Surgical Technology Program

Fall 2017 Surgical Technology

Program begins on August 21, 2017

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

  • 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

Program Admission

Download the Application and Qualification Grid here.

Complete applications are accepted between May 1st and June 1st. If either of these dates falls on a weekend, the application cycle will open the Monday following May 1st and will close the Monday following June 1st. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

A complete application should contain the following:

  1. Completed Surgical Technology form
  2. Completed Qualification Grid
  3. Official Transcripts for evidence of course completion and grade

Applicants must 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 except English must be completed within the last five years from the application deadline.

Applicants are selected on a best qualified, first accepted basis.  Upon notification of acceptance, students must fulfill a series of health requirements and attend an orientation session in August prior to the start of the program in late August.

Registration Procedure

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


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 if cancellation is made less than five business days prior to the start date of the program. Student Liability Insurance ($15) is non-refundable.

Financial Aid

Federal financial aid is not available for this program. However, there is the Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan for continuing education students. Other options for financial assistance can be found through various community-based employment and training programs, military spouse benefits (MyCAA), as well as traditional bank and credit union loans. 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. Students will also be required to purchase Student Liability Insurance ($15), which covers the student for the entire duration of the program.

For more information, please see the Student Handbook.

Learning Outcomes

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, 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 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 screen.

Please see the Technical Standards.

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 Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting certification exam (NBSTSA). For additional information on the national certification exam as administered by the NBSTSA, please see the NBSTSA website.  All surgical technologists may become members of the Association for Surgical Technologist (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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