Surgical Technology

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Campus(s):Penn Valley: Health Science Institute
Program Coordinator:Roger Massey, 816.604.4665
Application deadline: February 15

  1. When does the program begin?
  2. How long will it take to earn a certificate?
    After the completion of admissions requirements and three prerequisite courses, you can earn a certificate in three semesters or just 11 months. Our program includes 50-56 hours of classroom instruction, surgery practical labs and clinical practice.

    NOTE: The certificate will no longer be an option after May 2015.

  3. Where do I take clinical practice?
    Clinicals may take place at Excelsior Springs Hospital, St. Luke's on the Plaza, St. Luke's in the Northland, Saint Luke's East, Providence Hospital, Research Medical Center, Lee's Summit Hospital, Center Point Hospital, North Kansas City Hospital, Olathe Medical Center, Saint Joseph Health Center and Truman Medical Centers, K.U. Medical Center, Various Outpatient Surgery Centers or Liberty Hospital.
  4. Can I earn a two-year degree?
    The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) is currently in place and will be the only option after May of 2015 for successful completion of the program. 
  5. Where can I work?
    The surgical technologist primarily works in the operating rooms of hospitals and is employed by outpatient surgery centers, doctor's offices, surgical technology programs and various medical vendors. Most of our students are employed while conducting clinical practice at their assigned site.
  6. What is the advantage of taking classes at MCC?
    You'll experience a hands-on, interactive learning environment. Classes are small for personal instruction. You'll get accredited training, dedicated instructors and excellent student services - all at an affordable cost.
  7. What kinds of classes will I be taking?
    You'll get a broad background in the basic sciences of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, pharmacology and microbiology to serve as the foundation for advanced subjects.
  8. What will it cost?
    Tuition cost is about $12,500. Higher tuition applies for students who do not live in district.
  9. What are the program admission requirements?

    Class size is limited to 18. Selection for admission is based on the earliest date of application submission and to those who meet all the admission requirements. Program acceptance letters are e-mailed in March.


    • You must be 18 years of age
    • You must provide a transcript of high school, GED, or evidence of home schooling, and any college work you may have completed
    • You must have a "C" or 2.0 GPA or higher
    • Take the COMPASS/ placement tests (required by MCC) with minimum scores or better in reading, writing and math (if your scores don't meet the minimum scores required, then you will need to take the recommended developmental classes and pass with a "C" or better to continue with the enrollment process)
    • Complete prerequisite courses: BIOL 109 Anatomy and Physiology, BIOL 150 Medical Terminology, and BIOL 208 Microbiology.
    • Submit transcripts listing completed prerequisite courses and developmental classes.
    • Pass a program interview
Last Modified: 1/8/14