Surgical Technologist Program Overview

​​​​​​​​​​​​The Surgical Technologist program will prepare you for a career in health care that allows you to make a difference in people's lives. Our faculty draw on their knowledge and experience to ensure​​​​​ student success.

The Surgical Technologist program is located in the Downtown Health Sciences Center (formerly El Centro’s Center for Allied Health and Nursing)​ at 301 N. Market St., a block north of the El Centro downtown campus. Opened in 2008 to house El Centro’s allied health programs, the center comprises 55 classrooms and labs that contain some of the most advanced equipment available to educate health care students.

The center’s high-tech equipment includes:

  • Teaching labs that simulate surgical and hospital settings for specific program applications.
  • Microphones and cameras in each classroom to capture audio and video instruction.
  • Three classrooms with videoconferencing for two-way viewing.
  • Two simulation labs with computerized patient mannequins.

The Surgical Technologist program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. The professional organization for surgical technologists is the Association of Surgical Technologists, and the national certification exam is administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.


Outcomes Assessment Examination (OAE) Pass Rate:

YearNumber of GraduatesNumber of Graduates who took CST ExamNumber of Graduates who Passed CST ExamPercentage of Graduates that Passed CST Exam
2020 - 2021

2019 - 202077686%
2018 - 2019 88788%
2017 - 2018101010100%​