Surgical Technology Program

Program Description

Surgical Technology is a five phase program which prepares the student for entry into the Surgical Technology profession. It relates content from biology, microbiology, medical terminology to the performance of operative procedures and the work of the Surgical Technologist. Classroom instruction and an onsite operating room exposure introduce the student to the working environment and role of this important member of the surgical team.

Admissions Procedure

For detailed admissions information, go to the Surgical Technology Program Admissions Procedures webpage. To learn more about program expectations and registration procedure, please attend one of the following information sessions. No reservation is needed. Free parking on the KCC campus.

  • December 8th, 2016, Thursday, 4:00pm-5:30pm – Kauila Building, Room 109
  • February, 9th, 2017, Thursday, 4:00pm to 5:30pm – Kauila Building, Room 109
  • April, 6th, 2017, Thursday, 4:00pm to 5:30pm – Kauila Building, Room 109

Degree and Certificate Programs

The Surgical Technology Program offers a Certificate of Competence and includes five phases with each phase consisting of up to 175 hours of classroom instruction, lab and clinical practicum.

  • Certificate of Competence – Surgical Technology I (175 hours)
  • Certificate of Competence – Surgical Technology II (175 hours)
  • Certificate of Competence – Surgical Technology III (175 hours)
  • Certificate of Competence – Surgical Technology IV (175 hours)
  • Certificate of Competence – Surgical Technology V (130 hours)


Prior to graduating from the Surgical Technology Program, the student will complete a national certification exam before the end of the fifth and final phase of the KCC Surgical Technology program in order to become a certified surgical technologist. The national certification exam is administered via the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

In preparation for the national certification exam, students will purchase a national certification exam bundle that includes an exam study guide, the exam application materials and membership into the Association of Surgical Technologists. As part of the exam application, students will also be required to provide a photo of themselves similar to a passport photo. For additional information on the national certification exam as administered by the NBSTSA, please see the NBSTSA website.

After acquiring certification status, surgical technologists may become members of the Association for Surgical Technologist (AST). More information can be obtained via the AST website.

Qualities Needed

The work of the surgical technologist includes long hours of standing, wearing full surgical garb, lifting, and turning to reach instruments and equipment or to assist the patient. The environment can be stressful and fast-paced. Surgical Technologists must be attentive to detail and thorough in completing work tasks. The position requires an individual to possess the ability to deal with criticism as well as react calmly and effectively to high-stress situations. Team work is a high priority. Many agencies also require a criminal background check and urine drug screening.

Contact Information

  • Counselor:
  • Health Education Non-Credit (HENC): Kauila 122, 808-734-9137

Download forms & documents at the Surgical Technology Program Toolbox.

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Surgical Student Lim KCC Student

The education I received in the Surgical Technology Program at KCC gave me the edge I needed to succeed in the Medical Technology field. Thanks!


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