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Health Professions Division

Surgical Technology


A surgical technologist is an allied health professional who has been specifically educated in asepsis, sterile technique, surgical procedures, and intraoperative patient care. You can become an integral part of a team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. The surgical technologist works to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. The program teaches you the duties of using sterile technique, handling a variety of surgical instruments and supplies, and performing functions during surgery under the supervision of the surgeon.

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What do our students learn?

  • Sterilize and prepare operating room for a variety of surgeries
  • Stock, prepare and sterilize the necessary instruments and supplies for surgical procedures
  • Use proper surgical instruments
  • Assist surgeons during surgery
  • Maintain a sterile environment
  • Practice surgical procedures in the OR lab in preparation for clinical practice
  • Perform surgical wound care

Why CEI's Surgical Technology program?

  • Lowest cost in Idaho
  • Work in unique surgical sites
  • 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio
  • Get over 500 clinical hours
  • 91.7% Pass Rate on CST exam (2018)
  • The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (

How Long Will it Take?

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS):
    • 2 full-time semester of qualifying prerequisites
    • 2 full-time semesters in professional program (10 months)

Where are our graduates working?

  • All regional hospitals
  • Physician's offices
  • Surgical centers
  • Sales companies


82.36% - Average placement for graduates over the past five years

How much do our graduates make?

Over the last five years, our graduates started out averaging $27,809 to $48,048*

(Based on a 2080-hour work year, wage information is given within the first year of employment)

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