Be part of a lifesaving team as a surgical technologist with a degree from Collin College. Surgical technologists ensure a clean and orderly environment for surgery, assist doctors and other medical professionals, sterilize equipment and track surgical items as a procedure goes forward.

Surgical Technologist
Collin's two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program will prepare you for an entry-level position as a surgical technologist, providing you with a greater understanding of surgical procedures and your responsibilities as a member of the team. The first year of the program consists of prerequisites and general education courses. Once you have completed the first year, you may apply for admission into the program.

Central Sterile Processing
A two-semester level 1 certificate in Central Sterile Processing is also available and provides an introduction into the processes applied to surgical technology, including preparation of medical devices for use in surgery.

Surgical First Assistant (CSFA)
Surgical technologists who have already earned their AAS may choose to return for an advanced technical certificate (ATC) in surgical assisting. Graduates of this program are entitled to sit for the Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA) examination sponsored by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Collin's Surgical Assisting program is the only one of its kind in the state and one of only 11 in the nation.

Selective Admission Requirements

Program Options

AAS - Surgical Technology

Certificate Level 1 - Central Sterile Processing

Advanced Technical Certificate 1 - Surgical Assisting


The Collin College AAS–Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARCSTA). They may be contacted at:
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727.210.2350

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