Surgical Technology

SJVC’s Surgical Technology program teaches students the theory and application of sterile techniques, as well as human anatomy and therapeutic and diagnostic surgical procedures.

Surgical Technology Program Details

Skills Students Learn

Students in our Surgical Technology program learn:

  • Properly assemble surgical instruments and equipment
  • Create and maintain a sterile field
  • Anticipate the surgeon’s needs during operation
  • Provide pre, intra and post-operative care
  • Safely handle and care for specimens

Students learn in a simulated operating room environment and participate in clinical rotations to gain direct experience in a medical/surgical environment.

In accordance to the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), Standard V.A.3. and V.C., the program’s position and practice on student work policy is as follows:

“All student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution, nor receive any compensation, in the capacity of a surgical technologist.”

View SJVC’s Surgical Technology Program goals and learning domains.

Program Course Examples

Courses* taken by our Surgical Technology students include:

Surgical Case Management
Orientation to the surgical environment includes introduction of the roles of the surgical team members, attire, furniture, instrumentation, equipment, and supplies. The principles of asepsis and the practice of sterile technique are introduced. Fundamental elements of the three phases of surgical case management are presented. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.

Basic Surgical Procedures
This course introduces noninvasive and invasive diagnostic procedures as well as basic surgical interventions for the following: general, obstetric and gynecologic, endoscopic, otorhinolaryngologic, genitourinary, trauma, and orthopedic. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.

Advanced Surgical Procedures
This course encompasses an in-depth study of relevant surgical anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and diagnostic interventions as well as factors unique to the following advanced procedure areas: ophthalmic, oral and maxillofacial, plastic and reconstructive, oncologic, cardiothoracic, peripheral vascular, neurosurgical, and pediatric. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.

All Surgical Technology Case Requirements can be viewed from the ST 6th Edition Core Curriculum.

*Course listings are subject to change. Reference the SJVC College Catalog for the  most current program information.

Program Outcomes

Students can earn an Associate of Science degree in as few as 15 months and earn the following certifications: CPR, HIPAA, and Blood Borne Pathogens.

Graduates are eligible to apply to the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) National Certification Exam.*

*While the program offered on both the Rancho Cordova and Temecula campuses is in the process of emerging accreditation, students are allowed to sit for the NBSTSA Comprehensive (Secure) CST Practice Exam. When or if the program obtains CAAHEP Initial Accreditation status, then graduates will be eligible to apply to sit for the CST national certification exam.

OAE-CST Pass Rates


Outcomes Assessment Exam elected for this reporting year (2018):  CST

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CampusAnnual Reporting YearAcademic YearOAE Reported# of Students Graduated (CST Exam-eligible)# of Students Who Took CST Exam# of Students Who Passed CST Exam% of Students Who Passed CST Exam


The ARC-STSA Threshold for CST pass rate is 70%.

Program Availability

SJVC’s Surgical Technology program is available at the following campuses:

Career Opportunities

Surgical Technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon in clean, brightly lit and relatively quiet environments. Surgical Technologists stand for most of the day and perform duties that require concentration for extended periods of time. They enjoy job stability, a good salary and consistent work schedule.

Surgical Technologists can expect to work in:

  • Hospital operating rooms
  • Out-patient surgery centers
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery centers
  • Birthing Centers
  • Oral surgery centers

Accreditation and Approvals

Bakersfield and Fresno Campuses

The Surgical Technology program delivered at the Bakersfield and Fresno campuses is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA).

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Clearwater, FL 33763
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Rancho Cordova and Temecula Campuses

The Surgical Technology program on SJVC’s Rancho Cordova and Temecula campuses is new and not yet accredited. Both campuses are in the process of emerging accreditation.

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

Questions or requests to review documents pertaining to accreditation should be directed to:

Crystal G. VanderTuig, Accreditation Liaison Officer
San Joaquin Valley College
3828 West Caldwell Avenue, Visalia, CA 93277
(559) 734-9000

State Approvals

SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (

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