisconsin60.0%25.0%53.3%
    Outside of Wisconsin010
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%5.0%0.0%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count181512
    Average Monthly Wage$3,686$3,805$3,774
    Average Hourly Wage$21.43$22.12$21.94
    Average Work Hours per Week41.639.940.1
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count151
    Average Hourly Wage$22.25$22.99$19.73
    Average Work Hours per Week32.030.830.0
  • 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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