Surgical Technologist

Technical Diploma
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Why choose Surgical Technologist?

  • Surgery can be stressful. The trained surgical technologist is an important member of the surgical team, providing pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative care and making the patient’s experience more positive.
  • A great career for those with strong communication and teamwork skills as well as attention to detail and safety protocols.
  • Get the training needed to confidently work in a supporting role in the exciting world of surgery.
  • Gain confidence with your new skills in our state-of-the art Healthcare Simulation Center.
For the average patient the prospect of surgery can be stressful. Trained surgical technologists make the patient’s experience more positive while providing pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative care. The surgical technologist is also an important member of the surgical team.

Due to accreditation requirements, we are no longer accepting applications for the Surgical Technologist technical diploma. Applications are now open for the Surgical Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) program with courses starting in fall 2024. Please see more information about this program at

Program Locations

Marshfield Campus
2600 West 5th Street
Marshfield, WI 54449

What You'll Learn

The Surgical Technologist program at Mid-State prepares graduates to work as part of the surgical team in operating rooms, providing instruments and supplies to the surgeon. Students learn skills and techniques used in central service with instrument processing.

Training encompasses both classroom and lab instruction. You will gain clinical hands-on experience in surgery, ambulatory centers, central service, and other related areas. After successful completion of the program and certification exam, you will be a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10501101 Medical Terminology  3
  10806177 General Anatomy & Physiology  4
  Term Total   7 Credits
Term: 2
  Catalog# Title Credits
  31806311 Applied Microbiology 2
-or- 10806197 Microbiology  4
  31512327 ST: Introduction to Surgical Technology 4
  31512328 ST: Fundamentals 1 4
  31512329 ST: Fundamentals 2 2
  31512330 ST: Clinical 1 3
  Term Total   15-17 Credits
Term: 3
  Catalog# Title Credits
  31512331 ST: Surgical Procedures 4
  31512332 ST: Clinical 2 4
  31512334 ST: Clinical 3 4
  10501104 Culture of Healthcare  2
  Term Total   14 Credits
  Program Total   36-38 Credits

This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.



Nancy earned her associate in applied science from Mid-State Technical College and is a Certified Surgical Technologist and Certified First Assistant. Her experience includes over 16 years as a clinical coordinator and assisting in lab preparation in the Surgical Technologist program at Mid-State.

“Being a teacher has many rewards, especially the pride I feel when each student has completed the program and walks across the stage to receive their much-deserved diploma.”


  • Surgical Technologist
  • Vascular/Cath Lab Surgical Technologist
  • Anesthesia Technologist
  • Endoscopy Assistant
  • Labor and Delivery Technician
  • Materials Management
  • Medical Sales
  • Office Manager
  • Organ and Tissue Procurement
  • Private employment by a surgeon
  • Research and Product Developer Assistant
  • Surgery Scheduler
  • Surgical Assistant
  • Surgical Technology Instructor
  • Traveling Surgical Technologist
  • Veterinary Assistant


Accreditation Information

The Surgical Technologist program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), under the auspices of Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Graduates of the Surgical Technologist program highly recommend the Central Service Technician program prior to core course enrollment.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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Accreditation Outcomes

Outcomes Assessment Exam (CST Exam)

Reporting Year Academic Year Mid-State Pass Rate
2019 2017-2018 91%

*ARC/STSA Exam Pass Rate Threshold is 70%

Additional Resources

Criminal Background Form

Technical Standards

Waiting List Policy

“The Surgical Technologist program took me out of my comfort zone and moved me into what I am doing now. It was the key to my success.”


Choose Your Path

Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.

TransferDual CreditCredit for Prior Learning

Surgical Technologist Pathway