Degrees & Certificates

Operating Room Patient Care Technician

Certificate of Achievement

Surgical Technology

Certificate of Achievement


In the operating room, careful planning and preparation are essential to deal with demanding, hectic and often life-threatening situations. A well-trained surgical technician can anticipate any situation, step in to support the surgeon and ensure smooth procedures in the OR.

You can perfect your skills and become a key member of the surgical team through Waubonsee's Surgical Technology Certificate Program.

You'll have the technical and personal preparation to thrive in this challenging and rewarding field—without the extensive study and cost of medical school. 

Studying Surgical Technology at Waubonsee

When you study surgical technology at Waubonsee, you'll benefit from our state-of-the-art facility and our partnership with Rush-Copley Medical Center. Our skilled instructors help you develop specific skills and gain confidence in the clinical environment. You'll explore anatomy and physiology to understand the human body, and practice handling instruments and using medical terminology.

Classes incorporate both theoretical and applied knowledge, and address the role of pharmacology in surgical settings as well as larger issues in health care—preparing you to participate in surgical procedures during your clinical rotations and giving you the well-rounded background needed for pre-, intra-and postoperative settings. You'll be able to think and act quickly during emergency situations, never losing focus on patient care and safety.

Working in Surgical Technology 

A surgical technician may be called upon to participate in a specific portion of a procedure, or might be involved in patient care from start to finish. As a result, these medical professionals rely on a broad range of skills, from setting up surgical instruments and equipment pre-op to seeing to patient needs post-op. You'll be at the surgeon's side, collaborate with the surgical and nursing team, and engage with patients. In addition to hospitals and emergency rooms, surgical technicians are found in clinics, outpatient facilities and even some doctors' offices. The field is also a foundation for other related careers in medicine and health care.

Program Recognition and Outcomes


Waubonsee’s Surgical Technology Program has been accredited by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), a recognition of quality as well assurance that your credits can transfer to a four-year university program.

Pass Rate

The 2018 Outcomes Assessment Pass Rate (CST) for the program was 75%, and there are a number of support services available to students so that they can successfully complete the program.

Career Program Outcomes

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Student Handbook


The Surgical Technology Program Student Handbook contains important program details. 

Costs and Payments


Expected costs of tuition, books and supplies for ORPCT certificate:

  • NAS 101 - $1150
  • COM 125 - $310
  • SUR 105 - $800

Learn more about costs and payments at Waubonsee.



Meet Your Faculty


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Gainful Employment

View information on costs, financing options and program length in weeks for our Surgical Technology Certificate.