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5 PCC students in scrubs in surgical technology program

Surgical Technology

The high-demand, well-paying field of surgical technologist needs professionals who are detail-oriented, honest, strong communicators and listeners, resilient, dexterous and with physical stamina. They are an integral part of the surgical team throughout an operation.

They prepare sterile solutions and medications used in surgery, check that all surgical equipment is working properly and set up the equipment and surgical instruments. They also prepare patients for surgery and help the surgical team put on sterile gowns and gloves. During an operation, surgical technologists pass instruments and supplies to surgeons and surgical first assistants, and also may hold retractors or internal organs during the procedure.

Upon completing a PCC Surgical Technology program students are eligible to take national exams. Surgical technologists generally work full-time in hospitals, surgery centers or for a specific physician or surgeon. They can work a variety of types of surgery, but often develop specialties.

Accreditation: This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Anthony Soto
“PCC has made a big difference in my life. After all of my training, I don’t have a ton of debt, just minimal student loans…you get to your goals without the university costs.”
Anthony Soto
Surgical Technology student

List of Degrees

AAS - Associate of Applied Science

List of Certificates


Desert Vista

Contact Information

Division of Critical Care
Dean:  520.206.6661
Program Director:  520.206.5225

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