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School of Surgical Technology

The Maine Medical Center School of Surgical Technology prepares highly qualified and motivated students to be members of a modern surgical team. A Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) works closely with the surgeon, anesthesiologist, registered nurse, and licensed practical nurse to deliver direct patient care before, during, and after surgery. Learn more about MMC's School of Surgical Technology Teaching Philosophy.

Surgical technologists work principally in the operating room, performing functions and tasks that provide a safe environment for surgical care. They contribute to the efficiency of the operating team and support operating surgeons, nurses, and others involved in operative procedures. Surgical technologists also work in other patient service settings calling for special knowledge about asepsis or about methods of making or keeping an environment antiseptic. View a surgical technologist job description.

About the School

The Maine Medical Center School of Surgical Technology was established in 1969 and has graduated more than 1000 students. Maine Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and the School maintains full accreditation as awarded by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP).

The School of Surgical Technology is a one-year, full-time, self-contained program divided into two six-month semesters. First semester classes are held in our classroom at Southern Maine Community College and include basic sciences, care and safety of the patient, and principles of operating room technique. The second semester is primarily held at Maine Medical Center, enabling the student to gain practical experience in the operating room. Second semester students also participate in clinical rotations at several ambulatory surgery sites to maximize their clinical experiences.

Graduates are prepared and eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). The Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) certification pass rate for MMC graduates has consistently exceeded the national benchmark. As reported in the 2017 Annual Report to the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) in the 2015/2016 academic year, 95.2% of the MMC graduates enrolled in the School of Surgical Technology achieved the status of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) upon completion of the National Certification Exam.

One-Plus-One with Southern Maine Community College

In a cooperative effort with Southern Maine Community College (SMCC), a One-Plus-One program leading to an Associate Degree of Applied Science is offered to graduates of the School of Surgical Technology by the Department of Allied Health Science at SMCC. This optional program focuses on expanding careers through vertical mobility, refining practitioner levels and maximizing employment opportunities. After completion of year one of the MMC program and upon acceptance by SMCC, the candidate is awarded 45 credits toward advanced standing, which serve as the technical core. SMCC then requires a minimum of 22 credits to fulfill degree requirements. Regular course offerings or special offerings are available depending on student numbers and needs. Click here for more information on the One-Plus-One Program.