Surgical Technology

Welcome! The MCC /Hartford Hospital Surgical Technology program is a two-year associate degree program that prepares graduates to handle the instruments, supplies and equipment necessary for a surgical procedure. Surgical technology students are taught sequentially, with concepts from basic to complex, in order to provide the student with the knowledge base essential to perform in their role as an entry-level surgical technologist and a member of a surgical team in the perioperative care of patients.

View the program curriculum.

Required non-core surgical technology courses are held on the MCC campus, and core surgical technology courses and clinical rotations are offered on the Hartford Hospital campus and within Hartford Healthcare System facilities. Upon successful completion of the program’s requirements, graduates are able to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting CST Certification Exam.

Program Outcomes

Year CST Exam Eligible Sat for CST Exam Pass Rate NBSTSA CST Exam ST Grads Employed CST/Related Fields
2018 100% 100% 100% = 4/4 100%
2019 100% 100% 90% =9/10 100%
2020 100% 100% 89% = 8/9 100%
2021 100% 100% 100% = 14/14 100%
2022 100% 100% 100%=15/15 100%


The program is accredited by the:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
9355 – 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775-7709.
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354

About  Surgical Technologists

For the surgical technologist, it’s a matter of principles. Skilled in the principles of asepsis and the practice of sterile technique, surgical technologists are on the front lines in today’s optimal surgical environments. The surgical technologist is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of the sterile surgical field, handles the instruments, supplies and equipment assists and anticipates the needs of the surgeon throughout the surgical procedure. The surgical technologist has the necessary academic knowledge and clinical ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure and is constantly on vigil for maintenance of surgical asepsis.

For the surgical technologist, it’s a matter of aeger primo meaning patient first. The surgical technologist works under the supervision of the surgeon and serves as an integral member of a surgical team to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of surgical procedures for every surgical patient.

For the surgical technologist, it’s a matter of professionalism. Surgical technology students are prepared to sit for a rigorous certification exam to earn a nationally-recognized credential as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). It is the single method by which all surgical technologists demonstrate their knowledge of the principles of surgical technology necessary for quality care of the surgical patient.

Find out about a career in surgical technology.

Application to the Program

Consideration for admission to the MCC Hartford Hospital Surgical Technology Program (Core Surgical Technology curriculum) follows a sequential and selective application/admission process. Details are listed below under Application Process, Admission Process, Offer of Admission Process and ST Fall/Spring Class.

Application process: Requirements to be eligible to submit an application to the Manchester Campus Hartford Hospital Surgical Technology Program:

  1. Attend a Surgical Technology information session before the application deadline of February 1, 2023.
  2. Complete Surgical Technology Program non-core ST courses (34 required course credits).  All candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Required 34 course credits include the following MCC courses or courses transferred for course credit. Credit for previous course completion must be evaluated by the Admissions office to be accepted for transfer.
    • BIO* 211: Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIO* 212: Anatomy and Physiology II
    • BIO* 235: Microbiology
    • CHE* 111: Concepts of Chemistry or any required prerequisite course for BIO*211
    • COM* 172 or COM*173: Interpersonal Communications or Public Speaking
    • ENG* 101: English Composition
    • MAT* 109: Quantitative Literacy or higher
    • PSY*111: General Psychology I
    • Elective: Gen Ed-The ARTS elective course
    • Elective: General Education Elective Course
    • If you have a question regarding the appropriate prerequisites for the Fall 2023 application cycle, please contact the program director listed below.
  3. Review the application process for selective admissions for Fall 2023 and beyond for CT State: Application Process.
  4. Submit the General Application for Admission/Selective Admissions Application by February 1, 2023.
  5. Submit official copies of all transcripts by February 1, 2023. Only electronic transcripts are acceptable.
    • For electronic transcripts, visit your previous institutions’ websites for instructions on how to order online transcripts

Admission Process

Requirements to advance in the admission process:

  • Meet all of the above application requirements.
  • Sit for the ST Program entrance exam and achieve 70% minimum score
  • Attend in person Oral/Written interview on the Hartford Hospital campus

The Maximum of ST candidates offered admission will be based on ST interview committee decision and number of scrub slots available at HHC facilities.

Offer of Admission Process: Requirements of all ST candidates offered fall admission:

  • Attend in person mandatory ST program orientation on Hartford Hospital campus
  • **Submit and PASS a background check (Instructions given at orientation)
  • Demonstrate ST Program physical standards met through submission of a current physical exam/immunization records (forms given at orientation)

**Due to standards set by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), students are advised that the Hartford Healthcare System facilities require a criminal background check, immunization records and physical exam upon acceptance to Core Surgical Technology Curriculum course of study held on the Hartford Hospital campus. Manchester Community College and/or Hartford Hospital cannot be responsible for finding an alternate academic/clinical placement for a student who fails to pass the background check.

ST Fall/Spring Class: Requirements of all ST students to remain in the ST program:

  • Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or greater in all SUR Core Curriculum Courses
  • Pass Clinical Lab Practical with 90% or greater to advance to 2nd Semester
  • Adhere to attendance policy with maximum of 5 days of absence allowed
  • Demonstrate safe, professional academic/clinical performance

Failure to meet the ST Program requirements listed above will result in disciplinary action and/or termination of the ST student from the MCC/Hartford Hospital ST program.

Surgical Technology Course of Study applicants, who are not successful in being accepted, are welcome to apply again for the next year. Any student unable to complete the requirements for the associate degree in Surgical Technology may be able to apply some or all of the credits completed to an associate degree in General Studies.  Students are advised to meet with an MCC Counselor to discuss degree completion requirements.

Questions: Additional information or questions on specific criteria for program acceptance should be directed to Terry J Kennedy, Director, MCC Hartford Hospital Surgical Technology Program: or leave a message 860-512-2734.

Contact Information

Terry Kennedy, CST, MAT
Program Director
Surgical Technology Program