Surgical Technology (SUT)

The Surgical Technology Program at Sinclair Community College has been CAAHEP approved since 1998 and offers the opportunity to prepare for a career as a member of a surgical team.

A surgical technologist works together with the surgeon, registered nurse, and anesthesiologist as a member of the surgical team. To ensure proper surgical case management, the surgical technologist prepares and passes all sterile instruments during the surgical procedure while maintaining the sterile field and anticipating the needs of the surgeon.

The surgical technologist helps to meet the needs of patients in the operating rooms of hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, physician offices, diagnostic facilities, and other agencies where surgery is performed.

The program includes both didactic instruction and supervised clinical practice in all areas required by CAAHEP. Supervised clinical practice in area operating rooms include participating in procedures in general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, plastic surgery, urology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, thoracic surgery, and cardiovascular and peripheral vascular surgery.


As of September 30, 2014: Surgical Technology students will rotate through the clinical affiliates as scheduled in the course sequence. The standard surgical rotation case requirements that students must achieve is 120 cases, following the AST Core Curriculum, 6th edition.

Students must complete a minimum of 120 cases as delineated below.

  1. General Surgery cases
    • Students must complete a minimum of 30 cases in General Surgery; 20 which must be performed in the First Scrub Role.
    • The remaining10 cases may be performed in either the First or Second Scrub Role.
  2. Specialty cases
    • Students must complete a minimum of 90 cases in various surgical specialties, excluding General Surgery;
    • 60 which must be performed in the First Scrub Role. The additional 30 cases may be performed in either the First or Second Scrub Role.
    • A minimum of 60 surgical specialty cases must be performed in the First Scrub Role and distributed amongst a minimum of (4) four surgical specialties.
    • The remaining 30 surgical specialty cases may be performed in any surgical specialty either in the First or Second Scrub Role.
  3. Optional surgical specialties
    • Diagnostic endoscopy cases and vaginal delivery cases are not mandatory. However, up to 10 diagnostic endoscopic cases and 5 vaginal delivery cases can be counted toward the maximum number of Second Scrub Role cases.
  4. Observation cases must be documented, but do not count towards the 120 required cases.


All student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing his or her clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be receiving any monetary remuneration during this educational experience, nor will he or she be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution, in the capacity of a surgical technologist.

Important Information about Health Sciences Programs: The Health Sciences (HS) Programs consist of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each HS program's webpage.