Note: There is currently a three-year wait for entrance into the Surgical Technology Program. The program begins every Spring Semester.
MiraCosta College is one of only four community colleges in all of California to offer a Surgical Technology Program. Surgical technologists are allied health professionals, who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. The surgical technologist works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, the equipment functions properly, and the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.
The Surgical Technology Program will prepare individuals to work primarily in the operating room. Employment opportunities are also available in surgical centers, labor and delivery rooms, cast rooms, emergency departments, ambulatory care areas and central supply departments. According to the Association of Surgical Technologists, the average salary for surgical technologists in the State of California is $35,000 - $40,000 annually.
MiraCosta Certificate / Associate Degree
Upon completion of the program, students will earn a 38-unit certificate in surgical technology. Students may receive a 60-unit associate degree upon completion of additional course work and other requirements as listed in the college catalog, available online or at the MiraCosta Bookstore.
Detailed information regarding the application process, pre-requisites, course work, eligibility requirements, tuition and expenses, please refer to the Surgical Technology Application Packet, which can be downloaded on this webpage or picked up in person in the Admission & Records office or Building T420.
- A.A. in Surgical Technology
- Certificate of Achievement: Surgical Technology
- Nursing 151 - Body Systems Survey for Health Professionals or Anatomy (BIO210) or Physiology (BIO220)
- Nursing 155 - Basic Medical Terminology
- Pharmacology 100 – Basic Pharmacology. Please note: the prerequisite for PHAR100 is MATH20 or qualification through the Math Competency Exam.
- All prerequisites must be completed with a passing garde of "C" or better.
Department Chair: Julie Vignato
Dean: Al Taccone
Department: Nursing and Health
Secretary: Mallory Fore
Tanisha Turner, Instructional Associate