Surgical Technology Program

Fall 2018 Surgical Technology Program begins on August 20, 2018

Program Description

Surgical Technology is a five phase program which prepares the student for the Surgical Technology profession. It introduces and trains students in the performance of operative procedures and the work of the surgical technologist. Classroom instruction and actual operating room exposure introduce the student to the working environment and role of this important member of the surgical team. Surgical technologists master knowledge and skills required when setting up the operating room and when working in surgical procedures. In addition, surgical technologists develop strong attention to detail as well as communication and teamwork skills.

The Kapi‘olani Community College’s Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). It is designed to prepare students as members of the surgical team and to sit for the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technology via the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). A Certificate of Competence will be awarded to students who successfully complete the program.

Surgical Technologists are employed at hospitals and surgery centers in the operating room. Wages range from $18.00 to $30.00 per hour and may increase based on experience. To learn more about the program, please attend one of the following information sessions on campus:

October 19, 2017 Thursday 4:00 – 5:30pm Kauila 109
December 7, 2017 Thursday 4:00 – 5:30pm Kauila 109

Program Application

Applications are accepted between May 1st and June 1st. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications may be downloaded here.

Applicants must also submit official transcripts showing credit-based courses in English, human anatomy and physiology, microbiology and medical terminology completed with a grade of C or better. All science courses must be completed within five years of application.

Program Acceptance

Applicants are selected on a best qualified, first accepted basis.  Upon notification of acceptance, students will receive information regarding the registration process, health requirements and mandatory campus and hospital orientation sessions prior to the start of the program in August. The Qualification Grid describes how pre-requisite courses are evaluated and how applicants are ranked and selected. Download the Qualification Grid here.

Registration Procedure

After submitting an application and receiving a notification of acceptance, students receive additional information regarding the registration process.

REFUNDS:  A 100% refund is given for cancellations made on or before 10 business days prior to the start of class.  A 50% refund is given for cancellations made within 5 to 9 business days prior to the start of class.  No refunds will be given without the 5-business day notice.

Financial Aid

Federal loans such as through FAFSA will not be eligible for this non-credit program. Alternative or Private loans are another option to consider for financing education. Alternative/Private loans are designed to help students with educational expenses that exceed other financial aid such as grants, scholarships, work-study and federal loans. FAFSA is not required. Alternative loans are credit based; therefore, a co-signer may be needed.

For detailed information regarding Alternative Student Loans, please contact your lender or financial institution directly.

Other options for financial assistance can be found through various community-based employment and training programs as well as military spouse benefits.  Please contact the respective agencies for details.

Curriculum & Tuition

The two-semester program is taught in five phases. Each phase consists of up to 175 hours of classroom instruction, lab and clinical practicum. The program runs from August to May. Tuition for each phase of the program is $2100. Additional expenses such as books, uniforms, clinic site parking and exam fees will be incurred. The tuition is paid phase by phase. Successful completion of each phase is required to progress to the next phase.

For more information, download the Student Handbook here.

Student Health Checklist

Download the Student Health Checklist here.

Learning Outcomes & Learner Qualities

The Surgical Technology Program utilizes classroom, laboratory and onsite experiences to prepare students as surgical technologists. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Function as a beginning surgical technologist, demonstrating teamwork and a good surgical conscience at all times.
  • Apply knowledge of the relevant anatomy, indications for surgery, patient preparation, special equipment and supplies, purpose and expected outcome, and possible complications.
  • Identify developing emergency situations, initiate appropriate action, and assist in treatment of the patient.

The work of the surgical technologist includes long hours of standing, wearing full surgical garb, organizing and passing instruments and equipment or assisting 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. Teamwork is a high priority. Many agencies also require a criminal background check and urine drug screening.

Download the Technical Standards here.

Degree & Certifications

Upon completion of all 5 phases, students will earn a Certificate of Competence from Kapi‘olani Community College. Prior to graduating, the student will complete the National Certification Exam given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). For additional information on the National Certification Exam, please see the NBSTSA website. With payment for this exam, students will receive a one year membership in the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST). More information can be obtained via the AST website.

Program Outcomes & Accreditation Agency

Surgical Technology Program

Program Outcomes

Outcomes Assessment Exam

Certified Surgical Technologist Exam Pass Rate:

Semester/Year Fall 2014 Fall 2015 Fall 2016
Pass Rate 67% 67% 100%


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 Phone: 727-210-2350 FAX: 727-210-2354

For general questions, please contact:


Contact Information


Andres Y. Gonzalez

Martin Chong

Kapi‘olani Community College
Health Education Non-Credit (HENC), Kauila 122

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