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Surgical Technology

Health Science career cluster

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Cal Quigley

Cassie Ardry

Role of the Surgical Technologist

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Watch Surgical Technologists (link will open in a new window) from CareerOneStop.

What do they do?

The surgical technologist helps surgeons, anesthesiologists and registered nurses care for patients in the operating room. Duties include:

  • Setting up the back table
  • Gathering the instruments, equipment and supplies needed for each surgical procedure
  • Maintaining the sterile field and passing instruments to the surgeon
  • Assisting the surgeon during the surgical procedure–when asked
  • Taking all the used equipment and instruments to decontamination at the end of the procedure

For more details, see Surgical Technology from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Our Mission

To prepare graduates who are excellent and ethical surgical technologists with qualities needed to provide exceptional compassionate and caring patient care.

Program Data

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Exam Pass Rate

From the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA)

  • 2015: 91%
  • 2016: 88%
  • 2017: 100% (students in program from August 1, 2015–July 31, 2016)
  • 2018: 95%

Student Retention Rate

  • 2014: 77%
  • 2015: 77%
  • 2016: 87%
  • 2017: 71%


Our Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756. Telephone: 727-210-2350.



Program Director

Cindy Mask

Trinity River Campus

Career & Technical Education Academic Advisors

Cal Quigley
TRCF 2101A

Cassie Ardry
TRCF 2101A

First-Time-in-College Success Coach

Chelsea Smithley
TRCF 2101A

Updated November 15, 2018