Surgical Technology

As a surgical technologist, you'll be an essential member of an operating room team. Your role will include preparing the operating room and passing instruments to the surgeon. This job requires a high degree of skill — and we'll help you get the experience and knowledge you need.

Front Range Community College's Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) in surgical technology will get you ready to work in this high-pressure environment in two years. You'll receive hands-on training with our expert faculty. See how FRCC can help you start this in-demand career.

Why Study Surgical Technology at Front Range Community College?

To become a surgical technologist, you need skillful teachers and real-world experience. With FRCC's surgical technology program, you'll get the best of both and graduate in just two years.

The AAS in surgical technology is a cohort-based program. Each cohort or class is limited to 13 students, which means you'll get direct attention from your professors. You'll learn efficiently in these small class sizes and never be left behind.

You'll also complete a clinical rotation during your final semester. During this time, you will spend time in the operating room developing your skills. Your rotations will give you valuable on-the-job experience.

Our AAS in surgical technology will prepare you to find a job in the operating room in two years. Our graduates pass the national board exam with a 94% pass rate, and our job placement rate is 94%.

Degree Details

AAS in Surgical Technology

Program Locations: Westminster

Total Credits: 60 credits (4 semesters)

Learn how to provide patient care during all phases of surgery. In our two-year program, you'll learn the duties and skills of a surgical technician:

  • Preparing operating rooms
  • Organizing and counting instruments
  • Passing instruments and sterile supplies to surgeons and assistants
  • Assisting with the surgical process
  • Providing patient care before, during and after surgery

Through your work, you'll create optimal results for patients in surgery. Upon program completion, you will be able to take the National Board of Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) certification exam. When you pass, you will be a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

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Careers & Outcomes

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View Our Information Session

You can start the Surgical Technology program in Fall, Spring or Summer semester. Learn more about our Surgical Technology Program by listening to the Info Session PowerPoint. This presentation will give you an overview of the program as well as next steps, including how to sign up for a mandatory program orientation.

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Program Accreditation

Front Range Community College Surgical Technology Program has been granted accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council for Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting ( which will allow students who successfully complete the program to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) certification and have the credential of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Students enrolling or continuing at Front Range Community College (FRCC) have a right to certain information that the college must provide. As a student applying for or attending the Surgical Technology (STE) Program, you have the right to know it meets the certification criteria for Colorado. The degree may count toward licensing or certification in states other than Colorado. If you are planning to seek work outside of Colorado, it is strongly recommended that you contact that State's certifying or licensing entity for guidance before you begin this program. State-by-state information is available on the Association of Surgical Technologists site.

This program meets the applicable state prerequisites for licensure or certification in Colorado as listed below:

The National Certification is not required to work in the state of Colorado. However, some healthcare facilities require a Surgical Technologist to hold their National Certification. FRCC has not determined if the Surgical Technology (STE) Program meets applicable state prerequisites for licensure or certification in states other than Colorado. These states include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and U.S. Territories: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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