Surgical Technology

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. 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 pre-requisite courses listed below. A point system grid will be used to consider admission into the program.

Program Outcomes

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Required Prerequisite Courses

Class Course Number Units GPA
Human Anatomy or Human Anatomy/Physiology Bio 260 or Bio 190 4 w/ lab 2.5
Medical Terminology Medop 230 3 2.5

Admission Procedures

The Program accepts 20 students every fall semester. All applications must be submitted in person or via U.S. mail. To be considered for the Surgical Technology Program, a complete application packet must be submitted during the application period (listed below). A complete application packet includes the physical exam and immunization forms. Review the Application Checklist which accompanies the application to ensure you have all of the required materials (Click the Surgial Technology Application link below).

If you are interested in obtaining an Associate in Science Degree for this program, it is suggested you schedule an appointment with an Academic Counselor at a SWC site to review the courses needed for the degree in Surgical Technology to be sure you meet all requirements.


The cost of the Surgical Technology Program is currently estimated to be approximately $2,900 - $3,060. 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.

Fall 2019 Application Period

April 18, 2019 at 9 a.m. - May 31, 2019 at 11 a.m.

Applications submitted during this timeframe will be considered for the Surgical Technology class that begins August 2019 (Fall 2019).

Note: Submitting an application does not guarantee entry into the program.