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Surgical Technologist


The application process for the September 2023 Cohort is OPEN!

Application Steps:

  1. Orientation for the 2023 Cohort: completed annually on or before April 2023 
  2. Online Written Application: Available starting January 16 and due midnight April 30, 2023 (See example of Directions & Guide from 2022 here
  3. Personal Presentation and Interview: June 2023 (dates TBD)
  4. Mandatory Program-Specific Orientation: August 2023 (date TBD); enrollment packet requirements must be completed by cohort and waitlist students
  5. Program Starts - September 5, 2023

Beginning September 2024, the program transitions to an Associate of Applied Sciences Degree and will use the 7th Edition of the Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology required by CAAHEP for continuing accreditation of MDAE's Surgical Technologist program.  Prior to enrollment, students applying to the September 2024 program will be required to have 18 credits in California Community College-approved General Education coursework covering areas I through IV.  Refer to the Diablo Valley College (DVC) Catalog for Associate Degree Option 1 requirements. 

More detailed information will be available in summer 2023.

About the Surgical Technologist Program

Train to become a strong patient advocate who works alongside and assists the surgeon in a variety of surgical procedures. Learn to establish and maintain the sterile field, prepare the operating room for surgery with the necessary equipment, set up instruments and supplies, and perform perioperative tasks within a Surgical Technologist’s scope of practice. Simultaneously, learn the necessary basic sciences, such as medical terminology, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, and surgical pathology. 

Mt. Diablo’s Surgical Technologist program is nationally accredited through CAAHEP and is regularly an Association of Surgical Technologists Galaxy Star recognized school, maintaining high retention, certification, and placement rates. The program has a philosophy of meeting students where they are and has a student-centered approach to teaching and learning with a focus on developing students’ sense of ownership and empowerment to be successful in their educational journey and future career as a surgical technologist.

Recent graduates have been hired for per diem, full-time, and part-time positions at the following facilities:

  • BASS Surgery Center
  • Donor Network West
  • John Muir Health
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center
  • Marin Health System
  • Premier Surgery Center
  • Providence Medical Center
  • Stanford Healthcare
  • Stryker (Orthopedic Sales)
  • Sutter Health
  • University of California, San Francisco Medical Center

Program Details:

  1. Length of Program: 12 Months
  2. Cost: $14,000* - FAFSA, WIOA, and payment plan available.
  3. Schedule (subject to change): 
  • Weeks 1-23: Monday through Friday; 8:30am - 3:00pm  (including open labs)
  • Weeks 24-30:
    • Group I: Mondays through Wednesdays 8:30am - 3:00pm; Clinical Externship Days** on Thursdays and Fridays 

    • Group II: Wednesdays through Fridays 8:30am - 3:00pm; Clinical Externship Days** on Mondays and Tuesdays

  • Weeks 31- 45: Wednesdays 8:30am - 3:00pm; Clinical Externship Days** on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays  

The final two weeks are for makeup hours as needed, final certification exam prep, CST exam, and graduation.

*Final cost for the 2022-2023 school year will be determined in June 2022.

**Hours may vary during clinical externship.

 Due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, the program follows a hybrid schedule with a combination of in-person skills classes and online lectures and assignments utilizing Canvas and Zoom for its online asynchronous and synchronous learning.

program objectives

  • Prepare entry-level Surgical Technologists who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

  • Provide the necessary curriculum, materials, instruction, and professional guidance in a safe and comfortable learning environment for successful completion of the surgical technologist program. 

  • Train Surgical Technologists of the highest quality who uphold professional standards, such as, self-discipline, responsibility, collaboration, integrity, positivity, enthusiasm, self-motivation, confidence, and effective communication. 

  • Graduate Surgical Technologists who are fully committed to the roles and responsibilities of a surgical technologist and to continuing ongoing professional development following graduation. 

Program requirements for graduation

  • Meet the minimum attendance requirements.
  • Maintain at least an 80% in each course and in the Overall Grade.
  • Satisfactorily complete all assignments.
  • Exhibit professional behavior throughout the program.
  • Successfully complete a clinical externship (meet hour and case requirements).
  • Take the National Certifying Exam for Surgical Technologists (CST).

Graduation, Certification, and placement

Surgical Technologist Program ARC/STSA Annual Report Program Outcomes Data:

Annual Reporting of Program Outcomes


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REQUIREMENTS for 2023 Cohort: Complete 2-day Orientation, online written application, personal presentation & interview, high school diploma or GED, health insurance, updated vaccinations, and CPR/BLS.

job outlook

In the East Bay Area, employment of Surgical Technologists is expected to increase more than the national average, by 24.4% over the next 5 years. The current median wage is $39.19 an hour and then entry-level wage is about $36.30 (low percentile). The average starting wage for Mt. Diablo graduates over the last 3 years is $40.30 with 75% obtaining full-time benefited employment.

(Source: California Employment Development Department graduate outcomes data surveys)

Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule 2022

  • December 7th  11:30-1:00pm

For more information, please contact our CTEC office.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs logoMt. Diablo Adult Education's Surgical Technologist Program is Accredited by CAAHEP.

9355 - 113th St. N, #7709 
Seminole, FL 33775
Phone: 727-210-2350