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Surgical Technology

Support doctors and other medical professionals as a Surgical Technologist. You'll learn to prepare for and assist during surgeries as part of a healthcare team.

What is Surgical Technology?

Do you want a Career on the Cutting Edge of Healthcare?

Surgical technologists work in allied health. They are health professionals -- integral team members of medical practitioners. They provide surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. As a surgical technologist, you'll ensure surgeries are safe and effective.

You'll work with a surgeon and make sure that: 

  • The operating room environment is safe
  • Equipment functions the right way
  • Patients come out of their operation safe and sound

Surgical Technology may be your Future!

A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic techniques and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. 

This program provides clinical experience built upon classroom instruction in the basic sciences, patient care, aseptic techniques and surgical procedures. Students enrolled in the Surgical Technology Program are required to achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each course.


This Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)/ Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting and graduates are eligible to take the certifying examination offered by the National Board on Certification for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Additional Information


The mission of the Surgical Technologist program is to train the student as an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in operating room procedures.

This mission statement is reviewed twice annually by the Surgical Technology advisory committee. Recommendations for change are recorded in the advisory committee minutes and changes are reflected in any printed material after revision.


The objectives of the Surgical Technologist program are as follows:

  • Provide current curriculum, instructional materials, and equipment which are used to teach knowledge (cognitive), skills (psychomotor) and attitudes (affective) appropriate to the needs of the industry for an entry level Surgical Technologist.
  • Provide educational facilities which foster learning and provide safe, healthy environment available and accessible to all students who can benefit from the program.
  • Provide academic instruction which supports effective learning within the program and which enhances professional performance on the job.
  • Provide workplace readiness skills which foster appropriate working attitudes working habits and problem-solving skills that will enable graduates of the program to perform as good employees.
  • Nurture the desire for learning so graduates will pursue their own continuing education as a lifelong endeavor.
  • Provide an educational atmosphere which promotes a positive self-image and a sense of personal well-being.
  • Provide education that fosters development and application of good safety habits.
  • Provide admission, educational and placement services without regard to race, color, creed, ethnic or national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, academic disadvantage, or economic disadvantage.
  • Provide information to the public regarding the program that will facilitate recruitment and enrollment of students.
  • Promote good public relations via contacts and regular communications with business, industry, and the public sector.
  • Promote faculty and student rapport and communications to enhance student success in the program.
  • Prepare students to successfully pass the National Surgical Technologist certifying examination.

Pre-Admission Conferences

Each student must attend a Surgical Technology Pre-Admission Conference and obtain a verification form with the signature of the presenter to complete the packet for selective admissions. You must attend a preadmission conference the year you are applying; however, we suggest attending one prior to the application year so that you know the requirements of the program.

Please note the pre-admission conferences are only offered once in the fall and once in the spring semesters, so plan accordingly.

View Pre-Admission Conference Schedule


Selective Admissions Information

The application deadline is May 1st each year for Admission to the Fall Cohort; October 1st of each year for Admission to the Spring Cohort!

Before completing your application it is recommended you meet with Kevin Craycraft and Rebekah Travis.

The nature of the selection process for any Selective Admissions program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College is a competitive process. All applicants meeting the appropriate academic requirements shall be considered equally for admission regardless of economic or social status, race, color, religion, sex, marital status, beliefs, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability.

The Surgical Technology program is a selective admission health program. The purpose of the selective admissions process is to create a ranking system that allows us to identify students who are most likely to succeed in Surgical Technology Program. This system has been adopted to increase pass rates, meet accreditation standards, eliminate waiting list and to promote student success. This ranking will be used to create a priority admissions list, not an exclusion list. Therefore, all students are eligible to apply to the Surgical Technology program and be ranked by the selective admission criteria.

All expenses are approximate cost.

