Surgical Technology

The Application Procedure deadline is March 1, 2016. 

Application packets are available to pick up in Registration, CTE Office, the Nursing Office, as well as online.  Click here for a STP application packet.
Only 5 students are admitted each year.


Click here for the SICCM pre-program information sheet.

This has contact information if you have any questions, and the step by step process of preparing to apply for the STP program.

This program is offered through SICCM, the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market.


  1. Graduate (or anticipate graduation by college entrance) from an approved High School or demonstrate equivalent competency (G.E.D. examination).
  2. Satisfy all general entrance requirements for admission to the college to which you applied prior to the application deadlines for the Medical Laboratory Technology Program.
  3. Take the Health Occupation Aptitude Examination – Revised (HOAE-R) by March 1.  See the HOAE testing section below for more information.
  4. Submit completed MLT Tech application form by March 1.
  5. Request official transcripts from previous college experience if desiring to transfer any coursework.It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all official transcripts have been received by the SIC Enrollment Services Office.

Upon admission to the program students will be required to successfully complete a 7.5 hour job shadowing experience; a physical exam; the fist of a series of three Hepatitis B Virus vaccinations (or sign a declination waiver); a two step TB skin test (and/or chest x-ray), a rubella titer (and/or immunization), documented proof of immunity to Rubeola (red measles) and immunity status to Varicella (chicken pox) and Pertussis (whooping cough), and a Tetanus immunization. These must be completed prior to the beginning of class. Students will also be required to have a second TB skin test and/or chest x-ray before the senior year of the program. Training and certification in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) must be completed before or prior to attending clinical sites in the second semester of the first year. Health insurance is required by clinical sites before students are allowed on-site. Students must provide proof of medical insurance in effect throughout the two year program.

HOAE Testing

  • All exams will be in Room A-153 in the Student Success Center (A-145).
  • Contact Ed Rose (ext. 2442) in advance to schedule a date and time to test.
  • Prior to taking HOAE test make payment to the SIC Business Office (E-246) of $35 for the HOAE testing fee.  Make check or money order payable to Southeastern Illinois College.  No Refunds.
  • Provide receipt as proof of payment on your scheduled test date.
  • Bring photo ID on scheduled test date.
  • HOAE scores will be considered valid for two academic years.
  • The HOAE may be taken up to two times within one academic year, with the highest score used for determination of admission.
  • Testing will be checked between campuses.
  • If an applicant has taken this test more than two times within an academic year, only the first two scores will be considered.
  • Sample questions for the HOAE test can be found by going to and clicking on Resources for Test Takers.

What is a Surgical Technologist?


As part of the surgical team, the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) is responsible for providing an optimal surgical environment for the patient. The CST is responsible for three phases of surgical patient care, or surgical case management. Some duties of the CST in each phase of case management include:

Preoperative Case Management

  • Donning OR attire and personal protective equipment
  • Preparing the OR
  • Gathering necessary equipment and supplies
  • Opening sterile supplies
  • Scrubbing and donning sterile gown and gloves
  • Organizing the sterile field for use
  • Counting necessary items
  • Assisting team members during entry to the sterile field
  • Exposing the operative site with sterile drapes

Intraoperative Case Management

  • Passing instrumentation, equipment and supplies to the surgeon and surgical assistant
  • Preparing and handling pharmaceuticals
  • Predicting needs of the patient and surgeon and preparing necessary items
  • Counting necessary items
  • Caring for specimens
  • Applying dressings

Postoperative Case Management

  • Maintaining the sterile field until the patient is transported
  • Removing used instruments, equipment and supplies from the OR
  • Caring and maintaining instruments, equipment and supplies following use
  • Preparing OR for the next patient

The median salary for Certified Surgical Technologists is approximately $12- $13 per hour. Shift differentials will add more per hour and the hourly wage will vary slightly at each health care institution. In many instances there is additional “call pay”.

 What could I expect as a Surgical Technology student?


Currently, STP courses are taught during the day. STP courses are taught on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays Fall Semester, and on Wednesdays Spring and Summer Semesters. There are three eight week clinical rotations; two are done in Spring Semester, and the final one is done in Summer Semester. These clinical rotations are done on either Mondays and Wednesdays Spring Semester, and Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in Summer Semester.

Clinical rotations may require considerable driving. Students should expect to potentially drive an hour or more to and from clinical sites. Students will use a lottery drawing system for selection of their choice of clinical sites. Driving time hinges on clinical site availability at a given point in the semester.

The STP is full-time only, with courses offered in specific sequence. All STP courses in a semester must be taken and passed in order to progress to any STP coursework of the next semester. All of the STP courses must be passed with a grade of a C or better. The program is designed to be completed within one calendar year, or three semesters. Supervised Clinical Rotations comprise over 500 clock hours in the spring and summer semester.

What costs are associated with this program?


Within this highly mobile program, admitted STP students will be responsible for the following expenses:

  1. Examination fee for Health Occupation Aptitude Examination -Revised ($35)
  2. Tuition (Currently $94.00 per credit hour at Southeastern Illinois College for in-district students)
  3. College fees ($50 per course X 7=$350)
  4. Books
  5. Costs of transportation to centralized laboratory classroom for STP courses and clinical sites
  6. Lab supplies: One Pair of Scrubs, clinic shoes, and safety glasses.
  7. Proof of Health Insurance or Medicaid
  8. Physical examination
  9. Tests: TB skin tests and/or chest x-rays, Rubella titer, possible Varicella and Pertussis titers.
  10. Immunizations: Hepatitis B Virus -series of 3, possible Rubella, Rubeola, Tetanus
  11. Program Assessment Exam Fee: $30
  12. Application fee for national certification examination (approx. $200)
  13. CPR certification (approximately $20)
  14. Cost for background check (approximately $37.00 +) and drug screen ($35)
  15. Voluntary organization dues and/or conference fees ($45 AST student membership)

Click here for a curriculum guide for our Surgical Tech Program.



The SICCM ST Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Graduates of the SICCM ST Program will qualify to sit for the Surgical Technologist National Certifying Examination. The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) is the certifying agency for surgical technologists. This computer-delivered examination will be administered by appointment and after application once eligibility has been established. Successful completion of this exam confers the title of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). Certification provides evidence that the certified individual has met the national standard for the knowledge that underlies surgical technologist practice. Certified individuals demonstrate mastery of a broad range of knowledge of surgical procedures, aseptic technique, and patient care by successfully completing the surgical technologists certifying examination.