Surgical technologists are an integral part of the surgical team, assisting surgeons, anesthesiologists and registered nurses in providing care to patients in the operating room. The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual ensures that the operating room or environment is safe, that equipment functions properly and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

The Cisco College Surgical Technology Program is a one-year certificate program beginning in the fall semester of each year. The program includes hours of clinical observation and experience in the operating room as well as lecture and laboratory classes. After successful completion of the required curriculum, students earn a certificate. Students interested in the program should be in good physical and mental condition, be able to perform under stress and possess manual dexterity.

Application Procedure

The Surgical Technology Program is a limited access program with one start per year in August. To be considered for admission to the Surgical Technology program, interested persons should:

  1. Apply to Cisco College
  2. Complete Surgical Technology Application and Application Letter (Available January 1 through JULY 1 of each year)
    1. As part of the Surgical Technology Application you are required to provide the Surgical Technology Program Director with a copy of your immunization record containing proof (titer, immunization or physician's documentation of illness) of the following immunizations and a negative Tuberculin skin test:
      1. Varicella
      2. Bacterial Meningitis
      3. Tetanus-Diphtheria
      4. Hepatitis B (2 of the 3 doses must be administered prior to the program start. The 3rd dose must be administered prior to clinical start in the Fall semester)
      5. MMR - x2
      6. Tuberculin skin test
    2. Many clinical sites utilized throughout the various Health Sciences Programs at Cisco College require a background check and/or drug screen prior to participation in the clinical portion of the program.
    3. Applications are due by JULY1st.


Selection Criteria

  • GPA no less than 2.0
  • Biographical essay discussing why you want to become a Surgical Technologist
  • Completion of pre-requisite courses (BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I & BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II) with a grade of "C" or better or current enrollment and satisfactory progress.
  • Any additional academic, occupation/health sciences, or science related courses taken and passed with a "C" or better are viewed favorably
  • Formal interview with a panel, including but not limited to the Program Director, Division Chair, and other health science professionals.

The Surgical Technology Program is a strenuous program requiring your full time commitment and attention. It is a limited access program and accepts no more than 10 students; as a result, the selection process is taken very seriously.


BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II

Must attain a grade of "C" or better or show proof of current enrollment and satisfactory progress.

About this Program

Degrees & Certifications Program Length
Associate of Applied Science Degree Four Semesters
Surgical Technician Level I Certificate Four Semesters

What Can This Program Do For You

  • Potential Career Paths
    • Surgical Technologist
    • Surgeon's Assistant
  • Salary Information

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  • Courses

    The Surgical Technology program is a 12 month Health Sciences program beginning in the Fall semester of each year. Below is the suggested pathway for full-time prospective students looking to receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology.

    *Developmental Courses: Some students may need preparatory courses in English, Reading, or Math. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a certificate or degree.

    Surgical Technology Level I Certificate Plan

    Pre-RequisitesFirst Semester (Fall)
    MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology*3HPRS 2200 Pharmacology for Health2
    BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I*4SRGT 1405 Intro to Surgical Tech4
    BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II*
    4SRGT 1409 Fund of Aseptic Technique

    SRGT 1260 Clinical I
    *Completed with a minimum grade of "C"
    Second Semester (Spring)
    Third Semester (Summer)
    SRGT 1541 Surgical Procedures I5Professional Readiness
    SRGT 1542Surgical Procedures II
    5Clinical III
    SRGT 2260 Clinical II


    Associate of Applied Science Degree

    In order to obtain an A.A.S Degree, the above Certificate Plan must be completed in addition to the following courses:

    ENGL 1301 Composition I3
    MATH 1322 or MATH 1314
    BIOL 2421 Microbiology
    GOVT 2306 Texas Government
    Humanties/Fine Arts Elective
    SPCH 1321Business & Prof Speech
    PSYC 2314 or SOCI 1301
  • Certification

    Students who successfully complete the Surgical Technology Program at Cisco College are eligible to sit for the certification exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

    2013 - 2014 100% certification rate

    2014 - 2015 100% certification rate

    2015 - 2016 100% certification rate

    2017 - 2018 60% certification rate

  • Additional Resources
  • Student Success Outcomes

    Outcomes Assessment Exam

    Annual Reporting YearAcademic Year# of Students Graduated# of Students Who Took CST Exam# of Students Who Passed CST Exam*% of Students who Passed CST Exam*
    20188/1/2016 - 7/31/201755360%
    20178/1/2015 - 7/1/2016222100%
    20168/1/2014 - 7/1/2015555100%
    20158/1/2013 - 7/1/2014
    *CST Exam Pass Rate = 70%

Meet the Faculty

Jennifer Mazey

Surgical Technology Professor
Abilene Campus
(325) 794-4436

Curriculum Vitae