WVNCC | West Virginia Northern Community College

WVNCC | West Virginia Northern Community College

Surgical Technology
Associate in Applied Science Degree

Prior to admission, students in this curriculum must demonstrate basic proficiency in reading, English, and mathematics, either by obtaining satisfactory scores on the West Virginia Northern placement tests or the ACT, by completing appropriate transitional education course work or by completing the courses at another accredited institution.

NOTE: This program has specific entrance requirements, application, and standards of progress requirements. See the Admissions/Registration and Policies sections for additional information.  Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to apply to the prograam.  All students are required to maintain a "C" or higher in each course to continue in the program. The program course requirements are presented in sequence. Part-time students and others who cannot follow this sequence should check course descriptions in the catalog to determine prerequisites and, in addition, should consult their academic advisor regarding the order in which they take courses. 

Important information:

Once accepted into the program, you will need to complete a Physical and a series of titers and vaccinations.  Most health insurance companies will pay for these.  Med Express also has worked out a plan with our institution to complete these for an estimate of $300-$400.  Also you are required to complete a background check and drug screening.  The estimated cost for this is $150-$185. 

If you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor for any reason, State or National credentialing boards, licensing board and agencies which require criminal background checks on potential employees and students may deny you employment or placement in certain settings, even if you have completed all academic requirements. If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, please contact the appropriate Health Science Program Director.

Please print and submit the required Health Science Application for Surgical Technology.

First Year – Fall Semester

Cr. Hours
AHS 103 Medical Terminology      1
BIO 114 Anatomy and Physiology I      3
MATH Math Core      2
ST 105 Surgical Technology I      4
ST 115 Clinical Practice I      3

First Year – Spring Semester

Cr. Hours
BIO 115 Anatomy & Physiology II      3
ENG 101 College Composition      3
ST 125 Anesthesia & Pharmacology for the Surgican Technologist      3
ST 150 Surgical Technology II      4
ST 155 Clinical Practice II      4

First Year - Summer Term

Course                                                     Cr. Hours
ST 175 Pathophysiology for the Surgical Technologist 3

Second Year - Fall Semester

Cr. Hours
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology      3
ST 200 Surgical Technology III      4
ST 210 Clinical Practice III      4
CIT 117 Microsoft Applications      3

Second Year - Spring Semester

Course Cr. Hours
ST 250 Surgical Technology IV      4
ST 255 Clinical Practice IV      4
SPCH 101 Interpersonal Communications
SPCH 105 Fundamentals of Speech
ST 260 Surgical Technology Seminar      2

Total Hours in Program – 60


A minimum grade of a “C” is required in all courses to remain in the program and graduate. 


Is Accredited through
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354
Continuing Accreditation was granted to the program through 2027

2017 Graduate Outcomes

CST Pass Rate 80%
Graduate Rate 100%
Employment Rate 87%

2018 Graduate Outcomes

CST Pass Rate 61%
Graduate Rate 86%
Employment Rate 88%

Clinical Case Requirement
As required by the ARC/STSA the clinical case requirement is
Standard: 120 cases

These cases are specificaly broken down into specialties and the roles a student takes in each surgery.  A copy of this requirement will be given to each student in the program's handbook and clinical syllabi once accepted into the program.

For career information contact:
Association of Surgical Technologists 7108-C South Alton Way
Englewood, CO 81112

For information on becoming a Certified Surgical Technologist contact:
6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 100
Littleton, Colorado 80120

For accreditation information contact :
1361Park Street
Clearwater, Florida 33756

6 West Dry Creek Circle Suite 110
Littleton, Colorado 80120