Surgical technologists prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment and help doctors during a range of surgical procedures. They also may be responsible for ensuring aseptic conditions in the operating room, as well as cleaning and preparing all instruments that might be needed in an operation.

This program prepares you for a career as a professional member of a surgical team. The certificate program is ideal for those who are already in the field of surgical technology who are looking for an accredited program to gain certification. Students are involved in lecture and discussion classes as well as clinical learning experiences.

This is the only program of its kind in the Capital Region. It is only one of four similar programs in the SUNY system.

The college also offers a Surgical Technology A.A.S. program. Both programs are offered through the Nursing Department. Contact the department to speak with an advisor about whether the degree or certificate program is right for you.

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Surgical technicians in operating room

Career Opportunities

Surgical technologist preparing medical tools

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of surgical technologists is expected to grow 30 percent between 2015 and 2022.

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Surgical technologists assisting during surgery

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the surgical technology committee on accreditation. Employers in New York State are required to hire certified surgical technologists from an accredited program.

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The median annual wage for surgical technologists was $46,310, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2017).

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Martha Desmond
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 204

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.