**Our ST program will be on hiatus through 2020. We will resume the program in spring 2021.
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 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in May 2018, the average salary was $44,000.
Association of Surgical Technologists
6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 200; Littleton, CO 80120-8031
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.
*Note: If you have any convictions on your background check in the last 7 years, you will not be eligible to start the program.
- A.A. in Surgical Technology
- Certificate of Achievement: Surgical Technology
- Biology 210 – Human Anatomy (starting fall 2018)
Please note: the prerequisite for BIO210 is BIO110 or BIO111
- 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 grade of "C" or better.
CST Exam Scores
- National Average 70%, MiraCosta score for 2018: 77%
- National Average 70%, MiraCosta score for 2017: 80%
- National Average 70%, MiraCosta score for 2016: 80%
Department Chair: Sue Simpson
Office: Oceanside, Room T422
P 760.757.2121 x6572
Associate Dean: Sandy Comstock
Office: Oceanside, Building T420
Department: Nursing and Allied Health
Secretary: Mallory Fore
Office: Building T420
P 760.757.2121 x6466
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Office: Oceanside, Room 7056
P 760.757.2121 x6435
Office: Oceanside, Room 4405
P 760.757.2121 x6901