Surgical Technology Certificate Program
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 Fall 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Principles of Psychology PSY101 Fall 3 ESL098 and RDG095 or placement
Human Biology/Lab BIO108 Fall 4 ENG095 and MAT093 and RDG095 or placement
Surgical Technology I SGT105 Fall 5 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Human Growth/Development PSY213 Spring 3 PSY101
Surgical Technology II SGT106 Spring 8 BIO108 and SGT105
Surgical Technology III SGT107 Summer 3 SGT106
Total Credits 29

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This program is offered on the Chelsea Campus.

Students must maintain a grade of C or better in all surgical technology courses. Applicants to this program are required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check.

Admission to the surgical technology program does not guarantee clinical placement. The outcome of the CORI check may impact the student’s ability to participate in the clinical experience. For further information, see the Department chair.

Admission Requirements:

Students must apply to the program through Admissions and Enrollment Services and:

  1. Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate. 
  2. Attend an information session.
  3. Complete Writing Skills II (ENG095) with a grade of C or better or place into College Writing I (ENG111). 
  4. Complete Foundations of Mathematics (MAT093) with a grade of C or better or place above Fundamentals of Mathematics (MAT093) on the college placement test.
  5. Complete the college placement tests in reading, math, and English (10th grade reading level preferred).

When they have completed the admission requirements, qualified applicants will be invited for an interview.

Program Overview

Through classroom teaching, lab observation and practice, and clinical experience, this full-time, 11-month certificate program prepares students to work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel to deliver patient care in the operating room. The program prepares students to handle the instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure; to understand the procedures being performed and anticipate the needs of the surgeon; to have the necessary knowledge and ability to provide quality patient care during the operative procedure and to maintain sterile technique. Students spend two days per week in area hospitals during spring semester and work full-time during June and July.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Surgical Technology Certificate Program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program qualify for surgical technologist positions in hospitals. The prospect for jobs is very good at the present time as the cost of health care rises. Graduates of the program qualify to take the certification exam after a few months of on-the-job experience.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.bhcc.mass. edu/certificate-programs.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Assist the operative team during the pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative phases of surgery. 
  • Prepare equipment and supplies for use during surgery.
  • Function as “first scrub” on most surgical procedures.