Surgical Technology

The Surgical Technology program is offered at the East Central College Rolla Main campus located at the Rolla Technical Center.  Surgical Technology is a one-plus-one-degree program which prepares students to practice as a surgical technologists (ST). Upon graduation, students will receive their Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology and will be eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to obtain certification. Surgical Technologist work in a variety of settings including hospital surgery units, surgical centers, labor and delivery, dentists/oral surgeons offices, veterinary offices, travel companies, and central sterile supply units.

Students will learn using state of the art equipment in the surgical suite simulation lab and classroom that they will then apply in clinical externship.  Surgical Technologists are vital members of the surgical team. Students will learn concepts of aseptic technique, instrumentation, surgical procedures, and patient care. Additionally, students learn to anticipate the needs of the surgeon and assist the surgeon throughout the procedure.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Certifying Examination offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

In full transparency, ECC is actively seeking a change of sponsorship from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), and the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA).  Rolla Public Schools wish to focus their programming on secondary (high school) offerings at this time. This will allow ECC to become the fiscal agent for the program and be the sole grantor of the degree beginning August 1, 2022. With the change in sponsorship, ECC is committed to the integrity of the program from curriculum, to faculty and program operations as well as current and ongoing accreditation standards. The program will remain in our Rolla service region and continue to utilize space at RTI/C. Our collective goal is to prevent any interruption in the program and program start date.

The Surgical Technology program at East Central College meets the state education requirements for employment in the state of Missouri.  East Central College has not determined if the Surgical Technology program meets the education requirements for employment in any other state, U.S. territory, of the District of Columbia.  ECC graduates sit for the National Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam.  The CST is recognized nationally but is not required for employment in Missouri.

Additional Information & Helpful Links:

Professional Organizations:

The Surgical Technology Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon recommendation of the ARC-STSA Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 – 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120

To enter this course of study, students must meet these institution and program-specific criteria:

  • High school diploma or the equivalent
    (documentation must be sent to the registration office)
  • Application for admission to ECC
  • A placement test as specified by the college
    (some coursework requires minimum placement results)
  • Cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • TEAS Admission Test taken in the last two years with a minimum composite score of 50%
  • Completion of prerequisites with a “C” or better
  • 8 Hours of Job Shadowing
  • Satisfactory criminal background check and
    drug screening once accepted to the programmer

Surgical Technology Test


Job Shadowing Resources for Applicants

Mercy Washington
2019 Shadowing Package

Missouri Baptist Sullivan
Heather Sluis, MSN, RN
Clinical Educator/Clinical Supervisor of Training & Development
573-468-4186 x 1827

Phelps Health
Mid-Missouri Area Health Education Centers

Additional Information & Links: 

Julie Beck
Program Assistant for Allied Health
Health Science Building – Suite 105
1964 Prairie Dell Road
Union, MO 63084

Nancy Mitchell, MSN, RN
Dean of Health Sciences
Office: HS 108

Program Contact: For additional information, please contact any of the following individuals:

Career Opportunities

Surgical Technologists are vital members of the surgical team. Surgical technologists work under the supervision and delegatory authority of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive and non-invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical technologists are experts in the theory and application of the principles of asepsis and sterile technique to combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation and tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.’(AST)

Employment Opportunities and Salary Ranges:

The surgical technology profession is experiencing faster-than-average job growth. Employment for surgical technologists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Individual salaries vary by geographic location, amount of education and experience, and the type and size of the employer. On average, a surgical technologist will start with an annual salary of $33,000-$39,000 ($16.00-$19.00 hourly). For more information about a career in surgical technology please refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Surgical technologists find opportunities in several areas:

  • Hospital surgery units
  • Outpatient surgical centers
  • Labor and delivery
  • Dentists/oral surgeons offices
  • Veterinary offices
  • Travel companies
  • Central sterile supply units