Surgical Technology

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
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Why choose Surgical Technology?

  • Surgery can be stressful for patients. 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.
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.

Applications are now open for the Surgical Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) program with courses starting in fall 2024.

Program Locations

Marshfield Campus
2600 West 5th Street
Marshfield, WI 54449

What You'll Learn

The Surgical Technology program at Mid-State prepares graduates to work as part of the surgical team in operating rooms, providing proper handling and use of equipment, assisting the surgeon during procedures, and ensuring patient safety. 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).

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2023/24 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $9,988.20
  • Books: $1,085.25
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $0
  • Total Estimated Cost: $11,073.45

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance

Learn more about Cost of Attendance, an estimated budget that includes categories of expenses a student can expect to incur while attending. 

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

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10512125 Intro to Surgical Technology 4
  10512126 Surgical Tech Fundamentals 1 4
  10512127 Exploring Surgical Issues 2
  10501101 Medical Terminology  3
  10806177 General Anatomy & Physiology  4
  Term Total   17 Credits
Term: 2
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10512128 Surgical Tech Fundamentals 2 4
  10512129 Surgical Pharmacology 2
  10512130 Surgical Skills Application 2
  10806197 Microbiology  4
  10801136 English Composition 1  3
  Term Total   15 Credits
Term: 3
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10512131 Surgical Interventions 1 4
  10512132 Surgical Technology Clinical 1 3
  10512133 Surgical Technology Clinical 2 3
  10809172 Introduction to Diversity Studies  3
-or- 10809166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application  3
  10801198 Speech  3
-or- 10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication  3
  Term Total   16 Credits
Term: 4
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10512135 Surgical Technology Clinical 3 3
  10512136 Surgical Technology Clinical 4 3
  10512142 Surgical Interventions II 4
  10809198 Introduction to Psychology  3
-or- 10809188 Developmental Psychology  3
  Term Total   13 Credits
  Program Total   61 Credits



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.”


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High school students are eligible to enroll in this program and all courses required. Learn more about Mid-State Fast-Track.

Accreditation Information

The Mid-State Technical College Surgical Technology 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
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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 Technology 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 Technology Program Pathway