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Important update about the program:
The Surgical Technology (ST) Program certificate option is being discontinued due to recent changes in accreditation. ST Program curriculum change was finalized November 2021. Students will need to complete associate degree program prerequisites and general education requirements prior to applying for the Fall of 2022 (scroll down the page for a list of program prerequisites and other requirements). Check back often for additional updates.

Operate Your Future

The Surgical Technology Program prepares the student to function in the operating room under the direct supervision of physicians and nurses. Surgical Technologists assist the surgeons during surgical procedures. Most work settings are in hospital operating rooms, emergency rooms and out-patient surgical clinics. The program is designed to prepare competent entry-level Surgical Technologist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Salaries in the San Diego area range from $42,000 to $52,000 per year to start.

The Surgical Technology Program is three semesters: fall, spring and summer. Prospective students may apply for the program after completing the prerequisite courses listed below. 

The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

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Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate the ability to articulate professionally and competently in perioperative setting.
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate the ability to analyze patient data related to their surgical condition and adjust the patient’s intraoperative plan of care according to the findings.
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will analyze, compute and adjust operative equipment and instrument settings for the surgical patient in the perioperative setting.
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate collegiality and appropriate communication techniques when working with diverse healthcare providers and patients in the perioperative setting.
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate critical thinking skills and differentiation in provision of intraoperative care for patients from various cultural backgrounds.

Prerequisite Courses & Other Requirements

Updated 12/2021

Class Course Number Units
Human Anatomy  BIOL 260  4 with lab
Medical Terminology MEDOP 230 3
Microbiology  BIOL 265 4 with lab
Intermediate Algebra I (or equivalent)  MATH 60 4
College Composition (or equivalent)  ENGL 115 4
Interpersonal Communication COMM 174 3
General Psychology PSYC 101 3
One "Humanities GE" course from (GE-C)    

Admission Procedures

The Surgical Technology Program accepts 20 students every fall semester. After completing program prerequisites and other requirements, you may submit your application packet. A complete application packet includes a physical exam and immunization forms. 

The application filing period is:
Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at 8 am through Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at 4 pm.
Class begins Fall of 2023

· Download the Surgical Technology Program Checklist (PDF) and Physical Exam and Immunization forms (PDF).
· Review the checklist for full details on all that is needed to apply.
· The physical exam and immunization forms must be filled out to be considered for the program. This is a clinical placement requirement.

Letters of acceptance will be emailed to SWC email accounts after the application deadline and after all applications have been reviewed. Notifications will not be sent to personal email accounts.

ST Program applications will be submitted online. 
Link to Online ST Application is found below.
Do not mail-in a paper application packet.


The cost of the Surgical Technology Program is approximately $2,900 - $3,060 (cost is subject to change). The greatest direct expense is at the beginning of the first semester. Textbooks, enrollment fees, material fees, malpractice insurance and uniforms are the major cost items. Eligibility for financial aid can help offset the cost.

Program Class Schedule

View Surgical Technology Program Class Schedule (PDF)

Application Documents & Instructions

Use the checklist (PDF) as a guide to help you prepare and gather all documents and materials needed when applying for the program. 

Download, print and fill out the physical exam and immunization forms (pages 1-7). Pages 1-2 are filled out by you. Your healthcare provider/doctor will fill out pages 3-4 (physical exam) and pages 5-7 (immunizations, TB test results, and flu shot form). Scan your completed forms (pages 1-7 filled out); and a copy of your immunization records and/or titers (lab work), including flu shot, proof of CoVid-19 vaccine and TB test results.

Give yourself and your doctor/healthcare provider ample time to complete the physical exam and immunization forms.

Update related to CoVid-19 vaccine: As of September 30, 2021, all major Healthcare Systems in San Diego County require students and faculty to be fully vaccinated for CoVid-19. Applicants to any Nursing and Health Occupations (ADN, VN-Step-up, VN, CNA, Acute Care CNA, Surgical Technology, Central Service Technician, and Operating Room Nurse) programs will be required to submit proof of vaccine status at time of application.

Once you are ready to apply, you will upload the required documents and forms as attachments when you complete the online ST application using the button below.

Online ST Application

IMPORTANT: You must be logged in with your MySWC Account to apply. If you're having difficulty, go to to completely logout of all of your G Suite accounts, then try logging in with your MySWC.

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