Toledo Campus and Cincinnati: Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology

Mercy College's Surgical Technology program provides real-world experiences to help prepare you for the workforce. Didactic courses are offered in a convenient online format and the lab is held in an actual operating room of one of our clinical affiliates, which provides a realistic experience prior to clinical. Small class sizes promote individualized learning. Students progress through lab and clinical as a group – promoting teamwork, communication, and relationship building.

Surgical technology is the only healthcare program where you get to work directly with the surgeon in the operating room, with surgical instruments, in association with surgical procedures. Surgical Technology is a fast-paced and exciting career choice. Individuals must work well under pressure.

Program Overview

Available in Toledo and Cincinnati, the Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree Program is designed to prepare students to provide critical support services to surgeons, nurses, anesthesia providers, and other surgical team members. Using a variety of learning resources, students will acquire the knowledge base of sterile technique, surgical instrumentation and equipment, surgical procedures, asepsis, and patient care skills. During the clinical portion of the program, students will complete a minimum of 120 cases of various surgical specialties in the first and second scrub roles while supervised by a clinical preceptor.

This five-semester program includes general education and surgical technology courses and leads to an Associate in Science degree. In this program, students gain proficiency through class (theory), lab, and clinical experiences in a variety of settings assisting with a variety of surgical procedures.

Mission: To prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Program At A Glance

Lecture courses online

Lab held in actual operating room

Small class sizes

Cohorts progress together

Sample Program of Study for Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology

At the completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Assist with various surgical procedures under the supervision of the surgeon, registered nurse, or other surgical personnel.
  2. Apply appropriate communication skills with members of the surgical team and the surgical patient.
  3. Ensure sterile technique and the principles of asepsis are followed at all times.
  4. Demonstrate personal accountability and professionalism.
  5. Ensure the operating room/environment is safe for the surgical patient and personnel.
  6. Ensure surgical equipment functions appropriately.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge, behaviors, and technical skills necessary to gain employment as a surgical technologist.
  8. Practice professional and ethical behaviors.
  9. Integrate Mercy College Values into clinical practice.
  10. Perform as a surgical technologist at entry-level expectations.

Career Outlook

Employment Growth

According to the United State Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics “Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

About 9,000 openings for surgical technologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.”

Critical need for STs in operating rooms and surgery centers across the country. Employment opportunities do extend beyond the operating room – medical sales, tissue procurement, sterile processing, labor and delivery, and travel surgical technologist.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting college admission requirements, the following Surgical Technology Program admission requirements must be met:

  • Applicants must be high school graduates with a GPA of at least 2.3, GED recipients with a score of 530 (score of 53 prior to 2002), or transfer students with a cumulative GPA of 2.3. Students whose GPA falls below 2.3 but above 2.0 will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Applicants must have completed and passed these high school courses of their college equivalents with a grade of "C" or better within the past seven years:
    • Algebra - one year
    • Biology - one year
  • Math placement test required with the following exceptions:
    • Meet or exceed ACT/SAT math score required for MTH 100 (within the past 5 years), OR
    • Successful completion of college-level math (grade of “C” or better) from a regionally-accredited institution, OR
    • Transfer credit (MTH 100 level or higher with a grade of “C” or better) from a regionally-accredited institution.