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Surgical Technologist

  • Technical Diploma - One Year
  • Program Code: 31-512-1
  • Eligible for Financial Aid

If you'd like to be part of a surgical team in an operating room, the Surgical Technologist Program could be for you. This career area needs professionals who are:

  • able to maintain the fast pace of the environment.
  • willing and able to report for duty when on call.
  • physically able to transfer patients.
  • able to work standing for long periods of time.
  • able to maintain confidentiality.
  • able to respond quickly and accurately in times of stress.

You will be a part of a surgical team before, during, and after procedures:

  • Gather supplies and equipment
  • Open sterile supplies
  • Scrub, gown, and glove before procedures
  • Organize sterile supplies and equipment
  • Assist surgeon and assistant don gown and gloves
  • Assist with draping the patient
  • Pass instruments and assist with procedures
  • Clean up OR suite and transfer patients

The Surgical Technologist Program includes classroom and clinical practice. Clinical sites include facilities in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. You are responsible for your own transportation to clinical sites.

Job Opportunities are best for technologists who are certified. When you complete this program, you will be awarded a diploma as a Surgical Technologist and will take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting national certification exam. Upon successful completion of this test, you can use the title Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

This Surgical Technologist Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs,, upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education is Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting,

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 35
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or
  • Complete a Wisconsin Criminal Background Check and Background Information Disclosure Form through A $34 background check fee will be required at the time of your order. View Order Instructions.

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 80 (required for admission)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 45 (required for admission)
ACT Reading: 19 (required for admission)
ACT Math: 18 (required for admission)

Phase Two

Students whose COMPASS® scores do not meet the minimum levels should meet with an academic advisor to develop a Remediation Plan which may include taking specific coursework.

Submit proof through a transcript that you have received a grade of C or better in the course(s) below: Two semesters at high school level with a "C" grade or better each semester (high school transcript) OR One semester at postsecondary level with "C" grade or better (college transcript).

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Obtain and maintain current CPR certification by the American Heart Association (Healthcare Provider level) or the American Red Cross (Professional Rescuer level). Proof must be verified with a current CPR card. Class rosters, letters from instructors or employers, and on-line course certification are not acceptable.

Phase Three: Core Course Eligibility

Once you have successfully completed Phase One and Two you will either be accepted into your program, or placed on a waiting list if your program is full.

Applicants in the process of satisfying COMPASS® minimums and completing academic prerequisites coursework must submit a Core Course Eligibility Form (CCE Form) to the Admissions Office after all coursework is completed and grades have been processed.

Additional Requirements

A pre-entrance health history and physical examination must be on file three weeks prior to entering the core courses of this program. The Admissions Office will notify you at the appropriate time with a specified deadline.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.

Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.