Proposed Expenses: 2023-2024 school year

Estimated expenses/ Subject to change, revised November 2023

Items Approximate Cost Approximate Totals
Tuition (based on AAS 75 credit hours at 169.00/in state resident) $13,783 $13,783
Program Tuition (based on 35 hours) included above $6,2645 $6,265
Textbooks/instruments $370.00 $370.00
Cap and Gown for graduation $35.00 $35.00
BCTC Name Tag $8.00 $8.00
Scrubs Set (pants and shirts) Price will be based on Volume. Recommend at least 3 sets $25.00 $25.00
UK Parking (depends on rotations at UKMC) $9.00 per week $200 $200
Association of Surgical Technologist membership fees plus exam bundle cost (Gold package: membership, study guide and CST exam) $255.00 $255.00
Immunizations injections/titer Varies based on location of treatment Varies based on location of treatment
Clinical Compliant tracking such as CPR, Insurance, Background check, drug screen and document management (Random drug screen $37) $100.00 $100.00
Trajecsys Clinical Attendance and Case Tracking $100 $100
Total Program without Tuition   $1,053   $1,053
Total with program tuition only  $7,318  $7,318
Total   $21,101.00

Accreditation and Association Information

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) will act upon the recommendation from the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA) and students receiving a Degree will eligible to sit for the Surgical Technologist Certifying Exam to receive certification from The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA) is the accrediting body for Surgical Technology programs nationwide.

The mission of the ARC-STSA is to provide recognition for the quality of the education programs in its system to the public. The ARC/STSA is the only CAAHEP-recognized Committee on Accreditation for education programs in surgical technology and surgical assisting.

You can learn about the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) from their website.

AST collaborates with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) to set standards for education, such as the associate degree as the preferred level of entry into the profession.

AST partners with the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) on behalf of the CST and CSFA credentials.

AST provides lobbying support at the state and national levels to advocate for legislative recognition of graduation from an accredited program in surgical technology and holding/maintaining the Certified Surgical Technologist credential as a condition of employment, and for similar regulation of, and reimbursement for, non-physician surgical assistants.

AST provides continuing education opportunities to advance the knowledge and skills base of practicing surgical technologists and surgical assistants through a national Journal and an annual conference.

AST offers national recognition through National Surgical Technologist Week, a week that has been specifically designated to celebrate and honor the professions. It began by a resolution adopted by the AST Board of Directors in 1984.

AST provides a brochure entitled Certified Surgical Technologists Are Vital Members of the Operating Room Team. It describes the surgical technologist in sterile and non-sterile roles, as well as how they participate in case management. In addition, this brochure discusses the role of AST and the importance of accreditation and certification.

As part of being an accredited program thru Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting All accredited programs must publish the ARC/STSA approved Outcomes Assessment Exam (OAE) pass-rate from the program's Annual Report.

Year Pass rate # of students passed/ total # students

Reporting Year

8/1/2023- 7/31/2024


Class of 12_2023: 4/4 = 100%

Class of 6_2024: pending



Reporting Year

8/1/2022- 7/31/2023


Class of 12_2022: 8/11 = 73%

Class of 6_2023: 7/10 = 70%

Total: 15/21 = 71%


Reporting Year

8/1/2021- 7/31/2022


Class of 12_2021: 9/11 = 81%

Class of 6_2022: 8/14 = 57%

Total: 17/25 = 68%


Reporting Year

8/1/2020- 7/31/2021


Class of 12_2020: 1/4 = 25%

Class of 6_2021: 13/20 = 65%

Total: 14/24 = 58%


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What are my career Choices?

The catalog describes the course requirements for completing the credential. Students are required to schedule an appointment with their assigned academic advisor to ensure achievement of their academic goals.

Bluegrass Occupational Outlook

Surgical Technology Career Median Annual Salary*
Surgical Technology Bridge Program $38,938
Surgical Technologist $38,938
Surgical Technology $38,938 (Note: BCTC only offers the AAS)
Surgical First Assisting $46,486
#24 among the Top 50 Fastest Growing Bluegrass Occupations

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

A program plan describes the degree requirements (courses) and the sequence for completing the courses. Students are required to schedule an appointment with their assigned academic advisor to ensure achievement of their academic goals.

Length of Program

You can complete the Surgical Technology program in two semesters and a four-week summer session following completion of prerequisites.

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Program Contacts

Kevin Craycraft CST, FAST
Surgical Technology 
Program Director 
(859) 246-6615

Rebekah Travis, CST, FAST
Surgical Technology 
Clinical Coordinator
(859) 246-6898

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